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Better spot lock. Rhodan vs new minn-kota

Old 02-25-2019, 06:06 AM
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Default Better spot lock. Rhodan vs new minn-kota

Who has the better spot lock of the two.
my old riptides spot lock is a joke at best.
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:10 AM
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No experience with Rhodan, but our 2018 Ulterra is spot-on. Quick response to wind and current; our boat and baits stay put.
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:22 AM
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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.

My riptide ulterra struggles in light wind or current. It constantly over runs the spot, then spends the next few minutes over correcting itself. It does well in moderate wind or current. In fairness, itís on a 25í Bluewater. Itís likely much bigger and heavier than it was intended for. It also gets a ďglitchĒ once in a while and wonít auto deploy. Even worse is when it wonít auto stow. The only way to do this manually is to remove the side plate screws. Not fun to do on the water.
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:27 AM
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I've been happy with my Rhodan in a few trips with it. 29 Regulator so the longer (I believe this is still the case) shaft of the Rhodan made the decision for me. I've fished it in the Chesapeake in 1 kt current and it was perfect. Fished in in the ocean in lighter current but wind cutting the opposite direction. Held very tight but worked a little bit given the competing forces. Small chop was a non-issue. Got a beep here and there and just told it to stop and then reset the anchor. Anyway, beat the hell out of anchoring tight on the wreck...
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Old 02-25-2019, 08:01 AM
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Rhodan, from my experience.....
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Old 02-25-2019, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by 7hetexsun View Post



My riptide ulterra struggles in light wind or current. It constantly over runs the spot, then spends the next few minutes over correcting itself. It does well in moderate wind or current. In fairness, itís on a 25í Bluewater. Itís likely much bigger and heavier than it was intended for. It also gets a ďglitchĒ once in a while and wonít auto deploy. Even worse is when it wonít auto stow. The only way to do this manually is to remove the side plate screws. Not fun to do on the water.
Got any pictures of your install on the bluewater?
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Rhodan on a Calcutta cat. love it. owned it for 3 years and would never change to another brand. spot lock works as advertised.
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Old 02-25-2019, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by clamc View Post
Got any pictures of your install on the bluewater?

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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Yeah it is a little tough to see how its mounted. Would appreciate some better photos if you get a chance.
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:20 PM
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My minn-kota has been flawless for 7 years .but ......the spot lock.....or what i consider should be spot lock ........and what they advertised at the time is totally useless. You couldn't stay on a submerged object if your life depended on it. I have heard ........and read they have addressed this in the newer models .but i would have to see it first. I'm interested in the rhodan because i have heard the spot lock on it is better but i'm still seeking more real world replies.
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So....does the MotorGuide not get included in this conversation...their Xi-5?
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The spot lock v 2.0 is what the new Ulterras have now. It is spot on and does great. Version prior was not impressive, I am guessing a lot of comments above are based on the old version. Yes...I have had both.
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by BlueShamu View Post
So....does the MotorGuide not get included in this conversation...their Xi-5?
i suppose so. I don't know anything about them. I have read that their version is mediocre but i don't know. Have you experienced their spot lock version? Id like to hear about that.
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Originally Posted by BlueShamu View Post
So....does the MotorGuide not get included in this conversation...their Xi-5?
not bad!

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I've owned the first generation Minn-kota with spot-lock, the Motorguide Xi5, and the latest Minn-Kota 36V Terrova with spot-lock. The new Terrova is hands-down the best so far. Holds a spot lock within 3' of the orginal spot in current up to 5 knots on a 27' CC.

The first gen Minn-kota riptide did OK, but the mother board got fried and cost over 200 to fix. The Motorguide Xi5 spot lock feature was inconsistent, sometimes it would hunt around for the spot after hitting the button and sometimes is would drift off the spot. It also corroded really bad within 1 year of use in saltwater.
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Originally Posted by Pipeliner345 View Post
i suppose so. I don't know anything about them. I have read that their version is mediocre but i don't know. Have you experienced their spot lock version? Id like to hear about that.
I bought one a couple weeks ago. Still waiting on my boat to get built so I can find out! LOL

*edit* Besides the great deal...it’s supposed to interface with the Lowrance chart plotter that I bought....also to be put in the boat that has not been built!

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Another consideration is the mammoth remote for the Minn-kota which many people have stopped using in lieu of an aftermarket that is similar to the Rhodan. Rhodan has very good customer service as well. And, many guys can use the 24V 80lb model instead of having to use the 36V model due to 3 blade design and higher max power.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/minn-...gaApI5EALw_wcB
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Originally Posted by BlueShamu View Post


I bought one a couple weeks ago. Still waiting on my boat to get built so I can find out! LOL

*edit* Besides the great deal...itís supposed to interface with the Lowrance chart plotter that I bought....also to be put in the boat that has not been built!
well git'er built!!!🤣
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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.
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If you want or need auto deploy then MK is the only show in town and since their gen2 spotlock has been such an improvement it's worth a strong look. If auto deploy is not needed then I'd look very hard at the Rhodan.
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