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KINGFISHER
post Dec 26 2012, 12:55 PM
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Hello my friends. It's been a long time since I have posted here, but there's never a better place to get assistance than throught the knowledge of Inshore-Fishing members...ya get the bad, the good, and the ugly, but typically you end up with good advice.
I was thinking aobut my Christmas present to myself and am in need of a new trolling motor.
I have a standard 12V Minn Kota Riptide 55lb thrust motor on my B2.
Frankly, it is just not powerful enough if I am loaded down with gear and a buddy and am faced with a windy day. Worse is the fact that my battery will not last anymaore than half a day fishing on a battery charge.
I fish mostly in the marshes in Louisisiana where poling is not really necessary, so we cover a lot of ground with the trolling motor. Usually after about 6 hours fishing, my battery is dead.
I am considering getting a Minn Kota ST with I-Pilot. Historically, I have been a big fan of the philosophy that less is better, especially in saltwater, but the advantages of this new motor seem tough to ignore.
I would go ahead and bite the bullet and get an 80lb thrust 24 volt (Yes, I realize it would add weight due to 2 batteries) with I-Pilot.
Can anyone give me advice/info on the issues below:


Do these motors hold up? Electrical problems?
If the i-pilot were to go out, are you dead in the water or is there backup mode ie. foot pedal
What battery do you recommend?
What about on board chargers?
How long will 2 batteries on the 24volt system last on a heavy day of fishing in windy conditions?
Any tips on features to include or not include? would probably buy striaght from Bass Pro
Is installation simple if I am already wired with the 12volt system?

I would greatly appreciate your feedback. It's always helpful.

Thanks,


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zamog
post Dec 26 2012, 04:23 PM
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"I would go ahead and bite the bullet and get an 80lb thrust 24 volt (Yes, I realize it would add weight due to 2 batteries) with I-Pilot."

do that , since it seems you dont pole and weight does not matter

also get an onboard charger so you are ready for next day.

minn kota is good
 
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post Dec 26 2012, 04:34 PM
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Well, I'll offer what advice I got......

I've got the regular hand controlled 80lb/24V Riptide.
Had it for almost seven years now = never had a problem with it,
never ran outta ass with it no matter how long I used it, and,
I have a two batt charger mounted underneath my console. Batts
also located under my console (center of boat).
Any idiot should have no problem adding another battery to make
a 24V system (two batts for trolling motor "ONLY", keep one more
for your cranking batt (and gps, lights, vibrator, and any other devices you use).....
(cranking batt charged by motor).
I only use "Interstate" batts but never tried those sealed ones.
I have a couple friends that use I-pilots and they love em, haven't heard
of anyone having one crap out on em yet ........

I drive a Ranger Banshee Extreme and it has always done any/everything I asked of it .....
 
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post Dec 27 2012, 06:58 AM
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Thanks a lot gentlemen. Great feedback and much appreciated.
 
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post Jan 2 2013, 12:11 PM
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I LOOOOOVE our I-Pilot. It makes life so easy from anywhere on the boat. At this point, I can say we will never go back to a regular trolling motor again.


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post Jan 2 2013, 02:58 PM
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QUOTE (FishyGirl @ Jan 2 2013, 01:11 PM) *
I LOOOOOVE our I-Pilot. It makes life so easy from anywhere on the boat. At this point, I can say we will never go back to a regular trolling motor again.



Robin... you live!! Happy new year!! Thanks for dropping in.
 
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post Jan 3 2013, 09:45 AM
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That's the post I needed to see Mam. That's my thought. It just looks to good to not have it. Should be able to better focus on fishing and not positioning.
Hate those windy days down in Louisiana. This could make it tolerable.
Thanks again.
 
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post Jan 3 2013, 10:01 AM
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BTW, one more question. should I buy the standard ST and install the i-pilot myself or just order already installed.
The reason I ask is what do you do if something goes wrong on the water and you wanted to switch back to a manual mode to salvage the trip.
Is there a way to do that? perhaps the footpedal is the backup? just not sure.

Thanks,
 
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post Jan 3 2013, 10:21 AM
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QUOTE (KINGFISHER @ Jan 3 2013, 10:45 AM) *
That's the post I needed to see Mam. That's my thought. It just looks to good to not have it. Should be able to better focus on fishing and not positioning.
Hate those windy days down in Louisiana. This could make it tolerable.
Thanks again.


Where are you??


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post Jan 3 2013, 10:34 AM
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QUOTE (Rayzor @ Jan 3 2013, 11:21 AM) *
Where are you??

Gainesville, GA
 
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post Jan 3 2013, 10:41 AM
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So when you said, "down in Louisiana" that meant that you bring your own boat down to Louisiana.
Where in Louisiana?


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post Jan 4 2013, 07:34 AM
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Yes, Jean Lafitte. Where are you from Rayzor?
 
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post Jan 4 2013, 08:38 AM
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Where I am is southeast of New Orleans, just NW of Venice.
We just call where you go Lafitte.


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post Jan 4 2013, 10:34 AM
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Yep that's it.
I thought you were a ML guy?
do you have an IPilot?
 
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post Jan 4 2013, 09:03 PM
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You haven't been here in a while.
I manage one of the top-5 fishing (and hunting), lodges in north america (Sport Fishing Magazine)
1/3 of our 20 guides have iPilots.
FOR HERE, it's as good as the twin PowerPole.


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post Feb 4 2013, 12:09 PM
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1 point to remember about the I-pilot. Keep an extra battery for the remote on hand at all times. When they go, they go quick.


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