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Old 05-05-2019, 11:28 AM
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Bought a new bay boat a month or so ago and I have been debating on which gps trolling motor to mount, Motorguide or Minn Kota.

So I decided on a 36V Motorguide Xi5 SW 60" GPS, while trying to find the best price I ran across this:

Motorguide Countdown

Which of course caused me to start looking and it apparently refers to a new MG Trolling Motor to be announced/released in 2 months... which now has me pausing on pulling the trigger on my purchase.

And if that was not enough, while trying to research the new MG Trolling Motor, I found out that Lowrance is getting in the GPS Trolling Motor game.


Does anyone have any information on either one? Would either be worth waiting for?


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Old 05-05-2019, 11:36 AM
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Why would you or anyone for that matter not just buy a Rhodan? There is no debate on the quality of this trolling motor vs. MK or MG. Is it the money?
Rhodan is the best hands down.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:40 AM
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The lack of integration with my Simrad electronics would be a top reason, if you really want to know why.

Not really what I asked but its The Hull Truth so I will just roll with it.
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Originally Posted by Lacoochee View Post
The lack of integration with my Simrad electronics would be a top reason, if you really want to know why.

Not really what I asked but its The Hull Truth so I will just roll with it.
why would you buy any other boat besides a Freeman??? are you out of your mind?!?!?
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Why would you or anyone for that matter not just buy a Rhodan? There is no debate on the quality of this trolling motor vs. MK or MG. Is it the money?
Rhodan is the best hands down.
When Rhodan makes auto deploy/retrieve, adjustment of TM depth from the transmitter, screen so you can see tracks, speed, spot lock positions I might be interested. Granted it might have more power and customer service is great but they lack Ulterra features which are important to many of us.

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Originally Posted by sydngoose View Post
Why would you or anyone for that matter not just buy a Rhodan? There is no debate on the quality of this trolling motor vs. MK or MG. Is it the money?
Rhodan is the best hands down.
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Originally Posted by jerryclaybrook View Post
When Rhodan makes auto deploy/retrieve, adjustment of TM depth from the transmitter, screen so you can see tracks, speed, spot lock positions I might be interested. Granted it might have more power and customer service is great but they lack Ulterra features which are important to many of us.
This^^^

I have been on boats with Rhodan, they work great, but man what a PITA to get deployed & stowed. Enough to make anchoring seem just as easy. As I get older, I want easy. Now I know that MK has been hot or miss for some, but those have hit seem to love it and can never go back to manual deploy. I just hope I will be one of the hits when I go (or MG or Rhodan has stepped up tjeir game).
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I have an 84” Rhodan on a 29’ Cat Walkaround. Deploying the Rhodan is far from easy, but it is far easier than anchoring. I would love to have the auto-deploy feature, but do have the best Compromise available last tear. 3 size 31 batteries will last a day of fishing; the lithiums sound great, and I have friends with them in their bass boats, but the price makes no sense for me (yet)...
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Originally Posted by sydngoose View Post
Why would you or anyone for that matter not just buy a Rhodan? There is no debate on the quality of this trolling motor vs. MK or MG. Is it the money?
Rhodan is the best hands down.
My coworker's buddy bought one and it broke in 2 months. Gears stripped. That being said Rhodan was very prompt shipping him parts under warranty. But he had to replace them himself.

With Minn Kota, he could have taken it to Fox's and had it fixed in a day or two under warranty.

IMO if you need the extra length you should go with Rhodan. If 72" is enough I would go with Minn Kota or MG (if they make that length) for ease of getting it serviced.

I'm not buying that Rhodan is the best TM ever made. I think they're all pretty darn good and I would get whatever links with your chartplotter and/or whatever you can get serviced easily.
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Originally Posted by Lacoochee View Post
Bought a new bay boat a month or so ago and I have been debating on which gps trolling motor to mount, Motorguide or Minn Kota.

So I decided on a 36V Motorguide Xi5 SW 60" GPS, while trying to find the best price I ran across this:

Motorguide Countdown

Which of course caused me to start looking and it apparently refers to a new MG Trolling Motor to be announced/released in 2 months... which now has me pausing on pulling the trigger on my purchase.

And if that was not enough, while trying to research the new MG Trolling Motor, I found out that Lowrance is getting in the GPS Trolling Motor game.

Lowrance Trolling Motor

Does anyone have any information on either one? Would either be worth waiting for?

I canít help with your question, but Iím quoting it in hopes we can get this mess back onto the topic. Iím interested in what you asked, which does not include anything about Rhodan.
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I canít help with your question, but Iím quoting it in hopes we can get this mess back onto the topic. Iím interested in what you asked, which does not include anything about Rhodan.
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I have a Rhodan, and even if it were offered, I wouldnít want auto-deploy. I have plenty of other things that can break.
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I have a Rhodan, and even if it were offered, I wouldnít want auto-deploy. I have plenty of other things that can break.
Certainly with more bells and whistles there is more opportunity for things to go wrong. I find the auto deploy/retrieve worth the possible trouble. I don't like going up to the bow and lifting the TM especially when there are rougher conditions. I also really like the ability to change the TM depth from the remote. I usually fish shallow water and have my TM as shallow as possible but not cavitate. When I move to the rear of the boat the TM can caviatate slightly. I can lower the TM with a touch of a button and no wrestling with the TM shaft and collar on the bow.

I am not knocking Rhodan they seems to have a strong following and if the features and price meet your needs more power to you. For me the features of the Ulterra outweigh any negatives. There are also many times more MinnKotas out there than Rhodans so naturally more of them will fail. My Ulterra is going on 4 years and not one issue.
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Originally Posted by sydngoose View Post
Why would you or anyone for that matter not just buy a Rhodan? There is no debate on the quality of this trolling motor vs. MK or MG. Is it the money?
Rhodan is the best hands down.
Lol, this is comical. Rhodan has very limited service centers, a very basic remote, lower quality external components and doesn't offer auto deploy or integration with electronics.

I chose the MK Ulterra and it sure wasn't for the cost savings. Both make a great product but depending on what you need one will stand out.

If I didn't need/want auto deploy I would have considered Rhodan.
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Originally Posted by Lacoochee View Post
Bought a new bay boat a month or so ago and I have been debating on which gps trolling motor to mount, Motorguide or Minn Kota.

So I decided on a 36V Motorguide Xi5 SW 60" GPS, while trying to find the best price I ran across this:

Motorguide Countdown

Which of course caused me to start looking and it apparently refers to a new MG Trolling Motor to be announced/released in 2 months... which now has me pausing on pulling the trigger on my purchase.

And if that was not enough, while trying to research the new MG Trolling Motor, I found out that Lowrance is getting in the GPS Trolling Motor game.

Lowrance Trolling Motor

Does anyone have any information on either one? Would either be worth waiting for?
I've also heard Simrad and Powerpole are coming out with the their own.
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I've also heard Simrad and Powerpole are coming out with the their own.
simrad woukd make sense if lowrance is doing one. Maybe the saltwater version?

i wonder if itís a new unit or rebranded Motorguide though.
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These trolling motors are cool, love the concept of staying in position without the need to anchor. However, I know of someone that just added an MK to his boat, unsure of what model MK but with the longest shaft offered he has experienced the motor blowing out in a 3 foot chop while Tog fishing and losing position. Maybe the need for even longer shafts for larger boats with high freeboard or bows in saltwater conditions?
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Is the MK more responsive when using the FOB vs the Rhodan? My buddy got rid of his for an MK because the slight delay drove him nuts when trying to sneak up on fish.
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Love the competition!!! Bring those prices down!!!
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:58 PM
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Lowrance, Garmin and Powerpole are all coming out with new motors to the market. Lowrance has been testing theirs with their pro staff at numerous bass tournaments and there are some quick videos and pictures out about it. I have not seen anything new on Garmin or Powerpole.

Motorguide is coming out with a new model or series.

Both Lowrance and Motorguide are unveiling theirs at the 2019 iCast Show.

No word yet when Garmin and Powerpole will unveil theirs.

I would expect Lowrance and Motorguide (as well as Powerpole) to be targeted mainly at the bass and freshwater fishing markets. Rumor has it they are targeting the Minn Kota Ultrex, which is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone when it comes to the pedal steer feel and use (cable steer, electronic motor assisted). And probably Ulterra as well with autos to and deploy, although the early images of the Lowrance unit do not show it as being an auto deploy and stow model.

The bass circles dream would be something with the feel and use of the Ultrex and the auto deploy and stow functionality of the Ulterra in one unit.

Garmin may target saltwater more, who knows, since their MFD's are more common there than in bass circles.

Either way, competition is good. And even better and tighter integration in to your MFD is good assuming you have the same brand for both. Interoperability (which right now is really only Motorguide with Lowrance/Simrad) will be probably non-existent in the future.
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