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Anyone have some real world fishing experience on a Mitzi 17 tiller model or a Ankona Cayenne tiller model. I’m looking at either one in a bare-bones layout to hang a 40hp Tohatsu off the back. Any riding, draft, or poling input would be appreciated.
 

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With a bare bones Cayenne tiller set up, you'll be looking at drafting a true 6" and it will pole like a dream. I was in in 6-7" and loved the poling with my Cayenne that had a 60 remote setup fully rigged. The one thing I will say, you will want trim tabs on that skiff. The ride and performance really comes alive when you tab that skiff out.
 

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I’m living in Kansas City right now and I just want a bare-bones poling skiff with as little of electronics as possible. Which tiller horsepower do you recommend on that Cayenne? I think a 40hp tohatsu should push it fine. And also what is the dead rise?
 

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I’m living in Kansas City right now and I just want a bare-bones poling skiff with as little of electronics as possible. Which tiller horsepower do you recommend on that Cayenne? I think a 40hp tohatsu should push it fine. And also what is the dead rise?
40 HP Tohatsu would be my choice. Zero deadrise. But definitely get tabs. You will not regret it.
 

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Doesn’t the Cayenne have a tunnel as well? I’m fishing the big bend and it gets skinny. Thanks for your input!
The Cayenne has a tunnel however it is not an aggressive tunnel like the SC18. The tunnel is more like the SC16. I ran mine with out a jack plate in Tampa Bay. If I needed to run skinny, I would put the tabs all the way down, peg the motor to the transom, hop up, then trim up the motor and run nose down. I was easily able to run in less than a foot.
 

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Yeah I was in the que with Ankona to build a Copperhead and pulled out because I moved from St. Marks to Kansas City. I still want to buy a new boat but go bare bones with a tiller model boat because it’s going to sit outside in Florida with a tarp most of the time. Plus I can save a couple thousand dollars and reduce the weight of the boat. I’m looking hard at the Cayenne and the Mitzi 17.
 

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The Cayenne has a tunnel however it is not an aggressive tunnel like the SC18. The tunnel is more like the SC16. I ran mine with out a jack plate in Tampa Bay. If I needed to run skinny, I would put the tabs all the way down, peg the motor to the transom, hop up, then trim up the motor and run nose down. I was easily able to run in less than a foot.
Can Ankona do the Cayenne with a tiller and still work the trim tabs. What set up would you think would work the best with a Cayenne tiller model?
 

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Can Ankona do the Cayenne with a tiller and still work the trim tabs. What set up would you think would work the best with a Cayenne tiller model?
Absolutely. So you would want the trim tab controls on your tiller console or grab bar. As with any tiller skiff, you have 3 anchorage points: your feet on the floor, your left hand on the tiller and your right hand on a grab bar of some kind. We do a tiller console and tiller console/jump seat with a grab bar on it. The trim tab switches would be there so you can easily control the tabs while running the skiff. If you want a jack plate too, those controls could be rigged the same or on the tiller extension handle that you get. Shoot me a text if you want pics of these consoles or if you have nay other questions. 863-860-7250
 
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