Hello everyone. I’m new to this site, which looks great. I’m looking forward to learning from many of you.
Last summer, I bought a used Coleman Scanoe with 2 seats (no center seat). I bought a really nice 55lb thrust Minnkota Maxxum transom trolling motor to go with it. Today, I took this set up out for the first time and I noticed it was extremely uncomfortable to fish/control the boat.
I have 2 issues/questions:
- Does anyone have a scanoe and can recommend a removable middle seat – something non-permanent that I can install and uninstall quickly without tools? Today, I had my wife so balance (bow and stern) was ok but if I fish solo, I think I want to sit closer to the middle.
- My second issue is a little more complex and it has to do with the motor mount. Now the reason I bought a scanoe in the first place was b/c of its square stern – in other words, no need for a motor mount. But I found it extremely uncomfortable on my body to try to sit forward while reaching back to try to control the motor. I came home and started to do some research on canoe motor mounts. I found out that there are a lot of motor mounts out there for mounting an electric motor off the side (port or starboard) of the canoe. Thing is, it looked to me like the mounts I’m referring to were meant to be used in the stern. My question is this. Can you mount one of these mounts towards the bow and use it to have your motor pull rather than push your boat? Is this preferable or more efficient? Does the motor mount necessarily have to be near the bow or stern? In other words, what would happen if you mounted it closer to the middle so one could sit in a middle seat, look forward and control your motor? Would this mess up boat control?
Thanks in advance for your help.