Go Back  The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum > BOATING FORUMS > The Boating Forum
Reload this Page >

Minn Kota Riptide with CoPilot? -opinions?

The Boating Forum

Minn Kota Riptide with CoPilot? -opinions?

Old 08-23-2019, 09:10 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Cape Coral FL
Posts: 5
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
BostonIrish819 is offline  
Old 08-23-2019, 09:18 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 979

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.
Striperk9 is offline  
Old 08-23-2019, 09:22 AM
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Croaker , Virginia
Posts: 391

I have a 17' skiff , I-pilot 70# , wish it had more thrust
normsworld is offline  
Old 08-23-2019, 11:33 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 204

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.
BTL is online now  
Old 08-23-2019, 12:13 PM
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Englewood, FL
Posts: 58

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.

kmagnuss is offline  
Old 08-23-2019, 01:07 PM
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 1,973

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.

Good Luck
2dogs1949 is offline  
Old 08-23-2019, 01:16 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 549

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.
snookaffinity is offline  
Old 08-23-2019, 01:33 PM
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 40

Remote and spot lock are amazing!
Renagade800 is offline  
Old 08-23-2019, 01:34 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Dobson, NC
Posts: 13

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.
Jfitzem is offline  
Old 08-23-2019, 01:50 PM
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Spartanburg, SC
Posts: 1,366

4 volt 80lb thrust Ipilot !!! Co Pilot is not worth it and you will regret buying it.
marlinpruett is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread