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Hey guys. Just recently installed a trolling motor on my 2000 Hewes Bonefisher 16 and I'm trying to find the best permanent spot for the TM battery. Where do you guys have your TM battery installed? I'm between the console and the bow. 

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In a 2004 16 Redfisher, mine are under the front seat of the console. I've had a couple of 18s as well and always had the batteries in the console. Seems to balance out the weight.

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Always in trays or at least with tie downs. Never just have batteries loose in the boat.  Screw in to the deck with a good dab of 5200 in the screw holes.

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I have a 1997 20 ftHewes LT with the dual batteries in the console with  trays and a strap. Trays are screwed in the floor.  This area is pretty tight,so they aren't going to go too far if strapped down.  My LT is bow heavy,so I don't want more weight forward .

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I'm having trouble figuring out how to run the wires from the console (battery location) to the bow (trolling motor location). Anyone have any suggestions/tips on how to do this?

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7 hours ago, gnarlydog said:

I'm having trouble figuring out how to run the wires from the console (battery location) to the bow (trolling motor location). Anyone have any suggestions/tips on how to do this?

There should be a chase under the console deck....

dc

 

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I spent a few hours today trying to run fish tape through the hole (chase?) In the console to the bow with no luck. Guess I'll just need a 6-pack and some patience when I try again later this week.

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Hopefully it will be one of those deals when you walk away and come back the fishtape will fly through the chase. What else is running in the chase? You might could pull a cord backward to the console then use the cord to pull everything back forward .. just a thought 

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The only wires that appear to be running to the bow are the nav lights. I tried lightly tugging on the wires and they didn't give at all. I'll give it another shot this weekend. 

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I didn't do mine on a 20ft LT,but the boat guys I use didn't seem to have a problem from the console when I had them install my troller.  There is room under the floor on the deck ahead of the console.  Maybe a 10ft piece of fairly stiff  galvanized wire will work forward and be used to pull through the power cables. I used that stuff on my vineyard trellises.  Hardware stores should carry it.

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My recently acquired 2008 RF16 had two trolling motor batteries crammed into the front storage compartment - which ate up my primary storage space and I wasn't a big fan of it.  I wanted them in the center console but it was going to be tight.  I literally got them in with about 1/16" to spare before I would have needed to start cutting fiberglass.  I also built a mount for my charger to nestle in right next to the batteries.

I found a great Attwood battery mount and that's really the only way installing the batteries like this was possible.  here's a link to the battery mount: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K8DC01G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I put locktight on the starboard side rod/handles that hold the top clamp in place so it will remove the rod when I loosen the handle - that allows me to center up the battery under the hatch so I can remove the battery (which would be impossible otherwise with the rod in place as the mount intended.

The batteries work great there - I just fished the new wiring up to the bow with a four foot fiberglass batten.  I couldn't find any kind of a chase to run the wiring in.

I finished it off with a charge port in the side of the center console to plug in an extension cord to power the charger.

Original location of batteries (yuck!):
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Original space under the center console seat (practically unusable).  Apparently a single 12V battery used to live in here but someone upgraded to a 24V trolling motor setup at didn't attempt to fit both batteries here like this madman.

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New battery mounts:
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TM Circuit breaker:
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designing battery charger mount in 3D (solidworks) - I have a CNC router in my garage and this is constructed from 3/4" PVC sheet and some delrin plastic rods I had laying around the shop.

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all done!:

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