Selecting a trolling motor plug, especially if using it in saltwater, is an important decision. Capt. Chris Myers shows the type of plug he uses on the Minn ...

  • jvelvetpants says:
    What is wrong with my trolling motor on my bass boat?
    I just bought a used 16' bass boat with a MotorGuide Three 727 trolling motor with 24lb thrust. The motor is 12 volt and was made back in about 1985. When I put the motor in the water, it will run at full speed for about 5 sec and then shut completely off. I have to wait about a minute or so before it will respond again. The person who sold me the boat hard wired the motor directly to the trolling battery. I mention this only because a coworker has a later model MotorGuide and said that his has a connector plug that connects to a port at the front of the boat. The trolling battery has a full charge ( I checked it and connected it to a charger to make sure that it was full). I suspect that somehow the motor is pulling too many amps or something and that the motor is shutting off as a safety measure to prevent damage. Any ideas would be appreciated (other than "buy a new trolling motor").
    says:
    First thing I would do is get a circuit breaker in the system. Then as mentioned before something is getting hot and it is shutting down. Look under the pedal and check ALL the connections, to make sure there is no corrosion and they are tight. Also check for what might look like hot spots, black spots on the connectors. After that you may have to take it some place and have it looked at, I know how to take the top of the motor and check things there but not sure how to tell someone else to...
  • Shane says:
    What gauge wire do I need for a 24v trolling motor with 23' of marine cable?
    Installing 24v bow mount trolling motor and the batteries in the rear, My research points to 2 AWG with acceptable amperage loss but it seems 6 AWG is the popular choice. I'm unsure that you can fit 2 AWG wire onto any commercially available receptacle? The trolling motor receptacle will be approx 23' from the batteries (after routing on a 21' boat). If 6 AWG is rated 50 amp then won't I run the risk of wire melting at max amperage? I have also purchased two 60 amp breakers, one for each battery. (56 amp max draw from the trolling motor) In case it wasn't clear that will be approx. 46' circuit.
    mobile mike says:
    The boats that I work on that come pre-rigged with a trolling motor harness use # 8.Atho the wire run is not quite as long as yours,15' or so,I've never seen a problem with the wire itself.The connections are another issue.Use the very best connectors and plug and socket that you can find,dielectric grease at the plug,and be sure that your crimps are 100%.++++++EDIT++++++Just got to work and checked a boat that I am rigging.20' run trolling motor wire,6 AWG.You might look at some of the twist...
  • jvelvetpants says:
    What is wrong with my trolling motor?
    I just bought a used 16' bass boat with a MotorGuide Three 727 trolling motor with 24lb thrust. The motor is 12 volt and was made back in about 1985. When I put the motor in the water, it will run at full speed for about 5 sec and then shut completely off. I have to wait about a minute or so before it will respond again. The person who sold me the boat hard wired the motor directly to the trolling battery. I mention this only because a coworker has a later model MotorGuide and said that his has a connector plug that connects to a port at the front of the boat. The trolling battery has a full charge ( I checked it and connected it to a charger to make sure that it was full). I suspect that somehow the motor is pulling too many amps or something and that the motor is shutting off as a safety measure to prevent damage. Any ideas would be appreciated (other than "buy a new trolling motor").
    45 auto says:
    Sound like the Motor has water in it an is binding up over load NOT good.Have had a few they don't last forever??? Might be in the control cost more to fix than worth since it's a 1985???
  • redneckchampion says:
    How do you change a trolling motor plug-in on the boat from 12 volt3post to 24 volt 4 post?
    I just purchased a new motorguide trolling motor to replace my old motorguide that was a 12/24 volt. The new one is 24 volt and has 4 post on the plug. I purchased a 4 post female end and now I am unsure how to wire it up so the 4 plug will work. Any suggestions? Ther are 4 wires, two black one red one orange on the boat that go to my 12 volt batteries, which I have 2 of.
    wannac says:
    go get the other half of the connector

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  • Wire not included
  • Heavy-duty connector
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  • Watertight sealing cap and corrosion-resistant electrical components
  • Works on 12 to 36 volt system
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