Looking to upgrade my trolling motor. Curious what people recommend or have experience with. I want spot lock for sure and auto deploy would be nice also. Can I get spot lock without having ipilot?
They aren't, cheap but i got a Minn Kota Ulterra this year and so far love it,its more of a trolling motor for old men
Calibration is orienting the puck (compass) as to where the front of the boat is. Spot lock works off the GPS but the puck allows for knowing which way the boats is pointing for the jog forward, backward functions. I have a new Terrova and Spot Lock is dead on, never use the anchor anymore. I leave my trolling motor down when trolling and use it for keeping the boat going in one direction, I can sit back and relax while the trolling motor steers the boat. Terrova also has the built in spring to assist with lifting the motor out of the water.
Beware of the older Minn Kota's without the puck, spot lock is not as accurate.
If you are looking for a no-nonsense trolling motor,I would get the Terrova.i-pilot is MK's system which is also spot-lock.If you feel braver and don't mind extra maintenance,go with Ulterra.Most of the problems with auto stow/deploy are user-inflicted,like letting gunk build-up on shaft/lift belt,improper belt adjusment or voltage drop.
MG Xi5 isn't a bad motor,but lack of a display on remote is a deal-breaker to many.Especially those with hearing issues(me).All commands are acknowledged with beeps/musical notes which I have trouble hearing.MK commands are visual on a screen,still amazed that MG still does not have a display.
Yes it's connected with a cord and for the helix you'll need the model with a n at the end like helix 7 mega si g3n the n is for network you can connect to other humminbird fish finders to. You'll need the extra cords to connect the two.
With the terrova with a helix depth finders are they connected with a cable or is it wireless, does it work with a helix 7 or only with 9 or higher ?
The terrova’s do come with the spot lock and uses the puck I just picked mine up on Saturday. I haven’t taken it out yet with all the rain we’ve been having I’ve been reading guys don’t use anchors anymore they hold the boat so well
Will do. I appreciate the input!
I noticed a large improvement in spot lock with the Ulterra compared to the Terrova. The Ulterra has a head unit that "talks" to the satellites, as well as a puck in the rear of the boat. It triangulates better and holds the boat much better than the older spot locks.
I think the new Terrova's have that too, but I'm not sure.
But I do know that when I set up the Ulterra, there was a calibration cycle I had to run on the trolling motor to get it to talk to the back puck best. I did it as asked and that thing is much, much better than my earlier Terrova.
So, if you get one, ask about calibration in regards to spot lock and do what is recommended.
Thanks! I don’t really have a need for linking to my locator to the trolling motor. I mostly am interested in spot lock.