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I just bought a new rig for next season. The boat has no mast system so I am building one using two Walker electric downriggers as the retrieve motors. Question I have is what amp switch will I need to have for these downrigger motors?

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If I remember correctly they use. a 30 amp

Neil at the walker service center could give the best info though.

He can be reached at 269-673-7442

BTW, Welcome aboard.

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30 amp reverse polarity switches are what you need. also 30 amp inline fuses. I drilled two holes in my dash and added these switches: http://www.amazon.com/Position-Reverse-Polarity-Control--Maintained/dp/B001PNHBW6/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1380594922&sr=1-1&keywords=30+Amp+Toggle+Switch+3+Position+Polarity+Reversing+DC+Motor+Control+on+off+on

I called gama and orderd through them and not amazon and I had them in a couple days and it was cheaper than ordering from amazon: http://www.gamainc.com/

here is what I built using the walker motors:

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I now have a couple seasons on them and love the system.

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Aaron, your pics and information have been very helpful! I have already ordered the switches. I never thought about removing the motor covers and mounting just the motors. I had planned on mounting the whole downrigger minus the boom. I like the way yours turned out, I'm going to try something similar. Thanks again, Nick

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No prob! Mine started out as wishing for the big jon motors and not liking the price of 500 + bucks for just the motors. I had the walker motors on the shelf from a downrigger upgrade and ordered the wheels and switches just to try it out. figured if I put fifty bucks in it and it didn't work I wasn't out much. I had the mast from the previous year that I paid like 75 bucks for it and was using manual big jon reels. I have about 125 invested into the whole deal. I now have two seasons on them and they have been out in all kinds of weather and going strong. No problem with the motors being out in the elements. I used two wire plugs like used for trailer wiring so I can remove the mast they were like 2 bucks a set at tractor supply. I use mine quite a bit in may and june walleye fishing and have thought about ordering a spare motor just in case one does go out.

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Well After soon time thinking and planning I came up with an idea for my mast system. This is what I built. Made of all stainless steel. Have not got them wired yet, will post more pics when I'm done. Thanks for the ideas!!

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Well After soon time thinking and planning I came up with an idea for my mast system. This is what I built. Made of all stainless steel. Have not got them wired yet, will post more pics when I'm done. Thanks for the ideas!!

Very nice. :thumb:

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