solved the problem
With my outboard idling I was still trolling too fast. As soon as I installed the Happy Troller it lowered my speed enough that I actually needed to increase the throttle to maintain my proper speed against the wind. The only downside was it lowered my top end by 2 mph but the trade was well worth it. Excellent product.
When installing I ended up putting a stainless steel washer between mounting plate rear holes and the outboard flange to maintain a complete level plate. Without washers it was enough off that it put the Hinge action in a bind. The washers solved the problem.
June 27, 2014
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
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
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