Minn Kota introduces a new line of Engine Mount (EM) electric motors that provides freshwater anglers a new alternative for boat rigging, and a new tool for boat positioning and bait presentation.
These electric trolling motors mount on the cavitation plate of an outboard or stern drive lower unit, so they are completely out of sight. Because there is no stowing or deploying required, the EM motors are always ready to use. When the boat is on plane, the Engine Mount motor rides completely out of the water so it will not affect the normal performance of the boat or engine.
“Our Engine Mount motors are a great option for people who own a recreational boat that is designed primarily for skiing or cruising,” Minn Kota Manager of New Product Development Jeff Davison said. “Many runabouts don’t have room on the bow or transom for a trolling motor. But with the Engine Mount motor you have the ability to turn your runabout into a fishing boat without making it look like a fishing boat.”
Minn Kota Engine Mount motors come in a power range from 55 to 220 pounds of thrust and are ideal for boats from 14 to 26 feet in length. The composite mounting bracket is designed for optimal strength and corrosion resistance, and is available in single or dual motor configurations.
The EM series also offers serious anglers a new tool for boat positioning and bait presentation. Dean Arnoldussen, a professional walleye angler, discovered very quickly some distinct advantages of using Minn Kota’s freshwater Engine Mount motors to catch fish. He was given a Minn Kota EM 101 to field test and promptly won $88,000 for taking first place in the 2005 FLW Walleye Tour stop at Lake Erie.
“The EM 101 allowed me to more precisely control boat position and speed than I could have done with a traditional kicker motor. It was a key factor,” Arnoldussen said. “You also don’t want to spook those big fish when you’re trying to land them. The Engine Mount motor runs very quiet yet gave me plenty of power.”
The remote switch for the Engine Mount motors provides a full variable speed range in forward or reverse, and can be mounted on the helm or used handheld. The electronics are completely sealed in an aluminum enclosure to keep them running cool and protected from water intrusion.
Depending on thrust size, the Minn Kota freshwater Engine Mount (EM) models run on a 12-, 24- or 36-volt systems. All models come with the patented Weedless Wedge 2 prop, Maximizer technology (provides up to 5 times more battery run time), and two-year warranty.
For more information contact Minn Kota Motors, P.O. Box 4008, Mankota, MN 56002, 800-227-6433.
Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of bow- and transom-mount trolling motors, and carries a complete line of battery chargers and marine accessories. Trolling motors in the Minn Kota line includes Maxxum Pro, Maxxum, PowerDrive, Edge, Vantage, Vector, Endura, Riptide Pro, Riptide, Engine Mount and E-Drive models. Minn Kota motors are manufactured and marketed by Johnson Outdoors Inc.
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