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Old 06-15-2022, 03:37 PM   #1
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I am looking at adding two power pole blades to my boat. Looks like it will about 60-65 pounds to my transom/motor mount.

Have any of y'all running them noticed the added weight? Curious as to how the weight affects the transom, getting on plane, etc.

Sorry if this is a dumb question. This is my first boat, and I am just starting to add upgrades.
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Old 06-15-2022, 03:45 PM   #2
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Why do you want 2 poles? I see people with them but I’ve never fished where I can’t move a few feet and it make a difference. If you are adding upgrades. I would add a power pole and spot lock trolling motor.
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Old 06-15-2022, 03:53 PM   #3
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The best thing about two poles is once they are both down the boat wont swing. Its not a huge deal for me with only one. I can see an advantage to having 2 on a bass boat.

I did not notice any performance difference in adding mine. They are great to have without a doubt
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They run 2 blades so they can post up sideways into the wind. Sometimes I wish I had Talons. That amount of weight shouldn't have any if at all effect on you boat operation.
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What he said^^ I have two talons and love it especially when im fishing bulkheads and want my boat faced a certain direction so everyone can fish and it not move. You aren't doing that with one pole.
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Old 06-15-2022, 03:59 PM   #6
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I was going to go with 2 because most people I’ve talked to who have one, wished they had two or mentioned adding another one.
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I was going to go with 2 because most people Iíve talked to who have one, wished they had two or mentioned adding another one.
You will fight the wind with one pole
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Old 06-15-2022, 04:02 PM   #8
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Go with the Raptors if possible. The weight is minimal for boat operation with either the blades or the Raptors.
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I was going to go with 2 because most people Iíve talked to who have one, wished they had two or mentioned adding another one.
One is good, two is way way better. You would regret only getting one if you can afford two. I would never have another boat without 2 powerpoles on it. It's the first option I pick when getting a new boat lol
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Old 06-15-2022, 04:04 PM   #10
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Oh and to answer your original question you will not notice any difference in performance of the boat with the added weight.
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Old 06-15-2022, 04:21 PM   #11
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If fishing fresh from the boat you want two, if just anchoring while wading the salt one is fine.

You will never notice the weight
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Old 06-15-2022, 04:31 PM   #12
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The only other thing I would definitely recommend is a sandwich mount if you can afford one. It mounts between the transom/motor and keeps you from drilling more holes and there is tons of adjustability.
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Old 06-15-2022, 04:38 PM   #13
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The only other thing I would definitely recommend is a sandwich mount if you can afford one. It mounts between the transom/motor and keeps you from drilling more holes and there is tons of adjustability.
What does a mount like that run?
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About $750 for both sides.
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Go ahead and get two of them. Everyone I know with a single wants another or has added a second. Won’t notice any performance issues.
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Old 06-15-2022, 06:06 PM   #16
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Why do you want 2 poles? I see people with them but Iíve never fished where I canít move a few feet and it make a difference. If you are adding upgrades. I would add a power pole and spot lock trolling motor.
I can tell you why. If you want to stay still without it turning and fight the trolling motor. I don't know why you just would own just one

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Old 06-15-2022, 06:08 PM   #17
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If fishing fresh from the boat you want two, if just anchoring while wading the salt one is fine.

You will never notice the weight
Can you're boat drift while deployed

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Old 06-15-2022, 06:38 PM   #18
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I’ve had three boats with power poles. The first boat only had one. The last two both had a pair.

I describe it as having 1 leg versus 2. You can get around on one leg. But it’s a heck of a lot easier with 2.

With 1 pole a boat will move back and forth in the wind. With a pair of poles the boat is locked down and wont move.
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Can you're boat drift while deployed

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My talon comes loose sometimes in the mud in the ulm. If I get out to wade I always put my anchor out too.
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My talon comes loose sometimes in the mud in the ulm. If I get out to wade I always put my anchor out too.
All it takes is a rogue wave or high tide and your stranded too. Smart move using a real anchor.
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All it takes is a rogue wave or high tide and your stranded too. Smart move using a real anchor.
You ain't having fun if you ain't chasing the boat mid wade.

I have one and don't mind it. I have no issues flip,shooting,casting docks with one with the ipiolot. But I can walk and chew gum at the same time also. If I was to go back to full glitter boat I'd have 2 most likely

I'd have to take swim platform off to have a second and wife ain't gonna be able to climb her Dos Equis ace back in the boat without that.

I also reccomended a bracket tween the hull and motor
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I have fished in boats with 1 and 2. I canít imagine only getting 1 if I could afford 2.
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Old 06-15-2022, 07:51 PM   #23
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I hate only having 1. The boat swing in the wind and itís a PITA. My next rig will have two.


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Old 06-15-2022, 07:51 PM   #24
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Go with two.


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Old 06-15-2022, 08:05 PM   #25
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I mostly wade - I see lots of guys croaker fishing with a single pole down and spot lock holding the front to fish sideways.
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Old 06-15-2022, 08:09 PM   #26
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About $750 for both sides.
Iím going with 2 tallas next year! Been following this guys build. Have basically the same boats! 2 all the way!!
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Old 06-15-2022, 08:11 PM   #27
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Get 2.
Talons have been more reliable than power pole in my experience.

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Old 06-15-2022, 08:36 PM   #28
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I have 1. Wish I had 2. But anchors are much cheaper and also work.

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Old 06-15-2022, 09:29 PM   #29
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I mostly wade - I see lots of guys croaker fishing with a single pole down and spot lock holding the front to fish sideways.
I'd rather not have the noise of the trolling motor going while fishing for the most part. I have 1 on my shoalwater and wish I had two. Boat swings around with just one at times.
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Old 06-15-2022, 09:48 PM   #30
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What size and kind of boat? I put a single talon on my 19 ft ranger. Killed the hole shot.
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Old 06-15-2022, 10:09 PM   #31
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Old 06-16-2022, 07:01 AM   #32
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Stand a guy against the transom and see if the weight messes with the hole shot. If not go for it.
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Old 06-16-2022, 07:39 AM   #33
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Only downside is on older boats (specifically bass boats for sure) they were not designed for poles and due to the mounting brackets they can hurt hole shot. It is very noticeable on my basscat how much hole shot is affected. With that said, I love my Raptors, but honestly only use them when beaching my boat and from January to march or so, I prefer fishing offshore most of the year and thats where spotlock is amazing. Oh and one pole is useless, two is fantastic
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Bought the boat and thought 1 pole would be good, just had the 2nd added about a month ago.

As most here have said, go with 2 if you can..

No noticeable difference in performance


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Old 06-16-2022, 08:33 AM   #35
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I've got two Raptors on order with my Skeeter dealer. Tried for a good while without them, but there have been quite a few times we needed them.
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Everyone already hit it… if you can afford two get two.

If you have a jackplate, get the mounts for your jackplate. If no jackplate, get the sandwich mount others posted. Don’t drill into your transom to mount them.

I put one on my boat at the same time I was putting on a hydraulic jackplate, so one was all I could afford at the time. Like everyone else mentioned, the boat would swing. The trolling motor did a great job locking me in when the boat wanted to swing, but the whole point of me getting the power pole was so I didn’t have to run the TM on spot lock all day. I was about to pull the trigger on a second one when I decided to sell the boat. You won’t be sorry going with two.

You didn’t mention make/model of boat. But odds are you will not notice any difference with the weight of the two power poles and pumps on the rear.
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Bought the boat and thought 1 pole would be good, just had the 2nd added about a month ago.

As most here have said, go with 2 if you can..

No noticeable difference in performance


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Did the one pole conflict with the ladder platform.?
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Not always possible to not drill into the transom. My boat has a key slot transom and the brackets wonít work.


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If you drill your transom use 3m 5200 under screws and nuts on both sides.
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Did the one pole conflict with the ladder platform.?
Interested in this question as well.
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I bought my 10 footers from ŗ guy in New York. Cheapest place I found

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2 power poles if I ever have a boat. Father in law has 1 talon on his boat and i hate it, if it sticks then we swing and 1 little wave and we are floating again. Spend more time trying to Jack with it than actually sitting still
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My grab bar above my center console rubs the rafters when I push it in the garage. That was one of the reasons I haven't got one or two yet. That and the $5k price tag it would take before its all said and done for two of them. but now I've found this bracket that allows you to lay them down.

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Next question. How many of yall with 8 footers wish you would have gotten the 10 footers?

I can easily talk myself out of spending the extra money but I wonder if I'd regret it.
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My grab bar above my center console rubs the rafters when I push it in the garage. That was one of the reasons I haven't got one or two yet. That and the $5k price tag it would take before its all said and done for two of them. but now I've found this bracket that allows you to lay them down.

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Next question. How many of yall with 8 footers wish you would have gotten the 10 footers?

I can easily talk myself out of spending the extra money but I wonder if I'd regret it.
That's the normal bracket that came with my talon. You fast need a bolt that it easily removable.
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My grab bar above my center console rubs the rafters when I push it in the garage. That was one of the reasons I haven't got one or two yet. That and the $5k price tag it would take before its all said and done for two of them. but now I've found this bracket that allows you to lay them down.

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Next question. How many of yall with 8 footers wish you would have gotten the 10 footers?

I can easily talk myself out of spending the extra money but I wonder if I'd regret it.
I went with 12fters. Talons now have a 15fter I believe
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I went with 12fters. Talons now have a 15fter I believe
You just screwed me over.
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You just screwed me over.
Well you gotta remember in soft mud you are gonna go probably a ft deep or more. I can stick in 10ft with my 12fters but no deeper than that. So a 8ft talon realistically wont hold in 8ft. I do like they have a soft bottom mode and rough water mode which allows them to go up and down without pulling loose from the bottom in rough or choppy water.
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Well you gotta remember in soft mud you are gonna go probably a ft deep or more. I can stick in 10ft with my 12fters but no deeper than that. So a 8ft talon realistically wont hold in 8ft. I do like they have a soft bottom mode and rough water mode which allows them to go up and down without pulling loose from the bottom in rough or choppy water.
I'm looking at all the mounts now. Tilt brackets and mounts for two of them are going to run me $1400 or more. I'll probably just have to build those myself. Now that I'm back working on site, I have access to some fancy equipment.
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