HOLD YOUR GROUND. Built with legendary performance and durability, Minn Kota® Talon™ Shallow Water Anchors deliver a fast, secure hold to keep you on top of fish in shallow water. They're the ultimate weapon in the battle for boat positioning. Made of marine-grade extruded anodized-aluminum, the Minn Kota Talon can withstand a harsh, corrosive saltwater environment as well as the pounding waves of a freshwater river or lake. Operating from the boat's existing battery setup, Talon vertically deploys the spike without fish-spooking noise. Additionally, the indestructible spike, made with fiberglass reinforced composite material, is guaranteed for life.
The ultimate weapon in the battle for boat positioning
Made of marine-grade extruded anodized-aluminum
Vertically deploys the spike without fish-spooking noise
Indestructible spike is guaranteed for life
Lightning-fast deployment with the push of a button
Minn Kota® Talon™ Shallow Water Anchors
The Talon is a product that works well but needs improvement. Mine gets stuck on the mud quite often. Sometimes I have to get out of the boat to help it get unstuck with my hands or rocking the boat sideways. In my opinion the motor is powerful enough to get it 1 or 2 ft down into the mud but not powerful to get it up. It may need a stronger motor or upward force. Last time I used it got stuck on the down position and something inside the metal mechanism got bent. I couldnt get unstuck so had to use the motor to break the composite shaft to get the boat moving, then since the metal mechanism goes down about 4 ft, I had to unscrew the talon from the boat on the water to prevent it from damaging it or the boat as I was getting back to the ramp.. The talon service specialist closest to me 2 and 1/2 hour drive said "they are getting talons for service every day". He recommended the power pole better. I would call the authorize service specialists that repair both products to compare and for advise. Good luck!
September 18, 2012
I have the 8' model on my Key West 210 BR. I've had issues with this anchor since day one. The anchor got stuck in the down position the very first time I tried to use it and it hasn't been right since. I've contacted the company and nothing... they really don't care about the customer what so ever.
The only way I'd buy this product is if the Bass Pro extra coverage was purchased with it.. so you can return it to them and not have to deal with Minn Kota. Minn Kota seems to think that 57.5 mile , one way trip is satisfactory for "their" repair people to look at it. 4 Mechanics and the owner of the dealer are not enough "word" for this company. TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE.
I wouldn't buy this product again nor would I recommend it to anyone.
Keep your money and buy a Power Pole, it's cheaper, better and well you don't have to deal with Minn Kota.
My talon got stuck the first time, Got home it worked fine in the driveway that day. Next time I was out, the talon worked but would not hold had to swim after the boat twice, tried the talon at the beach a few weekends ago and it wouldn't work period, went out this past Sunday and wouldn't work period. It does work in the boat yard and in my driveway, but not when I need it, in the water!!
August 28, 2012
I really like my Talon. It took me a total of 35 minutes to install it on my boat with the jackplate side mount. It has a strong gold and deploys fast. A good suggestion would be to purchase the tilt bracket so the Talon can fold down inside the boat when storing, or going under low objects. I give it an A+.
August 22, 2012
Pretty Good Product
I purchased and installed the talon on my 19' Nautic star CC exactly one year ago. When I first installed and used this product it was the best thing since sliced bread, No more mud in the boat! Now after a year and many battery changes in remotes, the constant disassembly of the bottom plate and removal of unit from the support mount so that you can clean mud out as it does bind this unit up constantly and now it seems the second stage constantly hanging up on the bottom plate and the agrivation when it does hang up which seems to be every third time I deploy it. The unit seems to have bent on the second stage and I question now the durability over the next year. I think I should have purchased a power pole as this product seems to be more of a hastle than my buddys power pole as we purchased at the same time.
July 3, 2012
The Talon will stick up about 2 foot above your out board motor. The overall hight will depend on how high your trailer runners have the boat bottom off the floor. On 8'4" models installed 4" up from bottom of hull they should be 5'4" from bottom of hull.
First, you can buy a mounting plate that allows it to be tilted 30 degrees for going into and out of the garage. If that's not enough you can raise and lower it quite a bit with no tools. If that's not enough you can take it completely off easily with no tools.
The Talon has great holding power. I use mine on the Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers in southwest Louisiana. These rivers are affected by tides. When I put my Talon down it holds me firmly in place in heavy current.
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