Raymarine announced today its line of Axiom chartplotters are now completely integrated with Rhodan’s full line of trolling motors. Designed for boats ranging from a small skiff to a 42-foot center console, Rhodan trolling motors range in size from 12v up to 36v in a range of shaft lengths up to 108 inches.
“Raymarine Axiom 2 Pro and XL, which were built specifically for the saltwater angler, offers the most extensive and easy-to-use Rhodan trolling motor control available,” said Jamie Dery, Vice President – Americas, Raymarine. “Working closely with Rhodan engineers, we have integrated their controls into the Axiom side bar delivering full trolling motor control directly from the display and providing a seamless transition between trolling motor and our Evolution autopilot.”
“Rhodan’s GPS Anchor is a key feature for saltwater fishing,” said Kyle Hagen, Vice President of Rhodan Marine Systems. “With Raymarine and Rhodan you can maintain position over your favorite fishing spot or structure and enjoy precision touch screen motor control when fishing a drift.”
In Manual Mode anglers can control their trolling motor from their Axiom just as they would from the Rhodan key fob. They can increase and decrease thrust, including reverse and adjust the motor’s direction, which is clearly shown on the display. With Hold Heading Mode, users can maintain a heading and adjust it in 1-degree increments. In this mode, users can also increase thrust up and down, or dial in a specific speed, which is extremely valuable for anglers wanting to precisely control the boat’s speed.
The Anchor Here feature locks the boat on a particular spot using Rhodan’s HD GPS technology. The motor automatically compensates for wind and current to hold the boat on station. The precision of this control is such that pressing any of the directional controls adjusts the boat’s virtual anchor point in five-foot increments, the perfect solution for hovering over a favorite fishing spot without needing to drop anchor.
In Navigation Mode, users can navigate to a single waypoint or follow a route of sequential waypoints. The boat’s speed of advance can be controlled by dialing in an exact speed or thrust level. Upon reaching the destination, the trolling motor will automatically move into anchor mode to hold the boat at that spot.
Autopilot-equipped boats also enjoy a seamless navigation experience when they transition from trolling motor to traditional autopilot and back. Raymarine’s integration with Rhodan can automatically detect whether the trolling motor is stowed or deployed, enabling Axiom to steer the trolling motor when it is active, and then control a Raymarine Evolution autopilot when the Rhodan motor is stowed.