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    I have an opportunity to get am Ulterra at a great price. The issue is it has a 60" shaft. I need a 45". Would the 60" be to long for a tracker 175 TF? Any opinions would be appreciated. The deaer also said he was checking with a Minn Kota service center about cutting down the shaft. Not sure about that one.

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    I got a trolling motor several years ago and they shortened the shaft. Did not have any problems with it.

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    No problem to cut the shaft but I’d really question if the ulterior would function properly with the shorter shaft. Have never worked on one so I don’t know how the stops work on it and how belt length would work out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger R61 View Post
    I got a trolling motor several years ago and they shortened the shaft. Did not have any problems with it.
    Was it the Ulterra?

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    To answer your original question, yes, 60" is way too long. Even with a 45", you're probably going to have the head about 6-12 inches above the bow. Add another 15 inches to that and low side-arm casts are going to be difficult and you will be annoyed by it. Think about fighting a fish across the bow with a big stick right in the way.

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    Do you single pole fish ? even then you can put it on the opposite side to avoid . Deep water fishing would not be effected in my opinion .
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    Itís too big, but depending on your fishing style may not effect you. I have a 52Ē Powerdrive on a 1436 jon. Because I donít fish from the bow (no deck) it is non issue. Also it seems shorter in person because it hangs off front of bow 6 inches. I mainly vertical jig. I was like you and got a longer shaft because it was the cheapest. Itíll work if you donít cast off the bow much.


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    See my reply on your other post, I have an 18 ft Tracker Tundra. With the 45 inch shaft the prop will come out of the water in some waves and if I'm by myself i cannot fish in the back of the boat as the bow will rise too high
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    Too long. Consider the room it takes up when stowed also.

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    there is no such thing as to long on trolling motors
    like stated rough waters will bring a fits the rig one up into the not water range in big waves
    fighting a fish has never been an issue on the boat i ride in weekly with one he only sets down about half in the water 90% of the time
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