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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 love the concept of the Riptide Autopilot, remote.
Like a previous review, I had problems.
Deployment/retrieval (I am 6'3" 250 lbs, former football player)
On my third remote. On my third autopilot module. On my second metal frame and it also has rusted out, another on order (I rinse the motor daily). The beeper has been replaced along with a lot of other stuff. The latch failed at speed and the shaft broke, prop broke and did damage to my expensive craft. The motor itself is rusting where the shaft enters and where it stows. Look like ----. It has been in the shop at least 6 times, but who is counting.
The good part. It is still under warranty, this all has happened 18 months into it. The shaft was replaced free of charge, but not the prop or the damage to my boat when the latch failed. Everyone I know has had this happen, such that they use bungees to secure it.
So this is a love hate relationship. Love it when its on the boat working, hate it when I have to drive 100 miles to the shop, pick up when the parts finally get in.
July 16, 2010
At first I didn't know if I was going to like the remote steering, but I have now changed my mind, I love it. Pros: lots of power, long battery life. Cons: a little play in the shaft and steering. That is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5.
March 20, 2010
Great idea poor implementation for fishing
I installed a Minn Kota 70 ft-lb 24 volt motor on my C-skiff and I want to make a few remarks about it.
First the good:
1. This trolling motor generates a lot of power and basically pulls my skiff through all but the thickest grass making it easy for me to get into areas I didn't like to venture in a bass boat.
2. Installation and set-up were easy.
Now the bad (again IMHO)
1. The hand control that comes with the trolling motor works but it's easy to misplace and the idea of attaching it to a fishing rod must have been conceived by some one who never fishes. I simply can't think of any time (saltwater or freshwater) that I use one rod.
2. The idea of remote control from anywhere on the boat is good but it is difficult to tell where the motor is pointed.
3. The foot control (I'm using the corded model) helps a lot but I'm already having problems with mine (the power switch is getting inconsistent -- it seems only one side of it is working now to turn the motor on) and I've only had it since Feb.
4. The electronic steering is way to fast to be practical. I have had multiple times where I have a fish on and I accidently hit the foot pedal causing the boat to go way off course. This was really a pain when I was fighting a big wind to stay off the rocks and catching fish. A little to much pressure of the foot and suddenly the boat is traveling 180 degrees in the wrong direction! Even when your not fighting a fish steering a staight course with the foot pedal is difficult for my size 12 feet!
5. The Deploy-Assist Lever that is designed to take the effort out of deploying the motor doesn't. At best the deployment of this motor (putting it down) is clumsy and bringing it up is even worse. (Next trolling motor I want my hand cord deployment back!)
6. The motor retention latch has failed multiple times, both on the water and off the water. Last time it failed on the water at about 35 mph -- when the motor hit the water the force of the boat ripped off my transducer.
Over all I really like Minn Kota's product line but I think they need to improve the steering and deployment system on the SP. I noticed the freshwater model looks exactly the same (except color) but I assume doesn't have the same corrosion protection.
I just got a Big-Foot hand control from BassPro that I think is going to solve the steering problem, but I can't help but feel that I paid a lot of extra money for an electronic steering system that doesn't suit my style of fishing.
July 21, 2008
Now I've got a Robo-Boat!
The Riptide is a great trolling motor! I've used many others before - including MotorGuide and some others, but some features of the Riptide stand out. The Autopilot feature is great - better than the MotorGuide version - and has very good range. I sometimes get off the boat at a crowded dock and then move the boat away with the little remote. When I'm ready to get back in, just have the boat steer back to you - cool... The internal compass works well also, keeping the boat pointed in the right direction when wind or current changes. Last thing is the plastic staft - I've run up on some things that would have bent a metal shaft (my boat needs a 60" shaft length so weight is also an issue) the plastic shaft bows, but does not permanently bend and doesn't break. One hint - make sure you have BIG stainless washers on the backing side of the mount - these things can put at lot of stress on the bolts and mount.
May 15, 2008
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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