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Going from 12V to 24V on a 1720 Key West questions

Trolling motor died and finally had the opportunity to upgrade to a 24 volt, 80lb Minn Kota I-pilot. Just installed the motor with no problems and am about to get going on the rest. My current plan is to move both trolling motor batteries to underneath the center console. I mentioned it to someone and they thought that it might create an issue, as I would be not only removing weight from the rear starboard side and then changing it to the middle. Just seeing if anyone had done this before and if you ran into any issues. The boat is a 2000 with a 90 Yamaha 2 stroke and does not have trim tabs. Also, if you did happen to do this already, did you use the current wiring (I have the adapter and plug for 6 gauge wire)? Thanks...


  • 17footCC17footCC Posts: 21 Greenhorn
    I bought my Key West 1720 (2006) used and it already had the 24v trolling motor installed with the batteries in the center console so I cannot speak for the wiring or install but as for the weight distribution it has not been a problem. However, I have a 115 etec, powerpole, and poling platform in the back (which actually makes me slightly back heavy) so I can't say for sure since our set ups are a little different.
  • FlashFlash Posts: 12,531 AG
    My two 12 volts are center console. Only battery in the rear compartment. Other one has some gear and an extra anchor. My setup for the trolling motor uses the Battery Tender in Bow and normal wire hookups if I remember.

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  • tunamantunaman Posts: 3,767 Captain
    That 1720 will run just fine with the 90 and 2 batteries under center console. A friend had the same set up with 90 johnson, not sure where the batteries were. I have a 17 Palm Beach with 90 yammi 2 stoke. One battery port rear, 2 under center console for 8o lb, 24 volt minn kota, runs great. 6 gauge wire should be fine.
  • Pat OPat O Posts: 79 Deckhand
    This will help with your wiring question
  • TactileNeckTactileNeck Posts: 67 Deckhand
    For what it's worth I'm in the process of moving my batteries now from the rear of my 88' 1710 key west to the center console and adding a battery switch with new 4Ga battery cables. My battery compartment was in the deck though just in front of the transom. I am running a 130 Johnson on the back so I've always felt like I was a little back heavy. Since my bilge was also in that hatch I always thought it was a bad design. After a failed bilge switch and two batteries later, I decided it was time for the move...the weight of the batteries should really have minimal effect IMO.
  • RJN500RJN500 Posts: 15 Greenhorn
    move em forward! better weight distribution, and frees us the space in the aft of the boat for better use.
    If at first you dont succeed.....
    Triton again!
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