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hacking a trolling motor

I got a really good deal on a 28 lb Minn Kota to use in my 9 ft inflatable (Tinker Tramp). The motor is the bass boat type with a foot pedal and big swing down bracket.

I'm sure I'll figure out something but I thought I'd see if anyone has done this.

I could hang on the stern with pintles and use it like an outboard or i could fix it the stern on one side and use the boats tiller.

ANy thoughts?
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There will probably be quite a few ideas here, but for what it's worth, here's my 2 cents. I don't guess you can get it on the front of the inflatable, but that is the best. Sometimes there isn't enough thrust to turn against wind, even with 28 lbs.,when mounted on the stern. 2nd option is to use the motor like a small outboard on the transom. I have one and it can be turned around to run in a forward position on the stern. I wouldn't try to use it with a separate rudder. You will have to make way before the rudder will become effective. Direct steering will be much easier with direct steering by the motor. Hope it helps.
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