I bought this motor for our 17' Four Winns Fish 'n' Ski, which is a V-hull bowrider with some rod holders built in. I got really creative when figuring out how to mount it on the bow. I used a 1" thick disc of UHMW plastic to mount the it to, and installed a removable locking pin.
I use this trolling motor in salt water exclusively. I've had no issues with it performing to my expectations. It pulls my boat with ease and is pretty quiet. I haven't bashed it into a sand bar or bank yet like another reviewer, so I can't tell you how strong the shaft is. The hard rubber ball that holds the motor in place does give it some shock resistance, though.
It is easy to remove from the boat, so I store it inside, after giving it a fresh water wash down. A year later, the motor still looks brand new. The scissor bracket which is left on the boat looks new too, except for the plastic cover. It has mold and UV damage, but I'm sure if it really bugged me I could scrub it off down to fresh plastic.
My only gripe is that the turn buckle bolt that tightens the aluminum bracket around the round rubber ball thingy is too short and it sometimes makes it a little difficult to install the motor. If it were 1/4" longer, it would be a lot easier to close and secure the bracket.
Now, considering that this motor is half to one-third the price of a comparable Minn Kota or Motorguide, it is a really good bargain.
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