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Minn Kota®: The world's leading trolling motor!
All Minn Kota Riptide® Saltwater Trolling Motors feature effortless stow and deploy, enhanced CoPilot, master cutoff switch, and optional digitally controlled AutoPilot™ steering. The Riptide SP also features deploy lever assist, CoPilot Wireless Remote System, digital electronics, optional SP Corded foot control pedal, and optional SP wireless foot pedal (sold separately). Deploy-Assist Lever
Deploy-assist design takes the effort out of deploying the motor. Co-Pilot Wireless Remote System
Control speed, steering, and on/off controls from anywhere on the boat. Optional corded or wireless foot pedals sold separately. Digital Electronics
Advanced digital microprocessing controls the draw of power at variable speeds for up to five times longer run time on a single charge. AutoPilot Steering
Simply point the motor in the direction you want to travel and activate the AutoPilot, and the patented compass keeps you on course. On selected models only. Saltwater-Engineered
Premium-grade marine alloys are virtually impervious to rust. Metals undergo a rigid multi-step cleaning process before being anodized or coated with a special zinc dichromate armor plating and finished with a TGIC polyester powder-coat paint. Indestructible Composite Shaft
Pound for pound, stronger than stainless steel.Flexes on impact; will not break, kink, or corrode. Guaranteed for life! Fully Encapsulated Electronics
Control boards are fully encapsulated in marine-grade urethane to permanently seal the circuitry from external elements. Sacrificial Anode
Patented, replaceable anode protects metalliccomponents from galvanic corrosion. Two-Year Warranty
All Riptide motors feature a manufacturer's two-year warranty.
Minn Kota Riptide SP Saltwater Trolling Motor Corded Foot Pedal sold separately and can be found through item search for number 1328504
I have a 2012 MAko 17 Pro Skiff. The wife and I do alot of flats fishing. The wife however works the front casting deck...This had been a problem on my other boats, since she loves to forget to stop the trolling motor. So we would run through the fish or ground out.
When we started looking for a trolling motor for our new boat. We both wanted to keep the front casting deck a clear as possible. No more foot controls and its cables to jack with was our goal. We looked at the hand controlled bow mount trolling motors, and discussed her driving. Then I showed her the remote controlled motor. In a heart beat she was willing to let me fork out the extra $400.00 to keep us fishing in peace.
So, now I control the trolling motor with a little hand switch on a lanyard. Don't need to yell at the wife for her lack of trolling motor skills.
This motor has plenty of power, I have the 55lb thrust 12 volt. I've had 4 people in the boat. In 1 1/2' chop going into a 15 knot wind and still make great time. The controller/motor is real responsive. I have no complaints after 6 uses.
The stowing problem others have mentioned isn't a problem. My wife deploys and stores the motor 90% of the time. It is a little tight to get in and out of the cradle. But I think thats a great thing. I don't want the motor deploting when I'm running full out.
I also added the trolling motor mount where you can take it off the boat when not in use. I'm in a heavy saltwater enviornment. Being able to store this investment inside and out of the elements should extend its life. As well as remedy some of the problems others listed concerning corrosion and electronics going out.
May 29, 2012
don't buy this product
Worst buy I have ever made. Too many moving parts to break. Broke the shaft within the first three weeks of owning the product on a stump at powerlevel #5 (#10 is max) on the foot control. Took another three weeks to get the replacement shaft. Shortly thereafter the effortless stow and deploy fell apart in stages. After 18 mos of owning it and three "indestructable" shafts later (and out of warranty) I had to start mickeymousing the stow and deploy system because I got sick of waiting for parts leaving my boat not on the water. Can't afford another, so I am stuck with this piece of garbage!!!!
Steering is slow, especially at the end of a tournament and doesn't have enough power to cut through the Florida grass.
Another thing is your cant mount a trolling motor transducer.
May 22, 2012
TERRIBLE ALL AROUND!!!
I bought one of these for a 24 ft Fish Master Bay Boat/225 Suzuki. Only good thing I have to say about it was that it was powerful...otherwise worthless. The deploy mechanism was very hard to use and caused me to utter many a curse word not to mention several near hernias. The digital foot control was worthless also...either turned far to quickly winding the cord around the shaft or was so slow to react when you pushed the switch down that I found myself tap dancing on it (more like stomping it) on many occassions.
October 21, 2010
Good trolling motor
This is a great way to cover alot of area to find the fish! It is also great for when you find them in shallow water. I have an 18.5' boat and it moves it along very nicely. Decent battery life if you don't run full speed alot. Drawback is that in mine the circuit board went out after about 8 months. Though it was under warranty. Thats why it got 4 stars.
October 20, 2010
No you need I-pilot for spot lock. Auto Pilot will go in a straight line based on compass setting. Your boat can get blown off course with Auto-pilot. With the I-pilot comes advanced auto pilot which will not allow you to be blown off course by wind. As soon as you set the direction a serious of GPS spots are recorded along the direction and your boat will travel to those spots.
Well the deploy system is different and the speeds are different. Also one comes with the north button which holds the trolling motor on a certain path. I have used both and both are great trolling motors.
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