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#4670438 - 03/29/10 12:37 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: trlrman]
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Registered: 07/20/09
Posts: 112
Good Report I have mine on order should be in mid April.

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#4670466 - 03/29/10 12:45 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: bill davis]
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Registered: 02/04/08
Posts: 3942
Loc: Waco
I am interested in getting one. Thanks for the report.
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#4673531 - 03/30/10 06:40 AM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: Fish Hauler's Guide Service]
Bobcat1 Offline
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Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 15832
Loc: Sanger,Texas
Terrova I-Pilot. First day on the water was yesterday. The resaon I bought this unit was the spot lock feature. It is better than I thought. It is simply amazing to watch it work. It took a little getting use to on the foot control but after and hour or so I was good with it. The only thing I don't like is if you are fishing and my big foot lands on the control button and off you go. LOL The remote is simple to use. Polarized glasses make the screen look funny. This is going to be an awesome tool the more I get used to how it works.
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#4673627 - 03/30/10 07:22 AM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: Bobcat1]
Sabot Offline
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Registered: 10/04/05
Posts: 1530
Loc: Pflugerville, TX
At night I have hit the rabbit button by mistake. It was a hoot when all the sudden the boat takes off. Maybe on the next update to the iPilot line, will Minn Kota add backlighting for us whom fish in low light conditions... wink

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#4778744 - 04/25/10 12:24 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: Sabot]
Karl J.S. Offline
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Registered: 05/07/05
Posts: 1306
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Just got my 80#lb fact. installed Ipilot Terrova this week. Got it mounted and tested it Fri. and Sat. This thing is awsome!!!! I could do what I want in the 25+ winds all day. Worked it hard for 4 hours and still had 75% batt. left. Only had two problems which are easily corrected.

1. Cruise control could not react quick enough to sudden gust while trying to stay on track. Since I do not fish in 25+ winds that often not a big deal. Plus I could just set it on a constant speed.

2. Dog kept hitting the foot control buttons taking the spot lock off. To correct I just threw the dog off the boat. rolfmao Actually, I just disconected the foot control and used the remote. It is much easier than I thought it would be. Fished all day with just the remote. I envision only wanting the foot control when fishing docks or space where I need to keep hands free but maintain control.

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#5459502 - 10/28/10 01:25 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: Karl J.S.]
Ron McCormack Offline
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Registered: 08/21/04
Posts: 4
Loc: Emory, Tx
Have the Terrova i-pilot, 60" shaft. I have liked so far. The spot lock is what I like best about it. Really allows you to concentrate on fishing instead of controlling the boat. I have ran hand control motors for years and swore I would never own another foot control after having cables break. The electric foot control is a lot better. I actually use the remote more than the foot pedal. So far I have no concernable negatives. If it is durable and dependable down the line I see me loving it.
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#5460639 - 10/28/10 05:57 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: HardHook]
Ron McCormack Offline
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Registered: 08/21/04
Posts: 4
Loc: Emory, Tx
Try the MKA-21 quick release mount. Might be able to mount with this
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#5461285 - 10/28/10 09:13 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: Ron McCormack]
philbones Offline
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Registered: 05/13/10
Posts: 53
I plan on buying the Terrova 80lb w 54" shaft and i-pilot next week. Im so excited! haha!

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#5463153 - 10/29/10 11:21 AM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: philbones]
jj08007 Offline
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Registered: 10/14/10
Posts: 15
I am stuck in between the Terrova and the PD myself. As one reply stated trouble or not being able to properly mount it.

Has anyone put one on a 96' Nitro, or roughly the same year? I hate to have my Winter project go south.


Edited by jj08007 (10/29/10 11:26 AM)

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#5463974 - 10/29/10 02:43 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: jj08007]
philbones Offline
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Registered: 05/13/10
Posts: 53
Can someone measure the area required to mount the TM to the deck?

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#5464089 - 10/29/10 03:09 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: philbones]
TxJole Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/17/09
Posts: 1643
Loc: Cedar Creek all weekend
I just had that info on my desk and threw it away. I called Minn Kota and ask for the foot print. Its small compaired to others. They can give you the whole plate size and the amount needed to over hang.
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#5493028 - 11/07/10 05:56 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: TxJole]
philbones Offline
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Registered: 05/13/10
Posts: 53
Well I received my Terrova w/ I-piolt Friday and installed it Saturday morning. Fished Saturday afternoon and all day today. All I can say is I should have bought the Terrova before I bought the boat. This thing is so amazing. The only thing I dislike is the way it mounts on the boat where 6" is sticking over the front at all times. Thats a small price to pay though for such a wonderful piece of equipment.

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#5929794 - 03/07/11 08:38 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: philbones]
jig jerker Offline
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Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 24
Loc: Granbury, tx
The good,bad,and ugly from a bass fishermans perspective:
The Good: I-pilot is awsome,spot lock works great for fishing points,or when you are re-tying, or want to take a break to get a drink in the wind and stay where you left off.
cruise control works great to keep you going in a straight line with nothing to do on your part except speed control to your liking.
These features really take the constant work out of operating the motor and gives you alot more fishing concentration time.
The Bad:The motor response time is slower than a cable foot control unit or a hand control. This seems to be more of a problem in murky water where you have limited time to react to stumps and other underwater obstructions.
The Ugly:Because of it's deploy design it must hang off the front of the boat alot further than other motor designs therefore making it very easy to damage.

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#5931382 - 03/08/11 09:33 AM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: jig jerker]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/04/04
Posts: 2587
Loc: East Texas
Its a tremendous system, IMO. Depending on how you fish, can be the most useful piece of electronics on your boat.


I'm looking forward to the near future when hopefully the big sonar/down scan/GPS providers will integrate their technology with that of the I-Pilot.

Imagine sitting at your console watching structure scan, marking a wp you want to investigate, automatically forwarding that wp to your trolling motor and then hit "go to" and you go to that exact spot nand anchor all automatically and with the trolling motor.

It is entirely within the technology now to do that and hopefully only a matter of time before we begin to see such products. Rumor has it that Lowrance has a signed agreement with MinKota on the I-pilot technology.

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#5933317 - 03/08/11 04:19 PM Re: Minn Kota Terrova I-pilot........My Review [Re: Karl J.S.]
Wirebender Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/29/02
Posts: 609
Loc: San Angelo
For those times that you fish shallow water, does the 60" shaft get in the way of casting, say like skipping docks? I am ordering my new boat in the next couple of days and trying to decided between this and the Fortrex with a 42" shaft. Need input.

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