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Old 07-02-2020, 11:08 AM
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I'm installing a Minn Kota Riptide Terrova 112 lbs. trust and a 72" shaft on my Tide Water 230 CC

I see a couple of owners are using the Shuttle Slide trolling motor mount. Have there been good reviews on this mount? Why did you go with that mount instead of the quick release bracket from the trolling motor manufacturer? What size did you use? Did you install an additional plate for support or just the Shuttle Slide?

Old 07-02-2020, 12:02 PM
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I am installing a Rhodan on my new Action Craft, 20 Bay.
There is a pop up cleat right in the front center for the anchor rode. The trolling motor is obviously going to be right in the way. I looked at Shuttleslide, $230 for the 9 in. HD and still think the motor will be in the way.
I decided to mount a second Rhodan puck, 18 inches back of the first. Pull the pin, move trolling motor back, reinsert pin, problem solved. $40.
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We have been a THT Sponsor for about 2 months now, just saw THIS post today and wanted to provide more information about our mounts. We have a lot of pictures under the THT Classified section under "Commercial Business". It's always important to get the right mount for your trolling motor and boat's deck. We have 4 standard mounts, but we also create a customized mount, if you need more retraction. We just mailed out a sliding mount that retracts 15" this morning (thanks Dan)!

All of this information is available on our website: www.shuttleslide.com

SS-12-15 - This mount is only compatible with trolling motors up to 80 lbs thrust and 64 inches shaft length. If you can get a bolt through your deck within 3 - 4 inches inboard of the rub rail, the SS-12-15 version will work. Most importantly, this mount needs to have all 6 bolts through the deck.

SS-7-HD - heavy duty, if you can get a bolt through your deck within 4-6 inches inboard of the rub rail, the HD version will work.The HD series is more "heavy duty". You can get away with only 4 bolts through the deck (we always recommend using all 6, but some people can not get a bolt in through the deck closest to the rub rail because of the boat's configuration). In that case, the first two holes closest to the rail will be populated with bolts that are flush to the bottom of our mount. This model will retract your motor 7 inches. Important: If your motor has over 72 inches of shaft, you can still use this mount, but you need to be able to get all 6 bolts through the deck. If not, the UHD will work.

SS-9-HD - heavy duty, will have the ENTIRE motor, plus the skeg inside the rub rail and the first bolt in your deck within 4-6 inches inboard from the rub rail. This model will retract your motor 9 inches. This is the most popular product because it will retract the motor completely inboard. Again, the first two holes closest to the rail will be populated with bolts that are flush to the bottom of our mount only if you can not get all 6 through the deck (but again, we recommend all 6, if possible). And, same as the SS-7-HD, if your motor has over 72 inches of shaft, you can still use this mount, but you need to be able to get all 6 bolts through the deck. If not, the UHD will work.

If you need the distance to be more than 6 inches inboard from the rub rail before the first bolt can get through the deck then a UHD model will work (up to 8-9 inches inboard from the rub rail). The UHD is useful for boats that need extra strength, for people who prefer the strongest mounting system or people who have a small "lip" to get over. If you can only get 4 bolts through the deck and your shaft length is over 72 inches, up to 87", we highly recommend the UHD mount. The SS-9-UHD will retract your motor completely inboard, but you can buy it "per inch" (SS-X-UHD) and select a SS-7-UHD or SS-12-UHD. Most of our offshore boat customers have bought the UHD mounts. If your shaft is 96", the UHD will work, but we do recommend all 6 bolts through your deck.

We provide very detailed information so you can purchase the correct mount. Our customers are the #1 priority. We pride ourselves on the customer service we provide, so please do not hesitate to give us a call or email us: support@shuttleslide.com. We even answer questions after hours! Our Facebook page has some great comments/reviews and tons of customer installs!

Only ShuttleSlide RETRACTABLE mounts provide:
▪️A lifetime warranty ▪️Customized lengths w/ quick release
▪️A light weight, small and sleek style ▪️No pinch hazards
▪️No "metal on metal" friction points


We would love to help you solve that annoying overhang issue. Avoid potential trolling motor damage.
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I bought the SS-9-UHD and it was awesome. Worked perfectly.
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Thank you for the purchase and support! If there is anything we can help you with in the future, please let us know.
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Ck out the R D design mount
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I'm another satisfied Shuttle Slide user. I also bought the heavy duty SSD-HD9..

I did not have enough room with the factory Rhodan puck to get it to drop and get all four bolts thru the deck. With this unit, I now have six 1/4" bolts, a backing plate, fender washers and nylock nuts. It's pretty secure.

I also like the fact very little of my Rhodan is hanging way out over the bow. It retracts nicely.

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Thanks Rick! I'm glad the mount is working out well for you...and you also have the larger 84" Rhodan, correct? We truly stand behind our products - they all have a lifetime warranty for that reason. Thanks again for the feedback Rick.
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I just installed one yesterday. I had the Terrova mounted on a quick release mount that was mounted on a thick aluminum plate. The motor was too far forward for my liking especially when docking. It's now definately out of the "kill" zone. Effortless sliding isn't a problem. I wish there was a more positive position "lock". You can adjust the sliding tension but to keep it from sliding inaverdantly when trailering you reeally need to cinch it down. Fine tuning the metal rails that ride in the poly grove by mounting them closer (inward) works but then it's so snug you have push pretty hard for deployment. Not really a problem if the water is calm. You could have it in easy glide mode if you had a very positive tie down/hold back method for the motor on the deck.
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I have the liftsaver mount on my xi5. It’s not a quick release but it lifts the motor up and back. So far, so good.
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Originally Posted by moymurfs View Post
I just installed one yesterday. I had the Terrova mounted on a quick release mount that was mounted on a thick aluminum plate. The motor was too far forward for my liking especially when docking. It's now definately out of the "kill" zone. Effortless sliding isn't a problem. I wish there was a more positive position "lock". You can adjust the sliding tension but to keep it from sliding inaverdantly when trailering you reeally need to cinch it down. Fine tuning the metal rails that ride in the poly grove by mounting them closer (inward) works but then it's so snug you have push pretty hard for deployment. Not really a problem if the water is calm. You could have it in easy glide mode if you had a very positive tie down/hold back method for the motor on the deck.
Hi Moymurfs, there are two types of "braking" adjustment with the metal sliding brackets. There is the global adjustment that you are referring to when you squeeze the brackets together to "bottom out" in the center bearing (poly grove) and the local adjustment when you tighten the 4 small brake screws (2 on each end) to give you the resistance/grip you want on each end of the sliding mount. You are correct by saying if you squeeze the sliding brackets too closely together, this will give you more friction along the slot in the center bearing, making it more challenging to move. It sometimes helps if an extra pair of hands holds the brackets together while you tighten the bolts to the grip/resistance that you feel comfortable with. You don't want it too easy to slide. I always tell customers that you should use both hands and give a good push or pull to get the motor to move. The local adjustment of the brake screws can also help with the braking on each end of the slide. The more you tighten it, the harder it is to move, so you tighten it to what you feel you need. Once the 4 brake screws are tightened to your liking, you can leave it, it won't change. Every install in different, that's why it was engineered the way it was. Some customers like a good amount of "grip" because they fish in rough seas, others like an easier resistance because of their fishing habits. But the motor should not move while traveling. The brake screws on each end can help with this. It seems like you have figured most of it out and how everything works together, that's great! It was engineered so that there is no metal on metal friction points because those will wear over time and no pins to pull (and possibly lose), everything is one cohesive piece. If you have more questions, please give us a call tomorrow and a technician can give you some more suggestions (maybe ones that I have not thought of).
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Some pics on my KeyWest 268

It was a challenge working the Rhodan in around a windlass and an anchor locker. I felt the Shuttle Slide gave me more mounting options.

We keep our boat at a marina on a dry stack...but it is a down and out and since the Rhodan can be removed easily I am concerned about theft, so I remove it each time and bring it with me...it is easy to pull the pin on the Rhodan puck and remove the unit.




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Nice pictures Rick, good job on the install. Thanks for adding them to the post!
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Sandy, Just found you here. I sent a note on your website. Looking to put a MK Terrrova on my old Henry O 170. 80 pound thrust with 60 inch shaft. My issue will be mounting the base. What is the footprint for the base?
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I just replied to your email. The dimensions for our SS-7-HD are - 13.25" length and 3.5" width and the SS-9-HD are 15.25" length and 3.5" width. The bolt hole pattern is a bit shorter than that, but I'm not sure it will fit in a 10x10 area. We would like to see some pictures of your mounting surface too. Our technician will take a look at it and make some suggestions.
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Originally Posted by ShuttleSlide View Post
I just replied to your email. The dimensions for our SS-7-HD are - 13.25" length and 3.5" width and the SS-9-HD are 15.25" length and 3.5" width. The bolt hole pattern is a bit shorter than that, but I'm not sure it will fit in a 10x10 area. We would like to see some pictures of your mounting surface too. Our technician will take a look at it and make some suggestions.
Thanks for the quick reply, Sandy! Just sent some photos of the mounting area and the raised "block" on the bow.
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Originally Posted by Striperk9 View Post
Thanks for the quick reply, Sandy! Just sent some photos of the mounting area and the raised "block" on the bow.
Our technician will take a look and get back to you later this afternoon.
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This is how the ShuttleSlide was mounted on the Henry O 170 (discussed above). Nice work on the installation of the SS-9-HD (and RTA-17)!




It had to be placed on an angle - fits well in a small mounting area! SS-9-HD
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I hate to be that guy, but you can't obstruct your bow light.
I see this all the time, there's apparently a lot of..... People out there that do this.

You're going to need to switch to side mounted lights, or know that you can't operate your boat after dark , legally.

I don't know if they can give you a ticket for that or not during daylight hours...... Probably not.

Each light must be able to be viewed full 112.5° from each side

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Originally Posted by mbb View Post
I hate to be that guy, but you can't obstruct your bow light.
I see this all the time, there's apparently a lot of..... People out there that do this.

You're going to need to switch to side mounted lights, or know that you can't operate your boat after dark , legally.

I don't know if they can give you a ticket for that or not during daylight hours...... Probably not.

Each light must be able to be viewed full 112.5° from each side
Understood. Well aware of the rules. Next item on the "To Do" list. This is my project boat that I have yet to put on the water. I am putting a different mount for that with the removable post. Raises it about 6 inches and will clear the TM and the ShuttleSlide when in place.
Good catch though and glad you are looking out for your fellow THT'ers.
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