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trolling motor generator

well I had an idea the other day as I was sailing my boat with a set of dead house batteries that I might be able to use a trolling motor as a generator I just have a little macgragor 22 so eating up space with solar pannels is not an option. I am an industrial maintenance tech so I can handle the technical end of things ok I just wanted to know if anyone has tried it or heard of it being done and the results befor I spend the whopping 50 bucks on the project.
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I have a 100 amp water generator on my boat that looks a lot like a trolling motor. I dont think it would be real hard to make the motor into a charger. For $50, try it and let us know how it works.
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You'd also have to consider some kind of voltage regulator / controller.
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Motor mounts and shaft couplers, oh my...

It's long past time to replace my 20Y/O motor mounts. Im looking at the R&Ds. They are listed by capacity. Is that for each mount, ie 200lbs is for an 800lb engine or are they 50lbs each? (Not real numbers). Also are they sold each or as a set of four? Im looking at West but I cant tell.
Also want to add a flexable shaft coupler, will I have to shorten the shaft to put one in?
As always, thanks in advance.
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