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Old 03-26-2017, 09:24 AM
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I am looking for any updates on Rhodan or other trolling motors that can keep you over a bottom spot offshore. Research shows a lot of talk a few years back but nothing recent. Have the Rhodans held up? Have the regular trolling motor companies come out with stuff just as good? I am getting tired of throwing the hook to drift off target and am very interested in push bottom accuracy.
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I used the Minn Kota I-Pilot on my boat for a few years. Not a 24"er but 20' with a large wind grabbing top.

My impression was that it was generally good but there were some tricks to it. Mine was bow mounted. and was a 70 lb thrust. It could pull the boat at 6 knots on flat water.

Always start with the boat facing the wind. If the boat spins the motor will try and maintain it's heading and get confused. It will literally wrap the power cables around the shaft if the boat spins. Same goes for chop.

Give the motto a few minutes to get itself situated. The gps is good but needs a few minutes to get really dialed in. I would generally use the trolling motor to sneak up on my spot from down wind then just use the anchor function. At that point I would just forget it was even there.

The higher output motors are Pretty good at pulling the boat I fished in deep, moving rivers at times and seldom ever got pushed off my spot.

Hope that helps.
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If you check out the Florida fishing sites they talk about the Rhodans. The weight of your boat has as much to do with what thrust as the length. Guys were using the 24V 80 lb thrusts on boats your size. I guess the 80 lb was checked and is actually 100# with full charge. Rhodan now makes a 120 lb thrust version. And also offering shafts up to 84". Again, lots of people using the 80# and happy. One of these is what I'll be getting when the time comes for my 23' TW.

If you read around some people have issues with how the spot lock works on the MK.

http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...or-Guide/page3
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I'm using the MK Ulterra 112lb 72" for about a year and has worked well for me on a 21' with a bracket that pushes the length to 23,' and large T-Top. Spot lock holds well up to 10kt wind and swell, after which I usually call it a day. I spoke with MK at the Fred Hall show and discussed that the new MKs have a bluetooth heading sensor that eliminates the swinging some have seen. Since I am usually in conditions with a fair current and wind, I don't see any problem with the spot lock swinging around since it is usually alway pulling against something.
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Is there a similar system with 2 side mounted fixed motors instead of 1 rotating ?
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Thanks for the feedback
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Originally Posted by spearfish III View Post
I'm using the MK Ulterra 112lb 72" for about a year and has worked well for me on a 21' with a bracket that pushes the length to 23,' and large T-Top. Spot lock holds well up to 10kt wind and swell, after which I usually call it a day. I spoke with MK at the Fred Hall show and discussed that the new MKs have a bluetooth heading sensor that eliminates the swinging some have seen. Since I am usually in conditions with a fair current and wind, I don't see any problem with the spot lock swinging around since it is usually alway pulling against something.
What bracket did you use for that particular motor? I just bought the same one but minn Kota doesn't make a quick connect bracket for that size motor yet.
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Originally Posted by Dansly56 View Post
What bracket did you use for that particular motor? I just bought the same one but minn Kota doesn't make a quick connect bracket for that size motor yet.
http://www.deepbluemarine.com/produc...m?CategoryID=5

I would do this one if I were doing it over again
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Minn Kota 36v 112 on a 24 bay boat. LOVE it ! Its hands down the best accessory imo. From tarpon fishing bridges to reef/wreck fishing. No more hauling anchors all day lol

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