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Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? #13260417 08/26/19 06:43 PM
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Fishing Travis today and did pretty well with numbers, but the wind was kicking my butt keeping in one spot. I had Ultrex envy when I saw a guy in my cove stay in one spot with his spot-lock Ultrex.

My boat is a 2004 Skeeter SX190 with a 2004 Vmax 150. She's an old boat with scrapes, scratches, and scars all over the hull, but she's mine. I have 2 HDS9 Gen 3s on it and an HDS 7 Gen 3 as well. I redid the carpeting 3 years back and reupholstered the seats. The motor keeps chugging and I upgraded the TM to a Fortrex 80 when I did the carpet and seats.

Still, it's a 15 year old boat. Putting an Ultrex on it would cost at least 2.5 large. The boat's probably worth 7 or 8k in the condition it's in. Should I pull the trigger on an Ultrex? Would it change my life for the better?

I guess I could take the Ultrex off if and when I sell the old boat and re-install the Fortrex...

Any bad experiences here with Ultrexes?

More questions: I want the spot-lock feature. What else do I need? I'm not planning on upgrading to Humminbird, but I do want to stop fighting the TM all day as I'm not getting any younger.

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Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260438 08/26/19 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by herbsteiner
Fishing Travis today and did pretty well with numbers, but the wind was kicking my butt keeping in one spot. I had Ultrex envy when I saw a guy in my cove stay in one spot with his spot-lock Ultrex.

My boat is a 2004 Skeeter SX190 with a 2004 Vmax 150. She's an old boat with scrapes, scratches, and scars all over the hull, but she's mine. I have 2 HDS9 Gen 3s on it and an HDS 7 Gen 3 as well. I redid the carpeting 3 years back and reupholstered the seats. The motor keeps chugging and I upgraded the TM to a Fortrex 80 when I did the carpet and seats.

Still, it's a 15 year old boat. Putting an Ultrex on it would cost at least 2.5 large. The boat's probably worth 7 or 8k in the condition it's in. Should I pull the trigger on an Ultrex? Would it change my life for the better?

I guess I could take the Ultrex off if and when I sell the old boat and re-install the Fortrex...

Any bad experiences here with Ultrexes?


I bought a boat a few years ago for $2500. I put a $2800 Ultrex on it as soon as they came out. Added $1250 worth of batteries and $4000 worth of electronics.

Sold the boat and bought a larger boat and swapped everything from the older to the newer. Then sold the old boat for $2800.

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Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260441 08/26/19 06:55 PM
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If your boat runs fine and you are comfortable with it then there is no need for a new boat. Bot a lot of technology changes with the hull designs that warranty a new boat for me. I put an Ultrex on a 2007 Skeeter about 2 years ago, and yes, it is absolutely worth it. The boat does everything I want it to, why get new payments just to add an Ultrex?

Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260445 08/26/19 07:00 PM
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tuning into this post , I am also thinking about an Ultrex. Is there things needed like a certain graph to link ? or does ultrex have all it's own built in stuff?

Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260451 08/26/19 07:02 PM
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No doubt, get the Ultrex.


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Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260456 08/26/19 07:09 PM
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I put an Ultrex on my 2010 Nitro which I plan on having for a while, I had to do some minor work to get the foot pedal to fit in the tray, you can also put the foot pedal on the deck seeing how you don't have to stand on it to hold your spot, I replaced the Fortrex and it was an easy switch, if you like your boat and it fishes well, then yes, absolutely do it. You will just need the right wire to connect to your lowrance units.


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Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260457 08/26/19 07:12 PM
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How is an Ultrex less valuable as a tool on an old boat as apposed to a new boat?

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I own one of the first Ultrex that anyone had in my area and I put it on a 2006 Ranger I have had to have the armature replaced a steering cable break and all the steering electronics replaced but I wouldn't take anything for it I'm near 70 and don't wear out near as fast as I use to. with out it..All the work on it was warranted.

Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: Tiltman] #13260503 08/26/19 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Tiltman
tuning into this post , I am also thinking about an Ultrex. Is there things needed like a certain graph to link ? or does ultrex have all it's own built in stuff?

I have Lowrance electronics, Hummingbird has some bonus compatible attributes, but I have stayed with the Lowrance - the built in transducer works with an adapter cable, but the spotlock works just fine which is worth it. And mine is a 2006 as well. I can't live without it.

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Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260518 08/26/19 08:00 PM
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Get the Ultrex and save your Fourtex, they use the same bolt pattern so it is not hard to change the frame out. I put on on my 2003 Champion and so far all is good. I fish alone a lot of the time and it is a lot of help. The spot lock is awesome.

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I have an Ultrex on my little 2003 Ranger. Set it and go fish anywhere on the boat.

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Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260556 08/26/19 08:33 PM
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get the ultrex and keep the old motor if you sell the boat take ultrex off and put the old one back one
also do it immediately don't wait.

Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260580 08/26/19 08:51 PM
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I just put an Ultrex on my boat last month. Worth every penny and I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner!


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Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260594 08/26/19 09:00 PM
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I put a Xi5 on my 1988 Nitro a couple years ago and it was great! Just upgraded to a newer boat and moved the Xi5 to it along with most of my electronics. Spot lock is awesome and linking to graphs is also great! Go for it! I really like the link to the graphs feature, since you already have Lowrance graphs I would go with the Xi5 and link it......and save a lot of $$$$

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Re: Putting a Ultrex on an older boat? [Re: herbsteiner] #13260608 08/26/19 09:09 PM
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I put an Ultrex on my 2000 Skeeter around 1.5 years ago. It seemed to work just the same as it would have it if was on a $70K 2018 boat. Don't know that I'll sell the boat any time soon, but if I did and someone didn't want it, I'd just take it off and move it to the next one.


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