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Williefb
02-07-2010, 09:05 PM
Mac's River Runner vs Rock Hopper Motor Guard

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River Runner by Mac's Propsavers, Inc. (http://www.propsavers.com/River%20Runner.html)

rockhoppermotorguards (http://www.rockhoppermotorguard.com/)

Anybody used either of these products? Looks like the rock hopper is a much stronger product but I suspect that it might cut down on performance a bit more.

Crestliner08
02-08-2010, 06:41 AM
Looks like either one would work just fine. However, know that your top end speed will be reduced with either as well.

Edit: And if you "slip" a river, they're worthless.

olduckhunter
02-08-2010, 07:18 AM
Looks like either one would work just fine. However, know that your top end speed will be reduced with either as well.

Edit: And if you "slip" a river, they're worthless.




what do you mean by "slip" a river?


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CrappieKillerJigs
02-08-2010, 10:14 AM
i have the macs river runner on my 25hp and it has saved me many props...i really like and that thing is very well built

olduckhunter
02-08-2010, 10:21 AM
i have the macs river runner on my 25hp and it has saved me many props...i really like and that thing is very well built

i've been tempted to buy something so i can fish the river here some but so far haven't. the other one looked like it would protect better than the mac's but maybe not. crappie, are you running a rocky river or just jumping logs and stuff with it? the river here is rocky. i'm not concerned about stumps and logs. i've jumped them all my life without anything with no problem but the rocks are a different set of cats.


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CrappieKillerJigs
02-08-2010, 10:28 AM
mostly rocks with a few logs here and there....it has saved me from buying a new prop more then once....it will skip right across the rocks with out letting the prop hit them and how it bolts on it makes the skag stronger also

olduckhunter
02-08-2010, 10:31 AM
thanks for that reply. now i got to find out if they have one to fit my motor. thanks again.


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olduckhunter
02-08-2010, 11:06 AM
crappie, when did you buy yours? i don't see them listed in the new cabela's catalog but in last years bass pro catalog they are listed but do not look exactly like the one in the link you posted here. if it's new it covers the front of the skeg where as the one in bass pro doesn't. just wondering if they changed the style ?


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Cracker68
02-08-2010, 12:42 PM
I've had a 25hp with the river runner on it. And I fish a stumpy lake and it didn't take long before I removed it. I hit a stump at less than 5mph and it bent it up into my prop.

Crestliner08
02-08-2010, 02:44 PM
what do you mean by "slip" a river?


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Slipping a river is a form a boat control in which you point your bow upstream and adjust the throttle of your boat forward - just to the point where your boat starts to "slip" backwards with the current, but not as fast as the current.

This technique allows you to present your offerings down close to the bottom while maintaining position along structure in rivers. Do a search on Dan Gapen. He's been instructing in this technique of boat control for many decades. All revealed in his book entitled, "Big River Fishing".

Williefb
02-08-2010, 06:41 PM
crappie, when did you buy yours? i don't see them listed in the new cabela's catalog but in last years bass pro catalog they are listed but do not look exactly like the one in the link you posted here. if it's new it covers the front of the skeg where as the one in bass pro doesn't. just wondering if they changed the style ?


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They are available through Cabelas. Do a search for Mac's River Runner (be sure to include the apostraphe) or Rock Hopper Motor Guard. The Rock Hopper looks like a lot stronger unit but there might be a bigger drop off on speed. On a side note if you google Rock Hopper Motor Guard you can buy them cheaper than through Cabelas.

olduckhunter
02-08-2010, 06:57 PM
the rock hopper was cheaper at the rock hopper website than cabela's. quite a bit cheaper but i don't know if it was an old ad on there. i've emailed them, rock hopper, but haven't heard back from them yet. i asked if they had one to fit my motor.


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Williefb
02-08-2010, 09:13 PM
Slipping a river is a form a boat control in which you point your bow upstream and adjust the throttle of your boat forward - just to the point where your boat starts to "slip" backwards with the current, but not as fast as the current.

This technique allows you to present your offerings down close to the bottom while maintaining position along structure in rivers. Do a search on Dan Gapen. He's been instructing in this technique of boat control for many decades. All revealed in his book entitled, "Big River Fishing".

I think that's how the trout fisherman fish the White River. Correct?

Crestliner08
02-09-2010, 08:32 AM
Williefb - yes, but it's largest popularity started in the early 70's with walleye, pike and smallmouth fishermen in the upper mid-west.

Countrytime
02-10-2010, 01:05 PM
I put them on every outboard we use. It will save your prop. We use the Mac's River Runner. Got them from Cabelas. We use them on 25hp Yamaha, 25hp Tohatsu and a 60hp Yamaha 4 Stroke. We fish rivers and lakes, it is inevitable you will hit stumps, logs, bottom and such, when you need it, it is nice to know it was there.

olduckhunter
02-13-2010, 04:55 PM
has anyone used the rockhopper? it looks like it would be stronger and maybe protect better.



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Williefb
02-16-2010, 11:10 PM
has anyone used the rockhopper? it looks like it would be stronger and maybe protect better.



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Based on the comments shown on the Cabela's page dealing with the Rock Hopper, I think you are correct.

olduckhunter
02-16-2010, 11:29 PM
i hope it is. i sent a check today for one. i'll see.


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