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    Default Rampage Motor & Anchor Conundrum

    So I've got the NFO Rampage. I was orginally going to get the challenger, but after speaking with Dave more he suggested the Rampage would be a better fit for me, because 99% of the time I fish alone.

    The issue I'm now running into is how to have both the 4 horse outboard and anchor mounted at the same time.

    I'm hoping Mojo, Joni or someone else familliar with the Rampage motor anchor mount setup will have an idea.
    -Tom Wilson
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    Tom: I can't answer your question on the anchor mount, I had ordered one but never did receive it. I just tie the anchor off to one of the black hand grips. I do use a 4 hp outboard on occasion and just wanted to let you know that my mount started to bend on a trip last fall on Lewis Lake in YNP. I took it down to my son to have him beef up the metal plate that you fasten the motor to............just something to keep an eye on.
    Larry


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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBum View Post
    So I've got the NFO Rampage. I was orginally going to get the challenger, but after speaking with Dave more he suggested the Rampage would be a better fit for me, because 99% of the time I fish alone.

    The issue I'm now running into is how to have both the 4 horse outboard and anchor mounted at the same time.

    I'm hoping Mojo, Joni or someone else familliar with the Rampage motor anchor mount setup will have an idea.
    ran into the same issue with my avenger, wish i had a pic of it but i can try to explain what i did. where the two little pieces of metal "straps" connect back to the main deck... i would take a foot of anchor line out and slide my anchor underneath one of those straps. it would hold the anchor snug until i got to where i was going and just dropped it back down into the water. that way the anchor would not bang into the shaft when im underway (thats what she said). it mounts just fine and works like a charm when im stationary.

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    Hope this helps



    Bigger board. However, try to balance between motor and anchor. Not hard to do, this was a trial run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Tom: I can't answer your question on the anchor mount, I had ordered one but never did receive it. I just tie the anchor off to one of the black hand grips. I do use a 4 hp outboard on occasion and just wanted to let you know that my mount started to bend on a trip last fall on Lewis Lake in YNP. I took it down to my son to have him beef up the metal plate that you fasten the motor to............just something to keep an eye on.
    Larry, Thanks for the heads up on beefing up the plate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joni View Post
    Hope this helps



    Bigger board. However, try to balance between motor and anchor. Not hard to do, this was a trial run.
    Joni, I was thinking that would work, but wondered if it would cause the boat to not track strait when anchored when in a river with some good healthy current.

    I can't wait to take this boat out on its maiden voyage this weekend on the Sacramento River to chase Poor man's Bone Fish. Here fishy fishy!
    Last edited by FlyBum; 06-04-2013 at 05:40 PM.
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    I think strap the mount down tight and it should be fine. I get mine so tight I can pick the boat up by the mount. I also modified the mount with dog leash clips so it is quick and easy.

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    After seeing Joni's setup I went and purchased a board and did the same thing with my motor mount. Then 3 weeks ago when I was about to take my boat out with the new motor I discovered the the bolt that the the mounting bracket on the motor itself had broken off.

    So I took it to a local marine mechanic who had to torch the broken bolt to get it out and he replaced it with a stainless steel bolt. So today I was very excited to get out on the river and do some striped bass fishing. By the way I went out with a local guide this week and caught my first striped bass on a fly actually half a dozen of them.

    So I get down to the river got my motor mount setup on the NFO Rampage. I made sure I'd made the the straps I as tight as I could possibly get them. Got on the boat fired up the out board and instead of moving forward when I put it in gear the motor started to be pulled underwater. The thing is I double and triple checked every strap to make sure they were pulled as tight as I could possibly get them. However, it seemed even though Dave Scadden said the boat could handle a 4 hp outboard that it was too much for the bracket.

    Now the only thing I can think to do is sell the motor and purchase a something like a 2 hp. To say the least I'm very disappointed.

    I've never brought this up hear as I know that Mojo and Joni know Dave, but this is just one more issue in a series of poor customer service experiences I've had since purchasing this boat.

    When I purchased the boat I bought it and several upgrades as a package deal. I was assured everything was in stock, but it turns out several critical components were out of stock and I had to wait several weeks for them. Including the anchor and anchor mount. Finally everything, but the anchor arrived.

    Lastly I purchased a set of wheels for the boat from NFO/Dave Scadden and was again assured they are in stock, very quickly a package arrived from NFO and I was excited. However, when I opened it it was another motor mount which I already had and a seat pedestal I cannot even use.

    When I called to inform them about the package they sent, I was informed that the wheels I ordered were on back order, even though just as every time previously I was told they were in stock.

    If return shipping wouldn't cost me so much at this point I'd call Dave and ask for a refund of everything I've purchased from him. Disappointment and dissatisfaction is an understatement at this point. I'm seriously feeling like I wasted my money at this point.
    Last edited by FlyBum; 07-08-2013 at 02:05 PM.
    -Tom Wilson
    Attention New Fly Fishers and those just wanting to improve- Join a Fly Fishing Club. They have classes on every aspect of fly fishing for beginners to advanced for free or cheaper than offered elsewhere. Some offer mentor programs. You will make friends with other fly fishers. Clubs often have outings in which members pay special group rates for guides or to fish prime private access areas.

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    FB, I am so sorry you are having problems. I have a friend that uses a Merc 4 on her Renegade. She used the motor mount, but said she got water in the seat so she uses a deck in front of her.
    Do you have pictures of how you strap the motor mount?

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    Tom
    Sorry to hear the bad news. Also surprised you can't use the 4 hp motor you already have on your Rampage. I used my 4 hp motor last year to motor all the way across Lewis Lake, sure it is too much power to open it wide up, but it works just fine as long as you are a little careful with the throttle. It worked great even though my motor mount bracket was bending like crazy. I had a heavier plate welded on it since then.

    Tom: Does CA require you to register your boat when you use a motor? Wyoming doesn't require registration, unless you are using a motor or electric trolling motor, so I'm going to have to get mine registered.
    Larry


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    Tom,
    In you top post you mentioned you bought the Rampage, but then in the problem post you mention it is a Renegade. So which one is it?

    I wasn't even aware there was a wheel set up for the frameless, can you tell me more about that?

    Dave usually answers his emails in the morning, have you mentioned this to him there?

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