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Old 11-30-2019, 10:39 AM
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Outfitting a new boat and plan to use 20' carbon fiber poles. Looking at the Taco bases. I'm thinking that I could live with the 280 base since I'll probably set the vertical angle and forget about it. My understanding is that the 280, 380, and above all use a gear to crank out the poles. Has anyone had a problem with the base slipping while trolling large bars? Gemlux is having a 20% off sale until 12/2 on their blue water base and their poles.
I found 20' Taco tele CF poles matched with a 280 Taco base for $3240; the same poles with a discounted Gemlux base would be $4589.
Taco charges a premium for vertical adjust via the handle; its an $800 upgrade to the Taco 380 base; all in with the 20' poles is $4040
Seems to me that the Taco 280 with Taco 20' poles would be a good combination.
any thoughts?
Old 11-30-2019, 02:55 PM
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The Gemlux based are a superior product. However, I have Taco bases and if you keep them properly lubed and maintained they do just fine. I have pulled Marauders and Wahoo bombs from the outriggers and never had an issue.
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Thanks, which model Taco are you using
Old 11-30-2019, 05:28 PM
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The Gemlux bases are far superior. I have had several sets of Taco bases and they inevitably start to get loose and flop. A small looseness at the base leads to a bunch of flopping at the tips of a 20-22’ pole.
Old 11-30-2019, 06:20 PM
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Thanks for the info
Old 12-01-2019, 03:09 AM
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Seems a lot of $ for the bases and riggers.

Likely all going to be rolled up in your boat loan, but I would have the factory install the bases and buy the CF riggers used.
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:10 AM
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At 20% off the Gemlux Blue Water bases are priced similar to the high end Taco models (GS 500).
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I had Taco's on my last boat and they were fine. I have tacos this boat (5 years newer) and they are not holding up at all (same 20' carbon poles on both, in fact I've been babying these to make sure they last). I don't think they are not as good as they used to be.

If you use them often or want to tow dredges, I'd do something different.
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First, we would like to thank you for considering our product line for your boat. It is always an honor to possibly have an opportunity to be part of such an important decision.

There are many nice products on the market from which to choose, and it's a sizeable investment. TACO provides several different options, based on the size of your boat and your preference on how to deploy them.

If you don't mind us asking, on what model boat will you be installing the outriggers? We would like to make sure we can provide any information we can to help you make the best decision for your investment.

While the GS-280 or GS-2801 will work well with the 20' Carbon Fiber Tele-Outriggers, TACO also offers the Pro-Series GS-400. This base is the "big brother" to the GS-280/2801. It has a larger base, with a 3/4" base plate. It also comes standard with 1/2" backing plates in the kit. The base and backing plates have the same hole patterns as all of our outrigger mounts, but the plates are 6" x 8" oval.

Thank you again, and we look forward to hearing from you. If you would like, feel free to reach out with any other questions you may have. We'll be happy to help you in any way.

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Decided to go with the Gemlux bases and 22’ poles
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Great choice, you will love them! We appreciate your business!

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