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Old 11-14-2018, 06:52 AM
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Default Is there such a thing as a reliable GPS trolling motor?

I know that if you read the interwebs, you mostly hear about problems. But the couple people that I know that have Minn Kota motors have had problems with them.

I can't really handle things that break a lot, is there a gps trolling motor that has a good chance of lasting 5 years or so??? (Maryland years, not Florida)
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:05 AM
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Yep, Minn Kota Terrova (Gen. 2). GPS unit with manual stow/deploy. Not as cool as the Ulterra with auto stow/deploy, but good solid long lasting units.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:07 AM
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Terrova is solid. I love my ulterra and it's been pretty reliable too
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I've had my MK GPS 24V salt water for 7 Louisiana yrs with no problems except for connection issues which was solved with a Battery Tender Trolling motor connector. I use it about 50 times per yr. Bought a second for a flat boat 2 Louisiana yrs ago which is wired direct with a switching circuit breaker. No problems so far.
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I have had two Rhodan motors, a 72 inch 24 volt on my Panga...and now a 84 inch 36 volt unit, on my 25 foot Triton

Both have been extremely reliable, and mine have mostly been used in offshore fishing settings....

Manual deployment keeps the moving parts down, thus keeping things that could go wrong, at a minimum.

Of course they are built a lot beefier than the others, come with Line-x Lower units, also come with 3 blade props....and are beasts, IMO.......

So being biased.....I'd say Rhodan.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:28 AM
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Also biased toward rhodan. Mine has been great and is approaching the 5/6 year mark. It has surpassed my expectations in every way. Their customer service is great if you ever need them for anything as well. When this one dies it will be replaced with another rhodan.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:39 AM
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I have the motorguide for over a year with zero problems. Used in salt water 99 per cent of the time. (Freshwater Model)
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:41 AM
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The Minn Kota gps trolling motor is very reliable. However the Ulterra is a POS ! I had the manual deploy on previous boat and had it for five years without issue. I originally ordered this boat with the manual deploy but the sales guy ordered the wrong one and they installed it. So it was my bonus from the marina and has been my headache ever since.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:42 AM
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Rhodan X 3. mine is used a lot in saltwater and has been flawless. we fish 200 + hours a year and would not hesitate to buy another one if I needed it. mine is the 72" 24V model on a 26' cat.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:02 AM
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My Rhodan experience has been very good as well.
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:47 AM
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Been very pleased with my MotorGuide Xi5.
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:57 AM
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Thanks guys- so what you are saying is that they don't all break the day after purchase, and stay away from the auto deploy? I'm thinking about doing some sort of mount where I could share a motor between my BW montauk and 15 hobie power skiff
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:05 PM
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Ulterra is junk, but the regular Minn Kota is great and very reliable. Had a rhodan and while it performed great, I wasn't a huge fan of the remote as it just felt super cheap. I really like having the screen on the minn kota remote.
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My Gen 2 Ulterra is now almost 2 years old. I did some calculating, and over that nearly 2 years, I estimated that I have deployed and stowed the motor close to 300 times. To date, it has not failed the first time. The only shortcoming of the motor has been the paint job on the motor, which MK acknowledges that they had a batch that had bad paint. They will replace my motor under warranty (until I hit the 2 year anniversary in another month and a half). I am still debating whether to take it in for the warranty. I might just accept the missing paint for the cosmetic issue that it is, and keep using it. I hate to mess up my luck! It has been the best money I have spent on the boat, and I can't imagine going fishing the old fashioned way without it. If it were to croak after the warranty expires, I will not hesitate to fix it or buy a new one.
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:44 PM
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Not saying mine hasn’t been in the shop, but I’m very pleased with my ulterra. I ran over a pipe at full speed with the wind behind me and destroyed the trim motor. Other than that it’s been flawless. We easily fish 50+ Trips a year and deploy it 8-12+ times a trip, you do the math.. it’s been a good motor.

Also put out a ulterra in a friend’s boat and he broke it twice due to power issues and it losing calibration. Both times it could have been avoided but he wasn’t sure how to fix it. Minnkota covered everything
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by linesider 159 View Post
Ulterra is junk, but the regular Minn Kota is great and very reliable. Had a rhodan and while it performed great, I wasn't a huge fan of the remote as it just felt super cheap. I really like having the screen on the minn kota remote.
And here I have always thought the remote on the rhodan was great, mainly due to its simplicity over the brick you get with the MK. To each their own I suppose.
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I will have to say with all the problems I have had with the Ulterra. When I finally got a hold of someone from MK they have been nothing but excellent on the customer service side. I am thinking I may have a chance of getting my issues resolved, now. It is at the service center now getting repaired with a phone call from a factory tech to the shop to fix the problem. I am not holding my breath that what ever they are doing is going to get me a reliable Ulterra for longer than a month or two but I will give them a chance to change my mind about this model.

I have had zero issues when it deploys as far as accuracy with the spot lock or any other actual motor or gps issue. All my issues have been with deploying and storing.
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:14 PM
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Very pleased with my Rhodan.
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:37 AM
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As you will probably find on other threads about MK or other brands, the main issues with the MK Ulterra were with the Gen 1 units. The Gen 2 versions have basically fixed all of the issues the Gen 1's had. If auto deploy/stow is not something you think you really need, the Terrova is just about bulletproof and has all the other same functions-GPS, spotlock, etc.
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:01 AM
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Very pleased with my rhodan.
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