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    Posted: 02 Jan 2019 at 9:06pm
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I’ve been given the approval to buy a Minn Kota for my Surtees 495.
I am going to get the Ultera, as it has auto deploy / stow, because climbing through the hatch to deploy it seems to defeat the purpose.

Has anyone got one on a Surtees?
If so can you post some photos of the mounting system you used?

At the moment I think I’m going to get a 12mm ali plate welded near the anchor well.

Would also like input as to battery capacity. The Ultera is 24 v and 80 lbs of thrust.

Ideas welcome.

Thanks in advance
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Depending how far you are from Whakatane it might be worth asking Surtees what it would cost for them to do the mount, or at least how they do it. They may even be able to supply the mount for you to have welded on locally.
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I think surtees have developed a mount already. Well worth contacting them.
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I used one on my 5.5.
No problems.
Excellent performance.
Just cruising in my now sweetas pimped out Southern 755 HT0!
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I could post a pic of one on a 6.1 Surtees if that helps. Auto launch.
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I'm more interested on the process you went through to get approval? As with anything associated with fish, it is about learning from others to improve so would be very grateful Clown

Seriously though, with the MinKotas, where do people put the batteries or do you run off the house batteries?

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Originally posted by NZTurtle NZTurtle wrote:

I'm more interested on the process you went through to get approval? As with anything associated with fish, it is about learning from others to improve so would be very grateful Clown

Seriously though, with the MinKotas, where do people put the batteries or do you run off the house batteries?

TIA
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Most of the installations I have seen have the batteries right up the front. Those motors can draw a fair bit of juice so you want to keep those cable runs short.

Also a couple of setups I know of are running 24v motors, using 2 12v batteries in series, and don't have any capability for charging them at sea. They just use a 24v trickle charger between trips, and use large enough batteries that they can get a days fishing out of a charge.
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Also a couple of setups I know of are running 24v motors, using 2 12v batteries in series, and don't have any capability for charging them at sea. They just use a 24v trickle charger between trips, and use large enough batteries that they can get a days fishing out of a charge.
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That is the set up I have seen on the 6.1 Surtees.
Except they are down the rear of boat. Yes, up front would make more sense regarding cabling. If you can fit them in. 
As posted above, Surtees prob have already had to figure this out for a 495. My neighbour has a 495 and I suspect fitting a minkota would be more of a challenge than on the 6.1. Best to learn from their experience.
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I have a 12v system on my FC 560 C/C with a 130AH battery that is good for a day in light/moderate conditions. I looses it in 25mph and swell at full throttle but at 4/10 speed it will run for most of the day at anchor lock. As your boat is a much smaller boat with a profile more like a 470 a 12V system will be adequate.
As for the battery there are 130AH AGM deep cycle batteries (for solar but much more forgiving than a wet cell) for $339 on TM that I would go for as after 2.5 years my wet cell is getting tired. The AGM have many more recharge cycles when used heavily before degrading the battery.
Just make sure that you recharge with a 7 stage smart charger EVERY use.
Having said that ... go for it they are absolutely brilliant additions to a fishing weapon.
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Originally posted by Joker Joker wrote:


I have a 12v system on my FC 560 C/C with a 130AH battery that is good for a day in light/moderate conditions. I looses it in 25mph and swell at full throttle but at 4/10 speed it will run for most of the day at anchor lock. As your boat is a much smaller boat with a profile more like a 470 a 12V system will be adequate.
As for the battery there are 130AH AGM deep cycle batteries (for solar but much more forgiving than a wet cell) for $339 on TM that I would go for as after 2.5 years my wet cell is getting tired. The AGM have many more recharge cycles when used heavily before degrading the battery.
Just make sure that you recharge with a 7 stage smart charger EVERY use.
Having said that ... go for it they are absolutely brilliant additions to a fishing weapon.



Cheers for that. I’ve seen you out at Omaha a couple of times.
I think I need to go for the Ulterra, as is self stow and deploy. It’s 24 volt though.
I will buy it at this years boat show, once I’ve had a good chat to the sales guys.
Hopefully get a good deal
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Originally posted by Surfski guy Surfski guy wrote:

Originally posted by Joker Joker wrote:


I have a 12v system on my FC 560 C/C with a 130AH battery that is good for a day in light/moderate conditions. I looses it in 25mph and swell at full throttle but at 4/10 speed it will run for most of the day at anchor lock. As your boat is a much smaller boat with a profile more like a 470 a 12V system will be adequate.
As for the battery there are 130AH AGM deep cycle batteries (for solar but much more forgiving than a wet cell) for $339 on TM that I would go for as after 2.5 years my wet cell is getting tired. The AGM have many more recharge cycles when used heavily before degrading the battery.
Just make sure that you recharge with a 7 stage smart charger EVERY use.
Having said that ... go for it they are absolutely brilliant additions to a fishing weapon.



Cheers for that. I’ve seen you out at Omaha a couple of times.
I think I need to go for the Ulterra, as is self stow and deploy. It’s 24 volt though.
I will buy it at this years boat show, once I’ve had a good chat to the sales guys.
Hopefully get a good deal

You wont need the 24v model which are a lot more expensive as is the auto stow model. Plus the 24v model needs 2 expensive batteries. For your size of boat the 12v will work and its not much effort to lift it up ... at least not worth the extra $2k  
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