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Better spot lock. Rhodan vs new minn-kota

Old 02-26-2019, 06:16 PM
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Iíve used my rhodan a lot in the past year. Very happy with it. Iíve had deployed when I probably shouldnít even consider it, but it holds on. Used it Sunday to Sabiki some kite baits, about 4ft from a buoy right out the inlet. It held the whole time in fairly nasty conditions and boat traffic.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Fresh2Salty View Post
I have the older ripetide, found if I click on anchor about 10-15 ft up current/wind it will settle back to the spot I want, it sucks in no wind or current. The gps accuracy of the earlier models is about a 15 ft radius I believe, the newer ones are 3-5ft.
that's the one i have. The spot lock is useless as taste buds on an anus.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Pipeliner345 View Post
that's the one i have. The spot lock is useless as taste buds on an anus.
Think we could have them upgraded with new gps unit in motor head, that's if you want to spend 500+ bucks for it. Think I'll go with a new TM if/when I make a change. I hear lots of good things about Rhodan...
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Fresh2Salty View Post
Think we could have them upgraded with new gps unit in motor head, that's if you want to spend 500+ bucks for it. Think I'll go with a new TM if/when I make a change. I hear lots of good things about Rhodan...
i'm probly going to give them a try. But i have to think about servicing. Only one rhodan dealer coming up in texas that i know of.
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Pipeliner345 View Post
i'm probly going to give them a try. But i have to think about servicing. Only one rhodan dealer coming up in texas that i know of.
Yeah, dealer locations is why I'll look at them, plenty here in FL. Seeing lots of their TM's around Tampa/St Pete.
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Old 02-27-2019, 04:10 PM
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I just purchased a rhodan today.
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Old 02-28-2019, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by billfishr View Post
I just purchased a rhodan today.
awesome. Could you please make a video of the spot lock in action near a stationary object for reference. Im looking for real world examples ........and not advertisements. Although i can't bash my minn-kota, been a great motor, i'm extremely put out with them over their claims of a 5' circle with spot lock when they came out. I have the older version. It's more like 15 to 20' ft circle. Nowhere near the claim so i do not trust manufacturers advertising. I know none of them are going to be spot on but at the prices i want the best spot lock out there. I need it with garmins livescope.
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Old 02-28-2019, 06:46 AM
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I love my Rhodan! I was able to use their 24v 72” version on my 20ft cc. Very accurate, very powerful and their customer service is outstanding. It holds steady in more than I really want to fish in!
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Old 02-28-2019, 07:44 AM
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Im not sure how much you can tell from these.Iíll try and take some better ones that show how itís mounted. Bluewater factory did an outstanding job on it. Itís mounted on a powder coated aluminum plate. The three batteries are on a rack the built in coffin box. Battery charger is there as well. The outlet for the charger is on the side of the console.

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Here are some better pics that show how itís rigged and mounted. My boat is filthy. No comments about that are necessary.
The motor is mounted to a 3/8Ē powder coated aluminum plate. Itís drilled and tapped for the mounting bolts. The plate is through bolted through the fiberglass. The wires run to a plug inside the anchor box. This allows you to remove the trolling motor with minimal labor. Iím not sure how they pulled the wire from the back anchor box to the batteries in the coffin box, but thatís how itís rigged.

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Old 02-28-2019, 08:27 AM
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:36 PM
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I have a new minn kota terrova and the spot lock is dead on. I couldnít be happier.
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Old 03-01-2019, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by reeltight79 View Post
I have a new minn kota terrova and the spot lock is dead on. I couldnít be happier.
how far off does it drift from target in a moderate wind. How bad Does it overshoot? Thanks for the input.
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:00 AM
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You know with minn Kota you have to mount and wire a separate gps puck?

i changed over to Rhodan for the puck reason and they are in Sarasota for service...

they are otherwise both pretty comparable, and would look ar service repair shop accessibility
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:32 AM
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Question about Rhodan..... I have fished on a Minn Kota boat. The spot lock was great BUT if you hit anchor,, it drifts for 15 to 20 feet then hauls ass back to the anchor spot at max speed! So if you are fishing a shallow flat for spooky fish, this can (and has) shut down the bite. Does Rhodan have an "ease back to the spot" option or does it do an aggressive dash for the anchor coordinates?
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Old 03-01-2019, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by hjorgan View Post
Question about Rhodan..... I have fished on a Minn Kota boat. The spot lock was great BUT if you hit anchor,, it drifts for 15 to 20 feet then hauls ass back to the anchor spot at max speed! So if you are fishing a shallow flat for spooky fish, this can (and has) shut down the bite. Does Rhodan have an "ease back to the spot" option or does it do an aggressive dash for the anchor coordinates?
Iíve never had my Rhodan go quite that far, then return to the spot. If the current is ripping Iíd say it makes a turn roughly 7ft, but doesnít go full bore back to the anchor.
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Old 03-01-2019, 05:03 PM
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My boat (27í Sea Hunt) at shop now having Rhodan 84Ē 120 lb installed. Thread below has lots of good info, along with some videos. Helped me decide. Hope itís ready next week.

Going Rhodan!

I also found this video of Judge cc using a Rhodan
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:00 PM
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My Gen 1 MinnKota Terrova was great, and my Gen 2 Terrova 24V setup is even better! Holds the spot great, I can remain pretty stationary with the prop coming out of the water in waves! It's on a 19' aluminum boat.

By the way, I haven't seen Rhodans offered in Colorado, so I cannot compare the two brands.

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Old 03-01-2019, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by swaptrex View Post

Iíve never had my Rhodan go quite that far, then return to the spot. If the current is ripping Iíd say it makes a turn roughly 7ft, but doesnít go full bore back to the anchor.
Thank you. I'm trying to get one on order this week.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by gumpire View Post
You know with minn Kota you have to mount and wire a separate gps puck?

i changed over to Rhodan for the puck reason and they are in Sarasota for service...

they are otherwise both pretty comparable, and would look ar service repair shop accessibility

Incorrect. The GPS receiver is built into the head of the motor. There is no ďpuckĒ. At least not on mine.
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Old 03-02-2019, 04:41 AM
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Originally Posted by gumpire View Post
You know with minn Kota you have to mount and wire a separate gps puck?

i changed over to Rhodan for the puck reason and they are in Sarasota for service...

they are otherwise both pretty comparable, and would look ar service repair shop accessibility
Originally Posted by 7hetexsun View Post
Incorrect. The GPS receiver is built into the head of the motor. There is no “puck”. At least not on mine.
Correct 7het... The "gps puck" as gumpire calls it, is the heading sensor and is used for the jog feature. It has a compass in it, but no GPS. The motor will spot-lock just fine without it, you just can't jog without it. The only wires are for power.


Originally Posted by Pipeliner345 View Post
Who has the better spot lock of the two.
my old riptides spot lock is a joke at best.

As for the OP's original question, I think you'll find that for the MOST PART, people will respond that what they have is either "best", "works great", "no problems after XX years of use", etc. Buy what you want, can afford, or can get. Rhodans can be hard to find, but really nice motors (this coming from an Ulterra guy, me).
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