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Old 08-23-2019, 09:10 AM
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Default Minn Kota Riptide with CoPilot? -opinions?

Looking to buy a bow mount trolling motor for my 18ft CC....I’ve never used one of these remote control units....any drawbacks? It’s a 55lb thrust/12V unit....Minn Kota Riptide- I was gonna get the variable speed model but my fishing buddies are all telling me the remote is the way to go. Hoping to get some opinions from anybody who’s got one before I pull the trigger...Thanks
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:18 AM
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CoPilot is great, I-Pilot is even better. I have the Riptide 80 I-Pilot on my signature boat. Great for what I do.

55 pounds thrust should be fine on your 18 footer.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:22 AM
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I have a 17' skiff , I-pilot 70# , wish it had more thrust
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:33 AM
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I'd recommend a 24v system. I use an 80lb thrust motor on my 18' CC.

Definitely get a unit with GPS if you can afford it, spot lock/anchor is a game-changing feature. I'll never buy another trolling motor without it.
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:13 PM
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i-pilot is great. Co-pilot isn't worth the money... more to break and a lot harder to keep straight vs. a tiller style in my opinion. You couldn't give me a co-pilot.

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Old 08-23-2019, 01:07 PM
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My last one was a 55 lb Co-Pilot with a remote. I wore the remote on my right wrist like a watch. Over steering was easy to do, a lot of corrections. I spent 35 to 40 % of my time steering as I worked the flats due to wind and tide.
I added a power pole which allowed me to stake out and work an area. Really worked well.
Fished in my buddies boat with an I-Pilot. A week later I had one. This one has 55 lb thrust, works fine in the salt with the tide ripping. I work structure and set spot lock and it keeps you right there. Also has a auto pilot feature. There is a heading sensor using bluetooth to the motor. Point the motor to where you want to go, hit the auto pilot and off you go. You make corrections and it just continues on at the speed you select.
The fob that comes with I-Pilot is large with a display. Minn Kota makes a smaller fob without the display and just the features you use 95% of the time. It's on a lanyard and hangs around my neck and into a shirt pocket.

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Old 08-23-2019, 01:16 PM
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I have an 18 ft. flats boat with 80 lb and at times is barely enough in some currents. I have fished with friends with 55 lb with single battery and battery life was a problem. Never had a problem with battery life with the 24 volt motor.
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Old 08-23-2019, 01:33 PM
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Remote and spot lock are amazing!
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Old 08-23-2019, 01:34 PM
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I had both an I Pilot and Co Pilot on my JVX18 skiff. Yes, the spot lock is wonderful when working correctly(I had an early unit that wouldn't hold position within a 10' radius). Both were 12V, 55lb thrust. Worked very well until current was heavy, then units couldn't hold position. If you have room on boat and the $$ to do so, buy a 24V system with more than 55lbs of thrust. The extra power will keep you on the water longer and move the boat a bit easier.
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4 volt 80lb thrust Ipilot !!! Co Pilot is not worth it and you will regret buying it.
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