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Old 11-03-2017, 07:18 AM
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Default Going Rhodan!

Lots of talk and speculation about these TM's being able to hold a 30+ ft boat
on position offshore. Well I'm going in for the challenge. 36v, 84inch, 120lb thrust Rhodan.

I was on the waiting list for the 84incher and someone cancelled their order. Moved me up the list! Got mine in 3 weeks. (was originally told 8)

This will be going on a 31 contender w/full tower.
Stay tuned...

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Old 11-03-2017, 07:19 AM
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Old 11-03-2017, 07:29 AM
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Man I really miss that from my bay boat. Was great for bottom fishing especially with the family.

If this works out I'm in. I'm going to look at my bow when I get home today and see if I can fit it.
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The anchor feature is awesome on the Rhodan. I went Rhodan last Tarpon season and it made my life 10x easier.

I did have some mechanical issues early on but to Rhodan's credit, everything was taken care of in a timely manner. They even offered to pick it up up in St. Pete by their crew, fix it in Sarasota, and drop it back off for me. Pretty good customer service right there.
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Congratulations! looking forward to hearing how it works for you.
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Anxious to see the results! Sub'd
Old 11-03-2017, 09:46 AM
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Yup interested in this one!
Old 11-03-2017, 10:26 AM
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I saw where someone on here has one on a Freeman, but I imagine a cat has less resistance than a deep vee. I would definitely be interested in one on my boat which is about 7k loaded with twins, so if you can pull it off on a 31 contender I should be good.
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Subscribed.
Would love to hear your thoughts on it’s performance.
I was thinking of using two on the transom of my 27 and running with them vertical like we did in the old days on the beach, but I didn’t want more gear back there to get in the way.
I usually drag from spot to spot if close enough but it sure would be nice in those deeper trips to lock and fish, the crew would bitch less for sure.
I assume you will come up with a support for the head end, when it gets rough its going to take a beating.
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In for this one. Very interested to see if it works. My dream is to never have to replace a damn windless again.
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The new Rhodans are nothing short of awesome!
Old 11-04-2017, 05:59 AM
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I went with the Rhoda 84" 36 volt on my Avenger 25(marauder marine) and snapped the shaft in 4 footers. I will say they sent me a new one with no questions asked. It does hold extremely well ,just make sure you cancel out previous anchor position before moving,it will try to get back to that point if your within a mile....trial and error.
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Imterested to see how this works.
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I waould love to see some footage of this, And a full review. Subscribed

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Just amazing times we live in. 10 years ago this would be science fiction.
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I'd nickname that thing the HULK! Hope it works well for you!
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Planning on doing the same in the spring, but with a 72" 24V on my 23DV.

Anxious to hear your experience.

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Ive been happy with my 24 v Rhodan in terms of the actual motor reliability, accuracy and very quiet operation. I have been running it about 3 years and it is still very quiet and accurate and the handheld remote is very small making it easy to fit in your hand. The only issues I have with it, are:
1) after a while the motor sticks and wont launch smoothly due to the plastic launching mechanism. You have to keep spraying it with WD40 to avoid having to bang it off its mount with your hand to launch. I think the design of this mount is inferior to others on the market.
2) the plastic covers on the motor head and the deck are cheap and turn yellow from exposure inside of a year. I called them about it since the covers look so bad now. The covers are now a totally different color from the motor shaft. They said it happens and advised after I asked that the covers are not uv resistant. I asked why and they had no answer for it. They would send me new ones for about $100. Forget that because new ones will yellow just as fast. ... Probably easier just to paint it myself.
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Originally Posted by Egret&Lab View Post
Ive been happy with my 24 v Rhodan in terms of the actual motor reliability, accuracy and very quiet operation. I have been running it about 3 years and it is still very quiet and accurate and the handheld remote is very small making it easy to fit in your hand. The only issues I have with it, are:
1) after a while the motor sticks and wont launch smoothly due to the plastic launching mechanism. You have to keep spraying it with WD40 to avoid having to bang it off its mount with your hand to launch. I think the design of this mount is inferior to others on the market.
2) the plastic covers on the motor head and the deck are cheap and turn yellow from exposure inside of a year. I called them about it since the covers look so bad now. The covers are now a totally different color from the motor shaft. They said it happens and advised after I asked that the covers are not uv resistant. I asked why and they had no answer for it. They would send me new ones for about $100. Forget that because new ones will yellow just as fast. ... Probably easier just to paint it myself.
Sub'd to this thread because I am considering adding one to my boat. I really appreciate the honest appraisal and sharing of the shortcomings. This forum is great.
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Subscribed.

Someone needs to figure out how to make one of these dissapear when not in use (I don't like the idea of a trolling motor sitting up on the forward covering boards most of the time). Just a recessed hatch or something. Is it easily removable?

Was watching the Blue Angels yesterday and a number of boats were using a TM instead of an anchor. Looked super convenient.

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