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Another stupid move...
April 29, 2005
3:41 pm
DL
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Hey,

Alright gentlemen, another page in my book of blunders. In seating my Motorguide 743 trolling motor into its cradle the prop head wouldn't lay to one side or the other. I pushed it to the left and it wouldn't move, I pushed it the right and it wouldn't move so I forced it to the right, the direction in which I thought it should lay, and SNAP something gave way and it lay to the right. Ok, I thought, must have just hung up somewhere. WRONG!!! The last time I took the boat out and tried to use the damn thing the head just spun around in circles.
I sat down last night and pulled the cover off of it and out fell three equal size pieces of what used to be the steering control mechanism. Obviously it was a cog-like mechanism that had been a part of the top of the lower arm that runs up through the upper arm. Now I didn't fully disassemble the top housing, just took the cover off.
What I guess I'm asking is: a) does anyone know of a place on the web that I can look for an exploded view of this motor to get a part number and in turn order a new part; b) something that I can use to fix the pieces back together...looks like cast aluminum; or c) should I just take the damn thing to a Motorguide repair center and get raped to have it repaired?

DL

DL

April 29, 2005
6:54 pm
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Dave, Dave, Dave {[{[ {[{[ {[{[ {[{[
If your going to do this stuff, you gotta stop posting it!

We may only see what we look for.

April 29, 2005
7:13 pm
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Hey Barry,

I know, I know. But I figure, at this point, you guys will make allowances for my rather dim witted behavior at times.

DL

DL

April 29, 2005
9:11 pm
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DL,

If the cost to repair is high, I have a 24 volt 76lb nearly new Motor Guide for sale. I am not sure if you have a 12 or 24 volt but the difference is night and day in performance. (both power and length of charge)

Greg

PS I'll throw in a black/silver musky killer I have acquired 😉

April 29, 2005
9:57 pm
DL
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Hey Greg,

How much of a hassle is it to convert from 12volt to 24volt? Just loading a higher amp fuse? That and I guess I'd have to carry at least two batteries in the boat? Let me know and I may take you up on it because 76 pounds of thrust versus the 43 that I'm dealing with now would be a great improvement. Especially for those "electric only" or "hp restricted" waters. At least until I can get a 9.9 hp kicker engine. So hold on to both the Motorguide and that bonus item you had mentioned. 8)

DL

DL

April 30, 2005
12:22 am
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Hey Dave,

If you don't end up with Greg's motor, here's a servicing place that should be able to help you out. The guy is really helpful and knowledgeable. He can ship the parts right to you if you want to fix it yourself.

B & B Plaza
910 York St.
Hanover, PA 17331
Phone: 717-637-9611
Alternate Phone: 800-944-3797
Fax: 717-637-9611

Coverting from 12 to 24 volt is not that bad. Another battery, a second circut breaker, a whole second set of wires, and a new 24 volt female plug in adapter. The motor just plugs in and you're off.

Hope this helps -Eric

April 30, 2005
3:04 am
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DL,

As Eric said, it should not be that difficult. To me, and I realize that I am the one trying to sell you the motor, you would be crazy not upping to a 24 volt system, especially if you are going to fish rivers like the Susquehanna and Delaware or fish Mercer and March Creek. Nothing like current to wear down your batteries!!! While you may be able to get the trolling motor fixed for a couple hundred bucks, why not upgrade to 24 volts and 33 lbs more power for a little more.

Let me know, the motor is sitting in storage waiting for a new owner!!

Greg

April 30, 2005
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Greg
Is there really that much of a difference in longevity in the power of a 24V during a day of fishing

April 30, 2005
3:23 pm
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Greg is right. I had an 82lb. 24 volt motorguide tour model and it had a lot of guts! I could go all weekend on the Allegheny (2 and a half days of fishing) without recharging. Realize that I primarily used it for positioning and holding in current for a few more casts- not for trolling. Even at that, my foot was on that pedal hundreds of times a day!

I switched to a Minn Kota powerdrive system last year which is a 74 lb. unit. Definatly a difference in power, but still more than addequate for the river scene. The only reason I made the change is because they have a composite lifetime warranty shaft. Motorguide's is stainless steel and I occasionally bend a shaft. That's why I know B&B is a good place for parts! Also realize that I fish a heavy boat, in some nasty current and rocks (much like Greg). This is not a problem in most applications- Motorguides are built like tanks!

I think the upgrade would blow you away. It doesn't sound like it's that much more power, but the difference would be huge!!!! -Eric

May 2, 2005
4:10 pm
DL
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Hey,

Thanks Eric for the heads up on that place in Hanover. That's 5 miles outside of my hometown of Littlestown. I'll definately give them a call. Hell, even if I can the part relatively cheap and fix it myself it will give me something to use while I upgrade the boat to a 24volt system.
Greg, I'm still chewing on the idea and will get back to you when I have a better understanding of what it will take to upgrade. If I can kick out the wiring over a weekend then I'll be back at you soon. Where would I look for the wiring and the parts needed to convert it myself? I'm a pretty decent do-it-yourselfer when I put my mind to it.

DL

DL

May 3, 2005
6:35 pm
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YA........
WE CAN TELL!

Bigfish

May 3, 2005
7:05 pm
DL
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Hey now!!! I break, lose and just generally destroy alot of stuff; which is why I've become farely astute at fixing things!!!! O0

DL

DL

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