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Trolling motor trouble
« on: March 19, 2017, 10:14:17 AM »

I need some help from the wise. My trolling motor doesn't work, the boat set up for 2 years while I was gone and now there is no power. I replaced the batteries but nothing so I looked at the plug and wire connections the plug was melted and wires were as well. Fixed the wires and plug but nothing. I then read there is a circuit breaker but I can't seem to locate it. The boat is a 1998 skeeter zx176 with a 12/24 system. Thank you for any advice.
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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 11:22:12 AM »

I don't have a Skeeter but my circuit breaker for my trolling motor is right in the wire next to the battery. Even knowing the tiny box was the breaker it took some analyzing to locate the reset button. I looked it over and over before seeing the reset.
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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 02:02:53 PM »

Had a similar problem a few years ago and just wound up replacing the plug that had melted.  Now since you boat has been sitting for a couple of years is it possible that a critter might have taking a liking to some of your wiring.  I guess you need to put a meter on that harness and find out where you first can locate 24V.  Good luck with your trouble shooting  the circuit breaker on my old Ranger is also in the battery compartment and is a squeeze style with buttons on the top and bottom of the breaker case.
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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2017, 03:49:34 PM »

I have a Stratos and my circuit breaker is right next to the trolling motor batteries under the back deck.
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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2017, 04:01:31 PM »

Another problem that I know on one of my fellow Club Member's Skeeter is the 12/24 switch burning up.  I am going to look at his boat and wire it direct 24 volts.  He has replaced the switch in the bow controls three times now during his ownership from new.
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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2017, 06:19:00 PM »

Thank you for the advice I am going to give it a good once over tomorrow after work and hope I can get this figured out
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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2017, 10:44:16 PM »

one other advice about circuit breakers, is they do go bad.  you need to take a volt meter, and test at your plug in to see if you have 24v.  you did not mention or i missed if your troller is straight 24 or a 12/24?

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also, you need to be sure that you wired the new plug correctly, and the correct wiring internally in the new plug can be changed to comply with how and where your wires are jumped to make 24v.  so, your problem can still be in the new plug.

you need to figure out if you are supposed to make 24v in the plug, or if your batteries are jumped at the batteries to make the 24v.


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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 04:41:33 AM »

Lose the 12/24 switch if you're running a 24v TM, they're nothing but trouble spots.
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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2017, 05:11:07 PM »

Well it's the trolling motor headed out to get a new one now, and getting all new breakers because why not the other ones are old but still worked
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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2017, 05:18:15 PM »

Well it's the trolling motor headed out to get a new one now, and getting all new breakers because why not the other ones are old but still worked
What size you going to get?
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Re: Trolling motor trouble
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2017, 07:15:41 PM »

Picked up a 65lb I can't bite the bullet to go 36v but that may happen soon
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