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In the market for new trolling motor
« on: January 25, 2020, 04:46:57 PM »
This spring I plan to replace my trolling motor.  I have a 24 volt Minn Kota Co Pilot and auto pilot now but it's a bit patched together.  The foot control does not turn left and after a bit of work, I simply added a separate momentary switch to a block of wood to use for left turns. New one for the older model is ridiculous cost.  The Co-Pilot stopped working a few years ago but I can get along without it.  I'm not a fan of the motor mount and deploy and stow is very difficult at times.
New one needs to have 24 volt system, Spot Lock, I Pilot GPS, Remote control, maybe a brushless motor and a better (lift assist) deploy/stow system.  Maybe something like this one.
Minn Kota Ultrex Freshwater Bow-Mount Motor with Universal Sonar 2 and i-Pilot GPS (24-Volt, 80-Pound)
Any thoughts, good, bad indifferent.  Anyone have experience with this model. 

 
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Re: In the market for new trolling motor
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2020, 04:35:11 AM »
I have the Terrova (sp)
I have had zero problems with it.
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Re: In the market for new trolling motor
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2020, 08:30:48 AM »
It might not be a bad thing to wait a little and see how the new Garmin and Lowrance motors work out. I 'm thinking the Lowrance was #1 at ICast this year.
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Re: In the market for new trolling motor
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 09:25:31 PM »
hawg,

Thanks for the suggestion.  I started comparing what was out there, what I needed and most of all what I wanted.  I really liked the Lowrance Ghost.  It has everything a guy could want plus more.  Love the fly by wire control, piston aided deploy and stow, super rigid mount, no issue with cable wrap as the top does not move, brushless motor, interchangeable transducers, Break away shaft, three year warrantee, and power next to none.  The only issue was the price however, with triple points and a couple hundred in rebates, it wasn't all that much more than the Minn Kota Ultrex.  Today I stopped at Cabela's and bought the Lowrance Ghost.  Although Cabela's offered free installation, being the pick butt I am, I will install it when it warms up in a month or two.   
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Re: In the market for new trolling motor
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2020, 10:27:21 PM »
Please let us know how it works out.    I saw the announcement and it looked good, but sometimes reality isn't up to the hype

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Re: In the market for new trolling motor
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Re: In the market for new trolling motor
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 06:02:13 PM »
Thanks for the link..  I, besides being cheap, will wait another year to let them get some real world experience and find out how they work out.   

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Re: In the market for new trolling motor
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2020, 07:38:02 PM »
I had the chance to check out the new motors when I was at the Sport show in Nashville in Jan.   I did like that Lowrance however,  it is my understanding they are set up to run off the Lowrance locators and Garmin mapping software.  Nothing against either one of them except my boat is rigged with HumminBirds so I could use the Lake Master.   

I have the Min Kota Ulterra but I will say I have had issues with it.  In fact, it is currently in the shop being repaired under warranty because the motor would only work when it wanted to.  Some kind of electrical short in it someplace.  When it works right it is awesome.   The spot lock and self deploy/stow feature is really nice, especially in the wind !!!   

 

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