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Tsuriki BW posted 04-30-2001 12:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for Tsuriki BW   Send Email to Tsuriki BW  
One thing that bugs me on any forum is some guy that says "I just bought xxx. Anybody know anything about this? Is it any good"?

Jeeez before you buy something, check it out!!

But, with tail between legs, I have a few questions.. I just bought a Happy Trolling plate. My Dad used a similar product on his boat and that is why I bought it for my Dauntless 14. I have an electric trolling motor for fresh water, but it can't be used in the salt. But the 75 "trols" too fast so I bought the trolling plate.

Unfortunately, no manual was in the box. Maybe a packing mistake, but I still think I can figure out how to use it. Problem is, it looks like I have to drill holes in the motor to mount the plate.

1. Has anyone else done this before?

2. Are there things I should be careful of?

3. I need the plate for trolling, so I want to mount it. I just want to do it right.

Humbly yours,


triblet posted 04-30-2001 01:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
They bug me too. Look before you leap.

There's pictures of one installed at .


Dick posted 04-30-2001 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

I'll pull the instructions out of a box today and photo copy them for you.


Tsuriki BW posted 04-30-2001 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Yhanks so much. Shall I send you home addy or can you scan and e-mail them?


Dick posted 04-30-2001 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I e-mailed you the Happy Troller instruction sheet.
Hoop posted 04-30-2001 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
How much does the trolling plate reduce the trolling speed? What is normal for the engine (3 mph?) and how much slower does the boat go with the plate?


Tsuriki BW posted 04-30-2001 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Hoop, don't know for sure but my Dad's worked very well.

When I went sockeye fishing last year I drained my battery with the trolling motor and downriggers (also suspect not a fully charged battery to start.)

Tried to troll with the 75hp motor and it was just too fast.

Can't use the electric in the salt and a seperate "kicker" motor is just not in the budget yet.

Will do some tests when I get the plate installed and let you know.


Dick posted 04-30-2001 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I used one years ago on a pontoon boat and was impressed.
Have no idea of the speed decrease when down but was able to troll for trout, and catch some.

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