where did you purchase them and how expensive.I have Penn fathom masters and love them. I use them whenever I troll year round and catch just as much as the other rods. Plus it spreads your lines out better, you can control depth, fish lighter rods, and lines are close to the boat.
Highly recommend them
Can't you switch the wire out to 130lb braid. That would cut down the noise.I have two downriggers and I love them, have caught lots of fish on them, but Greg is right, if you just put a pole holder pointed out to the side and use a heavy weight you can dot he same thing with less headache., much easier..but it is not as accurate...I would not trade my downriggers for anything but after a few hours of that noise sometimes I can't take it anymore!!!
For the boat you have and are looking at getting, you dont need anything as fancy as the fathom master, even though they are great downriggers, I run the canon easy troll and they work great for the boat I have and you are looking at...