Re: iPilot Trolling Motor Reliability
Posted by Dan Blanton on 2018-11-08 16:01:19
in reply to iPilot Trolling Motor Reliability posted by Bob Laskodi on 2018-11-08 13:22:57
My old (two of them) Salt Water Rip Tide motors with auto pilot finally gave it up. The auto pilot compasses have always been a problem and I've replaced several of the compasses in each motor. I had the second motor as a backup when I was guiding. I can still run my motor but not auto pilot. Drives me nuts when the wind is blowing.
I'm ordering a new Minn Kota saltwater Terrova 80-pound, 60-inch shaft with iPilot; spot lock, and Blue tooth. Lots of anglers I know are using it and I'm sure like all things, crap happens. There are not many other choices though and I believe that Minn Kota electric motors are the best available. They are currently out of stock on this motor, the quick-change plate and the micro-fob. Placing my order Sunday when I get home. I'm told that Minn Kota replenishes stock fairly quickly - hope so anyhow.
Bottom line - you will have something go wrong with any hard-used electric motor. Ed Romo at the Hook Line & Sinker in Oakley does a great job of repairing any electric motor if he can get parts. They quick making parts for my old Rip Tides - more than a dozen years old now.
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