What about battery life?
This obviously depends on the quality and state of charge of your battery pack. Experience to date indicates that this highly efficient system will last for about the same duration as any modern digital trolling motor of 80 pound thrust capability (or longer).
Will the Trolling Motor scare away the fish?
The system is very quiet during operation. It is an excellent tool for many fishermen and has been used to catch many fish!
Will the Rhodan HD GPS Anchor+® Trolling Motor maintain the boat’s position in a fast current?
The 80 pound Rhodan HD GPS Anchor+® Trolling Motor will typically counteract a two knot current unaided. If the river current overpowers the trolling motor, you can use the main engine at a low power setting to aid the system.
Why can’t the Rhodan HD GPS Anchor+® Trolling Motor record more than 4 fishing spots?
You can! The Rhodan HD GPS Anchor+® Trolling Motor has a total of 12 memories, four for each mode. Therefore you can use the Manual mode to store fishing spots, or even the Track Mode if you don’t need four tracks.
What are the battery requirements?
This obviously depends on the size of your boat, the amount of available space, and the intended use. If you often fish in tournaments, then you will want as much battery capacity as you can fit. If your fishing habits include fishing for only a few hours a day in calm waters, then a smaller battery may suit your needs. Typical installations include (2) 12V batteries in series (to get 24V). We recommend Group 24, 27, or 31 size batteries.
What boat lengths are recommended?
The Rhodan HD GPS Anchor+® Trolling Motor is recommended for boat lengths between 16 and 24 feet.
How accurate is the Rhodan HD GPS Anchor+® Trolling Motor?
The Rhodan HD GPS Anchor+® Trolling Motor utilized a high definition GPS receiver that is capable of an accuracy less than 1 meter. The performance of the system in Anchor Mode® is dependent upon fishing conditions (wind, current, etc.) but generally holds the spot remarkably well! If you are not satisfied with the anchor position at any time, a simple click of any of the directional arrows moves (jogs) the anchor spot by 5 feet relative to the boat. It’s really that simple!
Will the HD GPS Anchor+® Trolling Motor work in other countries?
The GPS Anchor Trolling Motor’s computer compensates for magnetic variation (declination) worldwide. It uses the International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) Model to determine the compass corrections. The system uses Space Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) such as WAAS or EGNOS to provide a remarkable submeter accuracy. Where this service is unavailable, the accuracy may be lessened to about two meters (or less) which will still provide satisfactory performance.
What boat sizes do you recommend for your motors?
The 12V motor is offered for kayaks, canoes, and skiffs up to 16’. Anything from 16’-25’ a 24V motor is recommended.
What is the largest boat the motor is recommended for?
The 24V motor with a 60” shaft is recommended for boats up to 25’. Generally the limit is the bow height from the water of 42” or less.
How long do the batteries last?
This can vary between boats. A system in anchor mode only on a calm day can last multiple days. Average fishing conditions will allow 2 days of fishing without charging.
What is the LineX® upgrade?
LineX is similar to the LineX truck bed liner and is sprayed on the lower unit and shaft. This upgrade also includes powder coated steering box housing. This is a $200 upgrade.
What size shaft do I need?
Using the formula below will be adequate for most boats in calm conditions. If rough conditions occur we recommend moving up a size in shaft length. Shaft lengths are 48”, 54”, 60”, 72″, 84″.
(Bow Height) + 18” +(Wave Height) = (Shaft Length)
My motor does not beep for power up?
If the motor does not beep at startup it is not seeing power to the system. Check connection at batteries, circuit breaker, and plug if equipped.
My FOBs do not work?
Check the battery in the FOB and replace if necessary. If the battery is charged ensure the FOB you are using has been learned to the motor, if not check manual for FOB programming.
How do I become a Pro Staff?
Please submit the Pro Staff application to Rhodan Marine. Most applications are answered within 14 days.
What is the warranty?
Rhodan GPS Anchor+® Trolling Motors include a 2 year warranty.
How do I become a dealer?
Please see the dealer page for requirements and applications for dealers.
How much thrust do I need?
As a general rule we recommend the following:
12V 55lb – Boats size under 17′
24V 80lb – Boats 17′-22′
36V 120lb – Boats over 22′
These are general recommendations and can change depending on the conditions the system may be operated in.