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Spot lock trolling motor #13779697 11/21/20 04:40 PM
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Im wanting to get a trolling motor with spotlock. If I dont plan to use any other feature of the trolling motor would it be just as good to go with a terrova instead of an ultrex? I'm just looking for a good spot lock anchor and basic cruising the banks with a trolling motor.

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Re: Spot lock trolling motor [Re: Anthonysince94] #13779702 11/21/20 04:43 PM
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I installed a terrova last year and I love it. It does everything I need and works really well to lock on even during a major blow. It does have a tendency to “strangle itself” by rotating too far of the water is calm, but the autopilot and everything else are awesome. Very glad I went with it.


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Terrova is a pain in the butt to deploy and stow, IMO


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ultrex has a cable\electric steer


The other two have all electric, they are terrible to use in my opinion I would absolutely get on a boat and use one and see if you can get used to the electric its very touchy.

Re: Spot lock trolling motor [Re: Anthonysince94] #13779726 11/21/20 05:17 PM
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Terrova and get the foot pedal also. https://mk.factoryoutletstore.com/cat/20841/Minn-Kota-Terrova-Series-Trolling-Motors.html

This MinnKota store runs some pretty good sales. Get on the mailing list.


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Originally Posted by Douglas J
Terrova is a pain in the butt to deploy and stow, IMO


I found it a lot easier than Motor Guide


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Re: Spot lock trolling motor [Re: Anthonysince94] #13779774 11/21/20 06:12 PM
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I had a Terrova and now an Ulterra only because of the auto-deploy / stow. I had the first edition Terrova and got a little tough for me to deploy and stow due to a bad back. The newer Terrova's aren't as difficult. If something happened to my Ulterra, I'd probably go back to the Terrova. The Ulterra has too many moving parts and can get locked up if you're not careful.

Spot lock on both work well, especially with wind. Unit(s) tend to get confused and do a lot of correcting in calmer water.

I also use the "cruise control" function a lot. If I'm throwing moving baits, I just point the nose of the boat into the wind and "cruise" up the bank or grass line at whatever speed works best. GPS keeps the boat on the track.

Each unit has many more functions, but I'm old so I keep it simple with the two above.

Electronic steering isn't the devil, it just takes getting used to. Steering works just fine with the remote and I don't even keep the foot pedal on the front deck. I do have it stored, just in case I have remote issues.

I don't know where you live, but if you're close to East Texas, I'd be glad to let you check mine out.


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Originally Posted by GTrigg
I had a Terrova and now an Ulterra only because of the auto-deploy / stow. I had the first edition Terrova and got a little tough for me to deploy and stow due to a bad back. The newer Terrova's aren't as difficult. If something happened to my Ulterra, I'd probably go back to the Terrova. The Ulterra has too many moving parts and can get locked up if you're not careful.

Spot lock on both work well, especially with wind. Unit(s) tend to get confused and do a lot of correcting in calmer water.

I also use the "cruise control" function a lot. If I'm throwing moving baits, I just point the nose of the boat into the wind and "cruise" up the bank or grass line at whatever speed works best. GPS keeps the boat on the track.

Each unit has many more functions, but I'm old so I keep it simple with the two above.

Electronic steering isn't the devil, it just takes getting used to. Steering works just fine with the remote and I don't even keep the foot pedal on the front deck. I do have it stored, just in case I have remote issues.

I don't know where you live, but if you're close to East Texas, I'd be glad to let you check mine out.

I'd love a chance to actually use one. I'm around lake fork if your ever this way. Or I could meet you somewhere.

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I've been running a Motor Guide Xi5 for two years now and it's been flawless. I've modified the foot control with different springs but it's still lacking. I use the fob exclusively and have zero complaints. The MG functions/steers much quieter than the MK which is important to me. That being said, I'm a MG devotee, been running them for nearly 50 years and have never been stranded, wish I could say the same for my forays into MK. Reliability is king in my world.


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Originally Posted by Cmack
I've been running a Motor Guide Xi5 for two years now and it's been flawless. I've modified the foot control with different springs but it's still lacking. I use the fob exclusively and have zero complaints. The MG functions/steers much quieter than the MK which is important to me. That being said, I'm a MG devotee, been running them for nearly 50 years and have never been stranded, wish I could say the same for my forays into MK. Reliability is king in my world.

Does the motor guide require a special mounting bracket?

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I've been running a Motor Guide Xi5 for two years now and it's been flawless. I've modified the foot control with different springs but it's still lacking. I use the fob exclusively and have zero complaints. The MG functions/steers much quieter than the MK which is important to me. That being said, I'm a MG devotee, been running them for nearly 50 years and have never been stranded, wish I could say the same for my forays into MK. Reliability is king in my world.

Does the motor guide require a special mounting bracket?


If you're asking will it fit a Gator mount the answer is no. It has it's own unique mount.


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