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Old 09-11-2019, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by ytmorris View Post
TTT. I am about to order a new trolling motor and trying to figure out what to buy. I am finally upgrading from the tiller style on the bow so open to either really. Is there a better place than another out there to buy either?
I've heard people say if you get it at west marine and purchase the protection plan if it breaks you can walk in and out with a new one. I'd confirm that first.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by VanW View Post
I've heard people say if you get it at west marine and purchase the protection plan if it breaks you can walk in and out with a new one. I'd confirm that first.

Ill check with them to see if my port supply discount will help.
Old 09-12-2019, 05:34 AM
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Originally Posted by ytmorris View Post
TTT. I am about to order a new trolling motor and trying to figure out what to buy. I am finally upgrading from the tiller style on the bow so open to either really. Is there a better place than another out there to buy either?
Well after Motorguide hyped up a revolutionary new trolling motor to be released at ICAST I was really disappointed. I was hoping they were coming out with something worth mentioning but seemed like a big flop to me. I still can't say enough good things about my Motorguide XI5, I just hate it when companies hype up the release of a product for months only to roll out with something mediocre.

Motorguide XI5 still has my vote, I have had 2 MinnKotas in the past FWIW.
Old 09-12-2019, 05:51 AM
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I have an 84" Rhodan, I keep seeing posts about hard to deploy. Its my first year with it but I'm comparing to the pain in the ar$ trying to anchor in 50Ft of water over a wreck wash. that was a pain in the ar$! I just time my lift with the waves and up she goes. Yea, I get a work out and yea, I'd like an auto deploy but still way easier and quicker than a single anchor that misses the wreck.

BTW, I'd rather a tie in to my Simrad than auto deploy over nema2000. I'm able to sidescan the wreck and mark the bow and stern pretty well. I'd like to be able to just click on the map and pick a spot for the Rhodan to move to than having to click 5 ft at a time and wait. That would save me more time and effort than an auto deploy/stow.
Old 09-12-2019, 02:46 PM
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I’ve never owned a Rhodan but I’m one more Minn Kota repair away from it. I have a 36V Ulterra Riptide, 72” shaft on a Bluewater 2550. It’s like your sonar, after your used to having one, it’s hard to get by without it. The auto stow/deploy is the cats a$$ but it’s also a curse. It has glitches on a somewhat regular basis and it’s been in the shop 3 times in 3 years. The last time the shop replaced the main control circuit board, 350 bucks. The part itself cost 270 and I got a 90 day warranty on it. If you buy it off the shelf and do your own work-no warranty. I’ve had to electronically reset the trolling motor dozens of times. When you have a problem that you can’t fix with an electronic reset, you have to remove the side plate, remove another screw that holds two levers together, pull off a plastic cap, and manually pull the trolling motor up. It’s NOT counter balanced because this isn’t SUPPOSED to happen and it sucks. Then you have to tie it off to a cleat or something so it doesn’t fall back into the water. This isn’t fun in 3’ swells. Never ever leave the dock without a philllips head and a spare battery for the remote. Apart from the auto stow deploy issue, it works well. Using the GPS spot lock is SO much better than anchoring. Besides being faster and easier, it’s also safer and it allows you to instantly get away from structure when your fighting a fish. That said, the design is NOT well thought out, and the lack of an easy way to stow the trolling motor when you deplete your batteries or have a problem is beyond stupid. Garmin and Lowrance are also building trolling motors now but not for offshore boats, yet.
Old 09-13-2019, 05:44 PM
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If you are using it for spot lock offshore I would recommend the ulterra from minn kota. I cant speak for the rhodan at all but I would NOT want to be way up on the front of my boat in 3' seas trying to deploy and retrive a 72" shaft heavy trolling motor. I have loved mine so far. Only owned it 6 months but it functions fantastic with some Lithium batteries.
Old 09-13-2019, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdcoaststroker View Post
If you are using it for spot lock offshore I would recommend the ulterra from minn kota. I cant speak for the rhodan at all but I would NOT want to be way up on the front of my boat in 3' seas trying to deploy and retrive a 72" shaft heavy trolling motor. I have loved mine so far. Only owned it 6 months but it functions fantastic with some Lithium batteries.


I hope you have better luck with yours than I have. After you’ve been on the front of that boat in 3’ seas with your screwdriver, trying to manually stow your Ulterra, you won’t be so happy with it. I hope you don’t need to do that, but just some helpful advice: Learn how to do it while your dockside. Offshore isn’t the correct place to figure it out.
Old 09-14-2019, 03:24 AM
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I hope you have better luck with yours than I have. After you’ve been on the front of that boat in 3’ seas with your screwdriver, trying to manually stow your Ulterra, you won’t be so happy with it. I hope you don’t need to do that, but just some helpful advice: Learn how to do it while your dockside. Offshore isn’t the correct place to figure it out.
Been there done that my 2nd trip out with the brand new boat. 3' seas at 4 second 35 miles out. My dumbass forgot to charge the batteries and didnt pay attention. Those lithiums lost the charge while bottom fishing with some freinds... now I got it down pat. But I was cussing minn kota the whole time while my buddy held me from falling off the boat haha
Old 09-15-2019, 04:05 PM
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the rhodan is a 120lb thrust as well right?? minnkota and Motorguide need to step it up. they are both like 108?? but the auto deploy is a must for me, along with the ipilot setup.
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Originally Posted by c_hook20 View Post
the rhodan is a 120lb thrust as well right?? minnkota and Motorguide need to step it up. they are both like 108?? but the auto deploy is a must for me, along with the ipilot setup.

They all come in different shaft length, voltage and thrust. Mine is 112 lb thrust. I doubt you’d be able to tell the difference in thrust between any of the 36 volt models.
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Rhodan hands down

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