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Happy Troller delivers tantalizingly slow speeds

by Martin Flory Group 20 Jul 02:08 UTC

Experienced anglers know the importance of matching trolling speed to the target species. For tantalizingly slow lure presentations, the solution has traditionally been to use a trolling or kicker motor—both expensive propositions that don't adapt well to many boat styles. With Happy Troller® from Davis Instruments, it's easy to dial-in the perfect speed on a sterndrive or outboard-powered vessel to maximize strike potential. And when the rods are stowed, the innovative device adds stability while motoring at cruising speed.

Happy Troller is manufactured from anodized marine-grade aluminum for use in fresh or saltwater. Quick to install, it mounts to the anti-cavitation plate with included stainless steel hardware and common household tools.

Using Happy Troller is easy. From inside the boat, the cable is pulled to bring the plate from level to 45 degrees or 90 degrees. It's spring-loaded and locks positively into the desired position.

Happy Troller works by deflecting the propeller wash, slowing the boat without straining the engine. Fully down provides the most resistance and lowest speeds. But if wind or current reduce steerage, the middle setting is the perfect solution for increased handling capabilities.

Once done fishing and the boat stopped, the cable is pulled again to release the plate. In the level position, Happy Troller stabilizes the vessel, reducing porpoising and cavitation, and maintaining correct bow position.

Davis Instruments Happy Troller is offered in two sizes. The Small model is designed for 20-50 hp engines; the Large is for 50 hp and over.

For more information contact Davis Instruments, Tel: +1-510-732-9229; Fax: +1-510-732-9188. In Europe: Davis Marine Europe, Tel: +31 (0)78 6194316; Fax: +31 (0)78 6192689. Email: ; or visit www.davisinstruments.com

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