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By rdendy - Posted on 16 August 2009

I am shopping for a new troll motor for a 12 volt system. I presently have a Motoguide 43 lb thrust but it's starting to make a lot of noise. Mainly creaking in the platform it sit's on and it's a little under powered on windy days. I have been looking at the Minnkota & Motorguide. I'm looking for reviews from folks who actually own or know someone who has the remote control type. I have been reading reviews on the web but can't decide if it's a good idea or not. I like the remote options but read that it has a slow response. Any advise that would help me make up my mind would be appreciated.

tnjeff's picture

I have a Minnkota Powerdrive with the autopliot and co-pliot,and it works great for me,never had any trouble with it.As for the remote control I love it,I can control my boat from any spot in my boat.I think I saw where Minnkota is comming out with a new product call I-pliot sometimes in september or late fall.

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DTG's picture

Minn Kota is the better of the two in my opinion. The remore control part I wouldnt have. Some people love them but if you get in the predicament that i can get in, the four poles hung and wind picks up 10 mph at once, it is your worst enemy.

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MississippiSlab's picture

I agree 100 percent with DTG. Friend had one and hated it. Very cumbersome getting it in and out of the water also. Dendy i would go with either ,motor guide or minnkota, both are good but just go with the cable steer. Just my opinion. Also if you do alot of trolling I would look into wiring the boat for 24 volt. The 24 V trolling motors have a true variable speed that is priceless when it comes to trolling. I have 24 volt MG on my ranger that is not true variable but when it quits i am definately going to the true variable speed.

rdendy's picture

Thanks all for the reply's. I am leaning more toward the Minnkota. Had a foot control 55 lb on my last boat and was satisfied with it's performance.My boat is already wired for 24 volt but there is only room for 1 battery besides the cranking battery. They say you can fit 2 but I haven't accomplished it yet. I'll research smaller dimension batteries. My concern was for the remote type. But from what I've read on reviews and what you're saying I'll stay away from them.

DTG's picture

Thats safe. I like my 24 volt system, it may not be a option for you but i like the Minn Kota. To me the power button on the left side is much easier to use than on right.

FISH ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Simpson Jigs
Phillips 66
Oxygenator/U2 Pro Formula

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