Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyTroller Very durable looking product.
I researched this product prior to purchasing, I took others advice and made a new notch, did some speed trials first using vise grips to hold the plate in position until I got at 2 km per hour. I put the new notches in that position and the boat handles really well. I put the happy troller on my Honda BF20 to reduce the trolling speed by half. I am extremely happy with it.
June 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by robert000 great purchase
am most pleased with the Happy Troller...it works as discribed and slows my boat down to about 1.2 miles per hour...I have a 14 1/2 foot lund with a 40 hp four stroke Honda...also came up with a solution for getting the heavy cord out of the way. Used a series of circular screws to run the cord along the right side of the boat toward the shift and then attached a 10 inch buggie cord to another screw to keep tension on the cord when the plate is up or down...works..great...just a suggestion.
March 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by cub1946 Works just like advertised
Works great, slows down my old Lund 16' Tiller model fishing boat down where I need it to troll slow for Walleys. Using on a 2007 Merc 4-Stroke tiller model mounted under the Anti-Cavitation plate, and was an easy installation.
May 8, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by stuff4mason Not happy. Now have holes.
I read review after review all over the net, very carefully before purchasing and installing the large happy troller. I wanted to make sure this was right for my boat BEFORE drilling holes in my outdrive. Upon inspection, the unit is well built and snapped closed the way it was designed. I went ahead and drilled holes and mounted.
Without realizing first, I found that the plate was about 1/4" not wide enough to install below the cavitation plate, so I installed above. Instructions says this is ok to do. However, if you have the slightest curvature to your cavitation plate, like mine (Volovo Penta SX drive), the happy troller mount will bend once you tighten the screws. Once this happens, the plate will not go up and down with the spring. It must be forced up and down by hand. For us this was terrible. You just can't reach the happy troller without almost falling out of the boat. You have to do this to put it down and bring it up. Became a total pain. Did it work for us? Yes. Boat did 4.2 mph without it. Slowed it down to about 2.2mph. It also helps the boat get on plane much quicker. If the frame of the happy troller was thicker and it would not have bent I'd give 4 stars.
May 7, 2012