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Old 01-28-2019, 11:01 AM   #11
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The other issue is the wear/tear on the engines and lower units. I wonder how much extra shifting it does.


Not to mention the steering cycles.


I have only had my Rhodan in calm water twice, and it was amazing nosing up to a rig and dropping for grouper. The other two times I was out, the buoy read 3.3' and 3.9', and it would hold for a few minutes until I caught a couple of large swells and cavitated the prop a few times. Once that happens, it loses position.

I saw a guy who had one on his Fountain (32? 34? 38?). You may try to get a hold of him. Boat name was Critical Path, and I think he launches out of Freeport. I'm sure someone here knows him.


$3k vs $20k+, seems like it may be worth a comparison
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The other issue is the wear/tear on the engines and lower units. I wonder how much extra shifting it does.


Not to mention the steering cycles.
No more than manually holding the boat on a spot (which I often do). The prop wash wouldn't be anymore of an issue either. I wouldn't be very happy with something that only worked on the calmest days. Also don't think I could stomach drilling holes in the cap of my new Fountain to install the Rhodan.
I have spent a lot of years living and working in S holes around the world and now at a point in my life where I want to make life easy.
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No more than manually holding the boat on a spot (which I often do). The prop wash wouldn't be anymore of an issue either. I wouldn't be very happy with something that only worked on the calmest days. Also don't think I could stomach drilling holes in the cap of my new Fountain to install the Rhodan.
I have spent a lot of years living and working in S holes around the world and now at a point in my life where I want to make life easy.
I hear ya!

Try it out and see how it does. If it holds, it will definitely be a game changer.

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We completed the Optimus training in Florida recently. The motors actually shift less using Optimus versus manual shifting. I have not tested it offshore yet but it holds a spot very well in the current of the intracoastal. Works even better with Suzuki 350’s, the dual props make a huge difference in bite.

It is a bit spendy but keep in mind that the system includes helm, cylinders, hoses, pumps, and becomes your auto pilot system , all connected to your NEMA network. If your starting from scratch the upgrade price is not bad.

Rumor has it that Mercury is dropping their system and switching to private labeled Optimus.


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