Rated 1 out of 5 by BrunswickMainah Poorly made
We buy from LL Bean over nearly all other brands as a rule, because their quality always surpasses their competition. Sadly this item does not. The two pieces of wood began pulling apart almost immediately after taking the weight of the trolling motor (which we bought at the same time from the same salesperson) The only thing holding it together were the two bolts, which flexed dramatically each time we gently engaged the motor. We returned the item and bought a similar (but rock solid) model down the street at a canoe manufacturer.
I was disappointed in Bean's item but trust they will pull it for something with more quality construction. This one is truly horrible.
August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OleDaveMo Perfect for my canoe
Product was as described in the ad. All canoes are different and this mount required minor modification. Completely satisfied with what I received. Well made and will no doubt serve it's intended purpose for years to come.
July 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by JerryPond Canoe Motor Mount
I wouldn't recommend this mount for motors 2hp or larger. The bolts are apparently soft metal and bent badly when I used my mount with a 2.5 hp Yamaha on my Old Town Canoe. I thought I was going to lose my motor on the Allagash.
May 27, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Kicker1986 Canoe Motor Mount
Poor construction. I wouldn't have trusted it not to break from the torque of a 2 hp, 2 stroke outboard. I had to return it.
March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by gamecockdmc well made
I got this item in less than a week and although I haven't used it yet I think it will work great,it's well made.
September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Snowballisafriend Unique Requirement
Purchased the Back Country square stern canoe from Bean. Have a 2.5 hp 4 cycle outboard and wanted to mount a small 24lb thrust trolling motor. I fly fish. The Bean motor mount is not wide enough for what I want. It is clearly designed for a traditional double ended canoe. The mount itself is very sturdy and well made. The design is simple which equates to engineering excellence to me. If you have access to a table saw, repairs should be no problem. Think that a little sanding and spar varnishing will give you a lifetime product. My problem is beam width of my canoe. It's wider than the mount can handle.
September 11, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by InadequateFor2HP Inadequate for 2.5 HP
Tried this on a 17' grumman canoe with 2.5HP Suzuki outboard. The bolts start bending at low throttle, scary bend at full. This may be good for a small electric motor, but is certainly not 4HP.
September 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BobDiana Motor Mount
Great motor mount! We reversed the bolts and washers and wing nuts, making it easier to access and tighten the wing nuts from the top when the motor mount is attached to the canoe.
August 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by MousamPaul Sturdy and serviceable
The motor mount is well-made and has worked well in the two times I've used it so far.
I'm using it with a 40 lb thrust Minn Kota trolling motor on my 13' Merrimack Osprey canoe. It mounts well using the front seat as the helm, which is what I wanted to do for better balance when using the canoe for trolling when alone. There is not enough room behind the rear seat to mount it there when I go out with a second person. I haven't tried it with my 17' Mad River Explorer, but I suspect it would fit behind the rear seat there, but be too narrow to fit when using the front seat for helm.
Find it best to mount with wing nuts on top where I can easily check tightness.
Block on which motor is actually mounted is barely wide enough to accommodate my motor clamps, as it leaves perhaps 1/4" on each side. I'd feel safer if it were a bit wider and had something on the two outer edges to prevent the mounting clamps from slipping off. So far I'm just very careful attaching the motor, plus I tie a safety line around the motor to tie it to my seat. Nonetheless I don't feel comfortable shifting to top speed, which gives a sudden jolt, since speed 5 gives significantly more thrust than the 4 setting.
Overall I'll be thrilled if the mount holds up over time. I love the set-up I have.
July 25, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Hutley Broke on first use
I purchased this for use on an 18' Old Town Canoe using a 2.3hp Honda 4-stroke outboard. It broke on first bit of throttle up even though it is rated for 4hp. I tried to tighten the bolts holding the bracket to the x-member but they spun in place. This may work using a small eletric motor, something under 36 lbs of thrust but was useless with the motor I have.
May 8, 2013