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Old 07-12-2018, 12:26 PM
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This winter/spring, Paradise Marine in Gulf Shores installed a 36-volt, 84” Rhodan on my 2003 ProKat 2860WA. My son and I have used it in a variety of conditions, and are generally pleased. If current is less than 2 or so knots, wind less than 15 knots, and seas less than 2 feet, it is a true game-changer. The boat will stay over a very small area, and fishing is easy. In seas of a foot or so, and modest current, we mark where on the structure the fish are holding, deploy the Rhodan, hit “A”, and wander around like the boat like we are tied to the dock. It will hold upstream of a rig as well, which is pretty handy although a bit unnerving the first couple of times. However, current is the real wild card, and it is hard to find decent data beforehand. Stronger current will move us off the spot, but the trolling motor is pointed where we need to be, so recovery is simpler than on just a drift, or even a controlled power drift. All in all, I really think it was a good decision. The Paradise installation was really clean, although it still looks strange to see a trolling motor on the bow of a big fat 30’ catamaran.

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Old 07-12-2018, 01:31 PM
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i want to put one on our 32 yellowfin badly
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:37 PM
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I have been pleased with ours so far. It certainly is a game changer.
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I have been pleased with ours so far. It certainly is a game changer.
What kind of boat is that looks awesome?
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What kind of boat is that looks awesome?
it is a 29' Ocean Runner
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:34 AM
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I have promoted this idea to EVERYONE that has talked to me about it since I did it on my boat a couple years ago. There are truly no words that can describe how much better it makes the fishing. For any type of fishing besides trolling, it literally doubles the amount of time you have baits in the water.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:32 PM
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I have used iPilots on bay boats since the first one came out, and when seas allowed me to wander well offshore, it really worked. The Kat is so bleeping high that the 84” shaft was a necessity, and even the 36v model cannot “hold” when the winds or currents are too tough. Some custom-made units were available, but the Rhodan seemed to be a decent fit. I talked to the folks at Paradise, we took some measurments, and they made me happy. My son took friends out yesterday - just to fish, not to keep - and it was amazing. The boat was glued to whatever spot they fished, and he could wander around the boat and help folks with bait and rigs, since this was a first offshore trip for a couple of them. The 8 year old was still talking about it when he went to sleep last night. The price is a bit steep, but in the grand scheme of things, I would do it again in a heart beat!
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Yeah, I wish they make one powerful enough for a larger offshore boat...
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Old 07-13-2018, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by weatherman View Post
This winter/spring, Paradise Marine in Gulf Shores installed a 36-volt, 84” Rhodan on my 2003 ProKat 2860WA. My son and I have used it in a variety of conditions, and are generally pleased. If current is less than 2 or so knots, wind less than 15 knots, and seas less than 2 feet, it is a true game-changer. The boat will stay over a very small area, and fishing is easy. In seas of a foot or so, and modest current, we mark where on the structure the fish are holding, deploy the Rhodan, hit “A”, and wander around like the boat like we are tied to the dock. It will hold upstream of a rig as well, which is pretty handy although a bit unnerving the first couple of times. However, current is the real wild card, and it is hard to find decent data beforehand. Stronger current will move us off the spot, but the trolling motor is pointed where we need to be, so recovery is simpler than on just a drift, or even a controlled power drift. All in all, I really think it was a good decision. The Paradise installation was really clean, although it still looks strange to see a trolling motor on the bow of a big fat 30’ catamaran.
In strong current I put my big motor in gear with the steering wheel straight. I have a motorguide Xi5 that is linked to my Lowrance HDS12. the link makes things even easier. When I go over a spot on my sonar, I tough the screen where I see the structure. That puts a point on my chart and I can tell the trolling motor to anchor on that point all from my Lowrance.

up next to a rig I always leave my big motor running so if the Xi5 goes ape shit I can just put it in gear and drive out of there.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:12 AM
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Do you have a picture you can share of the trolling motor installation on your 2860 cuddy? I have the same hull without the cuddy and would like to know what it looks like. How was the bow rail handled?
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it won't hold up. Rhodan has the best costumer service you can find, but the 84" motor is junk. They have done their part on replacement parts, and actually replacing the whole unit. Yes, it holds in rough currents, and I hate nobody makes a more reliable motor this size.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:22 PM
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I've never not been able hold position regardless of the current. Typical 1/3-2/3 moon current the trolling motor holds position by itself. New moon - 1/4 moon current I leave the outboard in gear and the TM holds directly over the wreck. Full moon maximum current I put the motor in gear with a high idle and TM holds perfectly.

I've even had a scenario where the outboard in gear was pushing the boat slightly faster than the current. The TM actually turned around, faced the outboard, and pushed against the outboard. Held me right on the spot.

I don't see why any size boat couldn't use one effectively.
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by skight230 View Post
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it won't hold up. Rhodan has the best costumer service you can find, but the 84" motor is junk. They have done their part on replacement parts, and actually replacing the whole unit. Yes, it holds in rough currents, and I hate nobody makes a more reliable motor this size.
I'm curious to hear your experience. Am thinking about the 84" but have concern about durability. What happened?
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Steering box is a POS... It's been returned 4 times, and I've actually replaced it myself once. Non, has cost me a dime luckly. It's just not the quality of the Minn Kota. The remote is no where close to as good. When it works, I love what it's capable of, but we haven't gone 3 months of fishing without a breakdown. We fish a 244 Keywest not a monster boat. It's just the bow is to high for the Minn kota.
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Somehow that trolling motor looks right at home on the 29 OR, I'm ready to pull the trigger for my boat but 1. Rhodan is sold out and 2. I've heard more than a few reports of issues which makes me leery of dropping 3K for something that might break all the time.
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Somehow that trolling motor looks right at home on the 29 OR, I'm ready to pull the trigger for my boat but 1. Rhodan is sold out and 2. I've heard more than a few reports of issues which makes me leery of dropping 3K for something that might break all the time.
I love mine, works my 235 Cobia over 5,000 lbs like a champ. I posted a similar thread asking which one to get, Minn Kota or Rhodan, and I went Rhodan. Go find my posts on my profile and take a look, there is some good information on it.
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I should have 2 84" motors in stock in the next week. I have had a 72" motor for over 2 years and have only had one issue in which they covered all shipping, repair, and had it turned around in a week. I don't think I can ask for much more. I have sold quite a few motors also and haven't had one customer complain. I think it is just like anything else, you are going to hear ALL of the negative and a very limited number of positive responses about these motors. If they are on an 8-12 week lead time due to high demand, I think we would hear about more than a handful of issues with these things if they are truly junk. Just my .02....
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I have nothing but positive to say about performance and costumer service. But, quality isn't a strong point. If you can handle a 72" I'd stick with a Minn Kota. Owned 1 and it was a beast!
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Somehow that trolling motor looks right at home on the 29 OR, I'm ready to pull the trigger for my boat but 1. Rhodan is sold out and 2. I've heard more than a few reports of issues which makes me leery of dropping 3K for something that might break all the time.
Sweet you go first and then let me know how you mount everything.... I want one bad. I am actually thinking about creating a battery box in the forward end of my main fishbox and chase all the wires up through the anchor locker. I'm not sure if the bottom could support the weight though..
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I have been very happy with my 84" but have only used it a dozen or times. The weather has been so bad the last few trips it had a pretty good workout and did a great job staying in place. I had placed the lithium battery/ charger in my anchor locker and wired it down through to the back and around to center console. So far the only drawbacks have been the difficulty of deploying/ retrieving TM and the remote sometimes takes repeated pushing buttons to work. It's not bad just could be better. Overall I love it and now I can fish more instead of operating boat.

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