It took a couple of days, but I finally finished installing the Minn Kota Rip Tide electric, Humminbird 858cDI sonar, MinnKota 3-bank on board charger and the Talon anchoring system. I water tested the boat for the first time today and it performed beyond my expections. It started on the first “key-turn”, it has a great “hole-shot”, and cruises at 80% throttle at 40 mph, fully loaded with 35 gallons of fuel, 4-batteries, all my gear, and Mulligan!The Talon is invaluable for anchoring in water less than 8′ deep, which is crucial when you are fishing shallow, mangrove banks for fish like redfish, snook, snapper, cobia, mackerel, and much more.
The Humminbird 858cDI is excellent because it gives you accurage depth readings, and with the real-time GPS and hydrogaphic charts it makes it easy to find the deeper cuts on shallow flats, and the structure drop-offs out in the Gulf of Mexico.
The MinnKota Rip Tide “auto pilot” electric bown mount motor gives the angler total boat control remotely while he concentates on fishing. By the way, that raised eleveated platform at the bow of the boat, next to the electric was build to be removable when I head out to deep water and easily supports 2-people fishing comfortable and giving them much more “visibility” to spot fish from an elevated platform.
The MinnKota 3-bank charger is neatly installed under the consul and next to the two deep-cycle batteries that power the Riptide. and the third deep-cycle battery that powers the bait well, live well, lights, bilge pump and Humminbird sonar. It’s nice to have “peace-of-mind” and just plug in the extension cord to charge all three batteries!
I’m looking forward to start my fishing tomorrow.