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12/13/19 @ 7:03 AM
ol sarge
ol sarge
User since 3/8/04

I have finally decided to pull the trigger on an I pilot. The feature I most need is the spot lock. Any suggestions? I really like the remote so is there any need for a foot controller? Also, how would you mount it to the bow of my boat? Thanks for the help.


12/30/19 @ 7:47 AM
User since 7/20/09

That reminds me a lot of an old boat I once had.  I had a trolling motor on the front of it too.  What I did was build a little compartment/deck.  Wasn't really enough to stand on, it was more like a box the shape of the front of the boat that I could put a door on the side of and use for dry storage.  I used 3/4" marine plywood to build it, put carpet over it.  Screwed from the outside of the boat into the wood to mount it in place.

12/21/19 @ 3:42 PM
User since 3/26/15

You will love the anchor feature. 

12/21/19 @ 7:38 AM
Grey Beard
User since 1/27/02

If you go with 12V do yourself a favor and get a size 31 battery. There are days with wind and/or current and the fish are biting and running out of juice is frustrating. The 31 can give you a couple of extra hours of fishing time vs size 27.

I have the 24V Terrova on my 16' Lund with a pair of 31s and I run out of steam way before the batteries!

Grey Beard 

12/20/19 @ 8:35 AM
User since 2/2/05

I had a similar set up.  the terrova lined up perfectly to mount to rails of the boat.  got lucky I guess.

12/16/19 @ 12:11 PM
Tim Zwieg
User since 1/10/12

Terrova is an awesome unit.  I believe it comes with the foot pedal and remote.  My pedal is stashed in a compartment, and has been used once or twice over a couple of years.  It's nice to have just in case.

12/14/19 @ 12:33 AM
User since 12/26/10

Get the Terrova,you won't regret it.It's nice having the foot pedal just in case.Stash it somewhere in the boat,and if something happens to remote you're covered.

Any fab shop can make you a new bow cap for mounting.

12/13/19 @ 6:23 PM
User since 10/22/13

Yup I agree get a new boat.

12/13/19 @ 12:07 PM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

1/4" diamond plate will flex every time you're on and off the power without being supported, no question about it.

I mounted one for a guy on the front of an older Starcraft that he said the carpeted 1/2" plywood would be plenty. He banged his fist on it and said "it's plenty solid". Guess what, after the first weekend I was reworking it for extra support because it was rocking and twisting when on and off the power.

12/13/19 @ 11:52 AM
Fishn Jimmy
Fishn Jimmy
MEMBER since 7/21/01

Ol sarge.. 

your adding a trolling motor with the I-pilot add on... GREAT choice..

the 12V power drive I-pilot will have 2 options for control.. either the foot control OR the remote not both at the same time.. IF you want both then you need to go to a Terrova they do have a 12V option model so both controls would be available.

Depending on your style of fishing would determine which one would be best for you. I have a Terrova   when trolling I love the hand held remote for cruise control option. When casting shorelines and weed edges the foot control is best for me as I don't constantly need to drop a hand to control the trolling motor.

Spot lock is a GREAT  accessory to the trolling motor and can be accessed with either controller 

For the extra buck a Terrova is the best value in my opinion.

The aluminum checker plate add will be plenty good for the mounting.

GOOD LUCK... you will love it.


12/13/19 @ 10:59 AM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

I agree, building that out with plywood or even better 3/4" marine Starboard wouldn't be to hard at all. I don't think diamond plate itself will work unless very thick. Mount a battery box up on the floor and your good to go. 

12v 55# Terrova I-Pilot would seem to fit you well. Shaft length is hard to tell from the picture but 54" would be safe.

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