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Old 11-15-2011, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default Motorguide vs Minn Kota

I am looking for advice on what trolling motor to buy for my boat. I have 22' Mckee Hammer head. it is a fairly large boat. Should I go with the Motorguide or Minn kota and why. Both will be saltwater series.

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There will probably be a lot of opinions on this one. In my opinion Minn Kota is the only way to go. I have one of the newer ones with the digital maximizer technology and I put in the MK-220D charger.

When I fish I am in marshes where I use the trolling motor the majority of the time for moving in
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Running on two Interstate 34 series batteries I run my motor about 6-8 hours without draining the batteries much at all. With that charger I can get back up to full charge in less than an hour and a half.
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Same here. I have a minn kota and really like it.
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Minn Kota Riptide 101 62" SF with lift assist. You won't be disappointed!
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I have a Riptide 101 62" as well. It is 14 months old (into a 2yr warranty).

Fox's trolling motor, which is an authorized dealer sold it to me and installed it.

Five shop repairs so far. Hard for me to recommend a Minn Kota. The Minn Kota's of today are not built as well as the Motorguide's.
Call a dealer that sells both - they will probably agree with me. I know Fox's here in Mobile does.
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In my opinion Motor Guides are built much better. I've had both over the years and had fewer problems with Motor Guide.
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In my opinion Motor Guides are built much better. I've had both over the years and had fewer problems with Motor Guide.
same here, got my motor guide from Fox's in mobile
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:04 PM   #9
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Minn Kota, no doubt. I have the Terrova 101 with 3 batteries and I pull crakbaits for Crappie. I can run 6-8 hours at almost 2 MPH with no probs. Motor guide used to have a solid cable and I broke 2 of em at $100 a pop. Not sure if they still use the solid cable but it's a pain
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Ive always run MK, until I built my last skiff, I put a MG on it and to me there is no comparison! The MG is WAAAAAAYYYYY better built....I will never look back PERIOD!
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I have a Riptide 101 62" as well. It is 14 months old (into a 2yr warranty).

Fox's trolling motor, which is an authorized dealer sold it to me and installed it.

Five shop repairs so far. Hard for me to recommend a Minn Kota. The Minn Kota's of today are not built as well as the Motorguide's.
Call a dealer that sells both - they will probably agree with me. I know Fox's here in Mobile does.
I have only owned Minn-Kota stuff, but must admit I have had quite the run of problems with all Minn-Kota in past 5 years or so. So bad it's making me start to think about a retro-fit using Motor Guide stuff. Iv'e had chargers that don't charge; remote steering that won't turn left if wet or rainy, battery power indicator that crapped out in 3 months. Makes me wonder if Minn-Kota moved its assembly to China or something. sheesh.
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:52 PM   #12
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My 2005 Minn Kota Riptide 24v 74# died Monday and I need to replace it. Bow mount 62" shaft. I never was real impressed with it. What's the chance that Motorguide screw holes line up with Minn Kota's - slim or none??

How big of a deal is changing from one to the other? Or should I just get an 80# Riptide and call it a day?

Anybody know of any deals out there?

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Check with this member. If you don't want the 101 lb he can probably get you a deal on a 80.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-...ing-motor.html

He also had 80 lb clones for $245 NIB.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/fishing-...nib-245-a.html
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:00 PM   #14
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Default I've owned three saltwater Motor Guides over 30 years.

I still have the first one, a 12/24 volt and it still works fine. The second one was 24 volt, and lasted 10 years before the motor seized. I guess a seal finally went out. I've had my first problem with my newest, which is 4 years old now, but MG took care of the problem under warranty. It was an electronics board, since all of the new ones are digital. I prefer the stainless steel shaft on the MG, also.
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