Trolling motors are essential pieces of equipment for any serious fishing enthusiast. Whether you buy one new or used, it’s important that you take care of it so it will last. The more technologically advanced they are, the more expensive they will be. The Minn Kota Terrova 80 is a popular model that is easy to use and easy to care for. When you are finished using it for the year, you will need to follow the following steps to store it properly.

Mount a Wall Bracket

You can lean your trolling motor against the wall, but there will be a risk of it getting knocked over the prop being bent. Instead, mount a wall bracket that will allow you to hang it safely off the ground. Make sure any cords are wrapped and secured so they don’t hang down.

Disconnect the Battery

Disconnect the battery and store it with your trolling motor. Set the battery on a shelf with easy access to a charger. This will give you a chance to charge the battery before you use it again. Make sure the terminals are clean, and the battery is in good condition.

Clean the Prop

Remove any weeds, fishing lines, or other types of debris that have accumulated around the prop. Clean the prop blades and check each one for cracks and chips. Take the prop off and set it aside.

Inspect the Prop Pin

With constant use, the prop pin can begin to bend or even crack. Always inspect the prop pin to ensure it is straight and in good working order. A bent or damaged prop pin could eventually lead to costly repairs. Once you have examined the prop pin and housing, replace the prop.

Rinse Off Your Trolling Motor

Rinse off your trolling motor to get rid of any algae, salt water, or any other substance that may have splashed onto it. Wipe it down with a wet cloth to ensure you get all the cracks and crevices clean. Giving your trolling motor a good cleaning at the end of the year will allow you to inspect it thoroughly before you store it.

Lubricate the Moving Parts

Lubricate the moving parts to ensure they don’t seize up during the winter months. There are many quality lubricants on the market, but you should only use the ones designed for marine equipment. You don’t have to use a lot, just enough to keep the parts moving smoothly.

Proper storage is a must if you plan on keeping your trolling motor in good working condition for many years. If you have questions, talk to your local trolling motor dealer. They will have more tips and tricks for you to follow. With proper care, you can reduce your risk of repairs and extend its lifespan for several years to come.

By Sambit