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Old 01-30-2016, 05:52 AM
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Anyone have any "on the water " real world reviews on the Minn Kota Saltwater Ulterra trolling motors ?
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A guy I have met on another board has the 112 36v 72" Riptide on a 22' Anderson pilot house I talked to says he doesn't know how he got by without it. Uses it for bottom fishing small rocks that aren't worth anchoring for so he uses the spot lock to fish the spot then move on to the next. I am almost ready to pull the trigger on one, but dang $2,500 plus batteries is a lot for a trolling motor. PM me and I will send you the link to his post.

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One thing I would consider is your electronics, Minn Kota will work with Hummingbird, Motor Guide will work with Lowrance/Simrad. I have Minn Kota and Lowrance and they don't talk to each other, that really sucks. I can only imagine the value of choosing the spot from your MFD and pushing a button telling the TM to spot lock on the cordinates from the MFD.
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Thanks for the input gentlemen . I went with the Riptide ST instead . Saved 500.00 bucks and maybe a future headache if that extra lift and trim motor fails . Not to difficult to use the ST's lift mechanism .
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If my i-pilot dies (or maybe before then), I WILL have the Ulterra.
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I am leaning towards the Ulterra. My bad back will thank me!
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If you havE Humminbird it can link with the iPilot Link
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I love my Minn Kota...



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Is there a trolling motor that talks to Garmin - salt or fresh water? I Love my PowerDrive v2 with the remote, but it would be nice to be able to follow contours with the Garmin or to "go to", etc.
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I understand why but it really sucks you can't connect a minnkota to a lowrance. i love my ST80 but I'm not a fan of the HB electronics.
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Originally Posted by spearfish III View Post
A guy I have met on another board has the 112 36v 72" Riptide on a 22' Anderson pilot house...............

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Where can I get info about that boat?
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Originally Posted by Yrral3215 View Post
Is there a trolling motor that talks to Garmin - salt or fresh water? I Love my PowerDrive v2 with the remote, but it would be nice to be able to follow contours with the Garmin or to "go to", etc.

No. Motorguide talks to Lowrance and Minn Kota talks to Humminbird. No other options.
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We have the Ulterra in 24V 60" and absolutely love it!! We are purchasing a second in 36V 60" for the Ranger 2310 we just got with twin station tower. It will be nice not to have to come down out of the tower to launch the trolling motor!!
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Originally Posted by jgbenson1 View Post
We have the Ulterra in 24V 60" and absolutely love it!! We are purchasing a second in 36V 60" for the Ranger 2310 we just got with twin station tower. It will be nice not to have to come down out of the tower to launch the trolling motor!!
I am very interested in the Riptide Ulterra for my Ranger Bay as well. Have you had any issues with your 24v 60" ?
Have you purchased the 36v 60"? If so, any issues? Thanks for any advice.
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i have the 112 36v st its not a ultera but i fish the bridges and marsh and my 23ft 5000 lb boat at 3-4 kn and holds us in a decent area tho t top acts like a sail and moves us around when we do settle it works awesome .

my dad wanted to fish next to a bridge here near the chef pass the water is moving hard my dad says he dosnt think it will hold and to throw the anchor but i tossed the 112 in and it held for awhile before we ran low on batteries which was over an hour , and thats after running it off and on all day. as long as your not under structure blocking the gps it just plain works in a good 5-7ft circle mine likes to play fall back and creep back into position occasionally.
id imagine other than the extra motor for stow and deploy its the same unit .
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have had Ulterra on 21 cape horn now for 2 months and use it 3-5 times a week in the GOM in up to 2-3 ft seas...love it
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Ulterra 60 80lb. here on my 218 DLV. Perfect so far. I had the Riptide before and the change is so sweet. Cut off big motor, hit deploy and by the time I get to front deck, I'm fishing. Same thing in reverse. Lay down rod, hit stow and by the time I get behind the wheel, I'm ready to go.
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As long as my remote talks to my i-pilot I'm happy. Lowrance units are built like tanks, I'm not giving that up for a small change in quality of life. I consider it to be the best of both worlds.
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I've got the Ulterra 112 36v 72" on my SH 24 BX BR and love it. I used the quick release mount as well. Not cheap with 3 batteries but well worth it.
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Originally Posted by Gulf Breezer View Post
Anyone have any "on the water " real world reviews on the Minn Kota Saltwater Ulterra trolling motors ?
I have extensive experience with this unit and it is not good. Yes it auto stows and deploys making it a breeze to "anchor" with the push of a button. However, my unit did not even last nine months before the gears and pulleys inside the unit corroded away. I was left off shore in high seas with the unit stuck down and had to have a buddy of mine and I go through the whole manual stowing procedure. I called MK who said they no longer had the unit to replace it, but I could buy the upgraded new model after January !! They offered to fix mine and I said no. They shipped me a factory refurbished one which I now have that is okay but jogs around a lot before settling in. Other than not being as accurate as a Rhodan, which I previously owned, there are two other serious problems here. One, it there in no ram mount to keep the shaft from torquing and bounced around when on plane and at first they said they didn't even recommend one. Then my buddy who has the same model and is an engineer, designed one. Worse then that is they brought this thing to market without a quick release pad so servicing it is a pain, since it is bolted to the hull. Mine actually had to be cut off for removal!

So now against MK's recommendation you can use a quick release saltwater starboard mount but that is for their smaller shaft and looks like it won't hold this unit for very long. Or you can use a larger metal QR pad that is made for freshwater and a 72" shaft which will eventually corrode. MK service says they are working "feverishly" on a QR mount for this model. Hey guys this is not rocket science and you should have done this BEFORE you brought your product to market. !!

So if you are willing to accept all of these troubles and buy one now good luck. I understand there new models have better jogging modes and more accurate anchoring but it doesn't address the lack of durability of the unit and lack of easy servicing without a QR mount. It is a matter of when you will need service not if. The bottom line is that when mine breaks again, I will likely replace it with another Rhodan.

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