If you spend a lot of time fishing in your canoe, or just like the idea of cruising in your boat without having to paddle, a lightweight drag motor may be just the thing. If you have a finished square boat, attach the drag motor to the transom. For a regular double-ended boat, you will have to make an engine mount on which to hang your traction motor. The work is not difficult and can be completed in less than an hour. Our Best Trolling Motor Battery guide will help you to select the best one for your boat.
- Measure the width of the canoe just ahead of the aft deck behind the aft bench or seat. Add 12 inches to the width of the boat and cut a two by four to that length.
- Join the two-by-four across the side of your canoe just in front of the aft deck, with the extra width protruding into the side most comfortable for you. If your strongest point stops rowing, extend the motor support to the right, and vice versa. C-Clamp the board joint on both sides.
- Squeeze the C-clamps on the rail until a dimple in the wood, and then loosen and take the clamps off. With a little paddle, drill a 1/4 inch deep hole the size of the dimple with a bit of paddle. This allows the end of the C-clamp to fit firmly into the hole and prevents slippage when the motor is mounted.
- Position a 10-inch 2-by-10 on its edge along the back corner of the 2-by-4 where it hangs over the side. Frames, where the vertical position 2-by-10 meets the transverse member 2-by-4. Set the hinge in place and mark around it on the boards. Mark and pre-drill the holes for the mounting screws for the strap. Screw the hook in place so that the 2-by-10 mounting block folds forward. This allows the motor to lift if it hits something. The thrust in front of the propeller will keep the engine in an upright position.
- Fasten the drive motor of the mounting hinge with the motor mounting brackets. Drill two holes through the transverse member 2-by-4 near the fence close and large enough to push the power cable through one and the cable to the speed control pedal through the other. Engage the power cord and the speed pedal for the engine.
- Set the battery towards the bow of the canoe and attach it with a strap to a bench so that it does not move around. Use a deep cycle sea battery. A backup battery is a good idea, but it will limit the number of people and the amount of equipment you can charge.
Tips and warnings
- If a traction motor is used, a canoe less than sixteen feet must be operated alone. A footer or eighteen years is better if you are carrying two passengers and supplies in a boat with a motor mounted drag.
- If a tip the canoe and the battery is not connected, you can sink and take the drag motor with it. A marine battery is massive and can be extremely difficult to rescue.
- If you use a backup battery, connect a switch between the two cells, so you do not have to remove and change the cables in the water. That way, you can safely turn to the backup.
- Mount the trawl motor as close to the stern as possible.
- In some states, if you install a traction motor or any motor in your canoe, you will have to register your boat with the state. If you operate at night, you will have to add a red and green light according to local laws.