Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5 out of 5 by it8theB8 Jon boat special...
Excellent addition to the front of my Jon Boat! I opted for the 36lb (which is really a 40lb when it shows up) and I'm glad I did cause the torque alone made me beef up the bow of my boat! I also mounted the foot pedal to a piece of 2x8 and notched it so it rides on the ribs of my Alumacraft, works great!
April 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BoatDude Pleased with Purchase
The trolling motor was received as promised and works VERY well! I would certainlt recommend this to anyone considering purchasing one.
February 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BillPratt Great for Pond Prowler 10'
Most of the reviews you read regarding the BullDog speak very highly of this motor except for the very short control cable. I wholly agree, however, on the Pond Prowler 10', if you alter the motor to mount and run on the bow, the cable is more than long enough. I'm not sure if it voids the warranty and the risk is all yours, however, it was very simple to modify, needing just you, a helper to hold the lower unit, and a phillips screw driver (a stubby screw driver helps for the underside cover screws).
Remove the top cover of the unit by removing the 4 screws on the underside. Next, remove the 6 or 8 screws holding the rack gear down (the long, straight gear covered with a black plastic cap). After you losen the rack gear, raise the gear up so it no longer makes contact with the pinion gear (the round gear connected to the shaft & lower unit). Now, rotate the lower unit 180 degrees. Have someone hold the lower unit in that exact position while you replace the rack gear. Finally, rotate the direction "arrow" on the top cover to point in the direction of the lower unit and replace the cap.
This entire process takes just 5 minutes and it works perfectly! Good luck and enjoy! It is just as easy to reverse the process if you later decide to move this motor back to the transom, just reverse the steps above. If the screws on the rack gear don't tighten well, add a bit of RTV silicone sealant to them before screwing them down. This will hold them in place, nice and tight. Don't over-tighten the screws as plastic can strip!
The BullDog 54 steers well and is very peppy on the Pond Prowler 10'. Unless there are heavy winds, power level 3 or 4 is more than enough to run between spots and power 1 or 2 is great for slow trolling or throwing search baits.
April 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by WhiskersGetter Not for every application
This trolling motor exceeds my expatiations although I had to modify my boat in order to use it, here's why. The battery cables are short and mounting on the bow of most boats will require a mounting bracket of some sort, and adding extra cables so I designed my own mount and fabricated it using a welder. The short cable was dealt with by using a cheap set of battery cables. I put my motor on the bow of a 14' fiberglass Jon Boat and buddy, this motor is perfect with 5 speed selections.
I believe this trolling motor would best be used on a pontoon boat where the front is open and a pedestal seat can be mounted to accommodate the foot control and a battery box in close proximity.
April 5, 2012