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Old 11-06-2017, 05:21 PM
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Nice install, taking notes. I'm ready to get one.
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:01 PM
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Lenny I’m waiting to see how it works on your boat ,especially the wireing work because I see your doing it right
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by dcgator View Post
Unlike an outboard, the motor is contained in the lower unit. There is no drive shaft in the pole. Up top is brains only.

FWIW - 72" 80# works like a dream on my Calcutta. I have had a few issues (one electrical and one lower unit/motor failure), but the customer service is on point. They send a courier to pick up and deliver the unit to and from my house in St. Pete.
I'm sold.
Now that you point that out, it seems obvious. Thanks. I should have pointed out earlier - I really don’t know a thing about trolling motors
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:40 AM
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Trolling Motor: Rhodan, 84", 36V, 120lb thrust.
Batteries: 3 DEKA 8G31's. 97.6AH each.
Charger System: Yandina Marine. 36v trollbridge combiner.
TM plug: Deltran
Head Bracket: Ram Mounting Systems.

Gotta get back out on the water and test GPS anchor lock.
Video and performance info to follow.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:36 AM
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Very nice. Definitely a more convenient option rather than the anchor. Should be a nice addition!
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:58 AM
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Patty Wagon, how heavy is your Contender loaded? What length overall?
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:04 PM
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If I knew it would work on my Grady 33 Express in GOM I'd be all over it. My fishing is limited as I won't anchor when fishing alone as I have to be in two places too oftern
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:43 PM
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Patty Wagon, how heavy is your Contender loaded? What length overall?

Hey Bluewater,
12K+ lbs give or take 1K. gear, tower, 300 gal fuel and 1/2 dozen fat guys!
31 ftr.
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Old 11-08-2017, 04:27 AM
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I can't wait to see the video and see how well this performs and how robust it will be. Nice..
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Patty Wagon View Post
Patty Wagon, how heavy is your Contender loaded? What length overall?

Hey Bluewater,
12K+ lbs give or take 1K. gear, tower, 300 gal fuel and 1/2 dozen fat guys!
31 ftr.
Wow! That's a monster boat. I sure hope that it works.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
The new Rhodans are nothing short of awesome!
Brian - Guessing you're one of the few that can give first hand experience on performance of Rhodan TM vs. Optimus 360 steering with sea station as far as "sky hook" anchor performance. I understand there optimus gives you the joystick docking, but that's not really something I want/need. Guessing optimus is significantly more expensive but you eliminate bow mounted clutter, batteries, etc that come with TM. In terms of holding on a fishing spot offshore how would you compare these 2 options?

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Old 11-09-2017, 12:16 PM
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For those wondering how much they can do, I just order the 36v 72" today, and Mary from Rhodan told me it would hold 15,000lb worth of boat. I only have a 25' Grady with twin 150's, I should have more than enough power.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:50 PM
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OK ran the TM. NO WAY is 1" thick plastic starboard gonna hold against the thrust!
I turned on the anchor lock and thought I ran over a manatee as the TM bracket bowed
upwards! I was afraid to turn it on remote control again after it damn near left the boat!

Bracket rev 2. 1"x10" Aluminum plate! Gonna try again.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:55 PM
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Starboard tends to act like jello when used structurally.
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Originally Posted by Pcfisher66 View Post
For those wondering how much they can do, I just order the 36v 72" today, and Mary from Rhodan told me it would hold 15,000lb worth of boat. I only have a 25' Grady with twin 150's, I should have more than enough power.
You my want to consider the 84" with that high bow.
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You may want to put some type of backing plate on the other side of that deck. You will start to see some stress cracks.a lot of torque up there that was not meant to handle it.

I heard stress cracks formed on another offshore boat that did the same thing as you are trying to do.

Nice work on the install
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:28 AM
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Any video? How did it go?
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No video. For now.
Manual drive against a 15-20 knot wind is no problem.
Can make headway and move back towards a channel marker with ease.
Anchor lock is spot on. Boat holds position. TM makes very small changes in direction and thrust and keeps a 31 contender in position. AMAZING!!!!
Video coming..
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:22 AM
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will the batteries last long enough to stay over a spot or spots all day? Certainly sounds a hell of a lot easier than trying to get anchored exactly where you want to be, and I guess for deep dropping where anchoring isn't an option.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Patty Wagon View Post
No video. For now.
Manual drive against a 15-20 knot wind is no problem.
Can make headway and move back towards a channel marker with ease.
Anchor lock is spot on. Boat holds position. TM makes very small changes in direction and thrust and keeps a 31 contender in position. AMAZING!!!!
Video coming..

No. That's not what I wanted to hear.
You might have just cost me a few bucks....
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