Club Boat DIY Rudder?

Dec 03 2021

Chris Harper

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Club Boat DIY Rudder?

I usually fish out of the club provided Jon boats, and someone turned me on to a device that lets you put the trolling motor on the front, and it works well. My question is, has anyone found a way to add something to the back of the boats to keep me from going into the deadly spin when the wind gets up, or is switching directions? I try to work into the wind to help, but if the wind is blowing faster than I am running the motor, I spend all my time repositioning the boat. Has anyone come up with a Rudder solution? Hell, I don’t even know if that would help, so any suggestions are appreciated. I do anchor up sometimes but want to keep that to a minimum if possible.

I did look for other posts, but I didn’t see anything that talked about this topic.

Regards,

Chris

 

Dec 03 2021

Steve Carpenter

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Chris;

I clamped a bull nose rudder to an old trolling motor to prevent the spinning. It has worked well. You can order them on-line. There is an old discusssion of rudders in an early discussion on this forum.

Steve

Dec 05 2021

Mike Nicoloff

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Not sure about a Jon boat but I attached an anchor trolley to my kayak. It is the best $25 I ever spent and let's me position the anchor at the bow or stern……...or anywhere else in between.  This way, and depending on the wind, I can reposition the anchor to vary my vantage point and change the casting angles on the fly. 

Dec 08 2021

Chris Harper

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Originally Posted by Steve Carpenter

Chris;

I clamped a bull nose rudder to an old trolling motor to prevent the spinning. It has worked well. You can order them on-line. There is an old discusssion of rudders in an early discussion on this forum.

Steve

Steve, Thanks for your response. I will try searching the threads using a few different terms like Bull Nose to see what I can find.

Dec 08 2021

Chris Harper

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Originally Posted by Mike Nicoloff

Not sure about a Jon boat but I attached an anchor trolley to my kayak. It is the best $25 I ever spent and let's me position the anchor at the bow or stern……...or anywhere else in between.  This way, and depending on the wind, I can reposition the anchor to vary my vantage point and change the casting angles on the fly. 

 

Mike,

I appreciate your comments. I use a similar system when I take my Kayak out, but I don’t feel safe in my Kayak when water is cold, or the wind blows harder than 10 miles per hour. If my Kayak seat were a little higher, I would probably use it more, but it’s been so convenient to use the club boats with a Trolling motor. I wanted to see if I could be more efficient while out in them.

Dec 08 2021

Craig Awtrey

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If you have the old trolling motor mount(it sounds like you have the pro control ez mount installed), a piece of pvc pipe and the bullnose rudder would work.

I use a bullnose rudder on my trolling motor mounted on the transom and it works well for controlling spin and drift.

As long as you have clearance with the bullnose rudder using the front mount position, it will give you some control.

I frequently(pretty much always) spin the motor around on the transom and slow motor into the wind and the bullnose rudder clears the boat. 42” shaft length and the rudder is installed right above the prop.

I also like to use a small piece of wood and rubber to reinforce the mount position and provide more to grip. It also provides the benefit of having to turn the mount clamp less to secure.

 

 

 

Dec 08 2021

Chris Harper

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Originally Posted by Craig Awtrey

If you have the old trolling motor mount(it sounds like you have the pro control ez mount installed), a piece of pvc pipe and the bullnose rudder would work.

I use a bullnose rudder on my trolling motor mounted on the transom and it works well for controlling spin and drift.

As long as you have clearance with the bullnose rudder using the front mount position, it will give you some control.

I frequently(pretty much always) spin the motor around on the transom and slow motor into the wind and the bullnose rudder clears the boat. 42” shaft length and the rudder is installed right above the prop.

I also like to use a small piece of wood and rubber to reinforce the mount position and provide more to grip. It also provides the benefit of having to turn the mount clamp less to secure.

 

 

 

Craig,

 

It makes sense. I will give this a try. Thanks for the info.

Dec 08 2021

Steve Carpenter

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My boat is a 14 foot fiber glass jon boat on a tilt trailer with rollers. The back trollling motor with the bull nose and a front motor makes it easier to dock and take off is our weedy lakes. The discussion of rudders is on 5-25-15 durong doscussion of Pro 120

Dec 08 2021

Chris Harper

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Originally Posted by Steve Carpenter

My boat is a 14 foot fiber glass jon boat on a tilt trailer with rollers. The back trollling motor with the bull nose and a front motor makes it easier to dock and take off is our weedy lakes. The discussion of rudders is on 5-25-15 durong doscussion of Pro 120

Thanks, Steve good info. It looks like I also needed to search Bullnose one word instead of two. I appreciate everyone's input.

Dec 08 2021

Steve Carpenter

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Good luck