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nydealer posted 05-11-2006 11:13 AM ET (US)   Profile for nydealer   Send Email to nydealer  
I have a customer with a 170 Montauk and 90hp Merc 4Stroke. He is looking to troll slower but is not sure he wants the added expense of a trolling motor. Has anyone installed a trolling plate like a Happy Troller on their Montauk? Any thought on how well it slows it down? He is fishing for Lake Trout. We have installed them on other boats but not on the Montauk?boats but not on the montauk?
high sierra posted 05-14-2006 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
NYdealer, I have a happy troller that I use occasionally on my 170 with a 115 4s merc. (Iknow,I know) The plate only slows it down about I mph to 1.3 mph. More of a pain in the neck to put up and down without ripping it off when accelerating. I use a drift sock most of the time. High sierra
wilson posted 05-15-2006 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for wilson  Send Email to wilson     
This is my first entry on the continous wave I've owned 4 whalers in the last 25 years along with 10 other boats I currently have a 2004 170 Montauk w/90 4 stoke and use the boat for every thing cruising,diving,and fishing. I got the four stroke to troll and have installed a happy troller plate which definitly slows the boat down plenty and I bring the rpm up between 900 and 1000 with the plate down to get the speeds that have been productive . I,ve found the disadvantage with the trolling plate is the boat is very difficult to keep on course with any breeze at all unless going with the wind.I don,t as of yet have a gps so can't give precise speeds,since I increase idle speed with plate down I'm thinking about trimming the trolling plate quarter inch all around with plasma cutter hoping to improve handling and allow minimum idle speed while trolling. Hope I posted this properly and have plenty to share in the future on all topics relating to BW's

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