We have the Ulterra. We use strictly the remote.
The Foot Control Pedal is on board just in case, but it is not hooked up.
We do love it very much. We also have 6 extra sets of remote batteries on board in a Ziploc.
Will pass along a life lesson piece of advice learned yesterday the "HARD" way.
We have had the Ulterra for over a year and we love it very much.
We know that people will move their boat to go a short distance and sometimes leave the trolling motor down.
Don't do that because you could hit a stump, and I have heard about shafts breaking from the stress.
So, with the Ulterra it was real easy to raise the Ulterra all the way up out of the water by pushing the up arrow on the remote and then running your short distance.
We thought hey by not stowing it and just getting it out of the water we were saving on the wear and tear of constantly stowing and UN-stowing.
Instead we would raise it up and move our short distance and lower it and get back to fishing.
Yesterday we did what we always do and we raised the motor up to make our short run.
Wind was whipping up around 20 knots and a pretty big wave came by.
As the front of the boat dropped from that wave...BAM! The trolling motor fell straight down and went right in the water.
When you have the trolling motor up and out of the water it is being held up by a belt. Yeah..a BELT!
Well when the front of the boat dropped from that big wave the belt snapped like a tooth pick yesterday and hence the trolling motor dropped straight into the water.
To make matters worse it took us a bit to figure out how to manually unlock the trolling motor in order to be able to stow it. We honestly had never had a need.
I recommend learning how to manually unlock and stow the trolling motor should the need arise.
I recommend stowing the trolling motor every time regardless of how short of distance you are moving.
Our mistake cost us the following:
Totally ended our day of fishing yesterday by 10:30am.
Spent 15 minutes trying to figure out how to manually unlock the trolling motor to stow it while being battered in 20 knots of wind and waves.
Planned to be fishing today and we are not.
$39.95 for a new belt (No one in Dallas had the part in stock)
$28 expedited shipping so the part arrives before noon today.
Having to take the trolling motor off the boat
Driving to Ft. Worth as soon as the part comes in today.
Evidently not a single place in the Dallas area that can replace it works on Wednesday (It's their day off)
A drive to Ft. Worth to get the belt replaced today is a necessity.
Once the belt is replaced we get to mount the trolling motor back on the boat.
Hope to be on the water at sun up tomorrow.
Don't be like us.
Sorry for the thread hijack, but thought it I might be able to help some others with our life experiences with a similar trolling motor.