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Title: Ulterra
Post by: swnoel on Jun 27, 2021, 06:53 AM
Finally got a chance to fool around with my new Minn Kota Ulterra... this thing is amazing! It's everything they claim it is. While it maybe expensive I don't regret buying it. Spot lock is amazing... auto pilot is amazing. I can actually fish now without worrying were the boat is headed. There is no doubt I couldn't fish without it now.
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: fishogger on Jun 27, 2021, 07:14 AM
but how did you fish before? lol
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: swnoel on Jun 27, 2021, 07:36 AM
I fished without it...  ;)
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 27, 2021, 07:44 AM

 Spot lock is a great tool and I also use mine for trolling , my terova is now 11.5 years old and Iíve never regretted purchasing it ,
 
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: gotagetm on Jun 27, 2021, 07:52 AM
My terova is great especially when I'm out by myself trolling
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: Jethro on Jun 27, 2021, 10:28 AM
Have you had the berries to solo launch it without a rope yet like the commercial? I used mine for a good 3 months before I did the unmanned launch! And I made sure no one was around in case it didn't deploy and I had to swim for it! Now I'm so confident with it I'll launch it anywhere with the remote. And if the dock is too busy with no place to tie up I can just let it drift off and spot lock it. It's easier than getting the ropes out! I've even used it to load my boat on the trailer. Just send it good and fast and make sure to stow at just the right time.

Do you have a Humminbird head unit networked with it? I got a Helix 9 without imaging just to map and control the motor. With the LakeVu and Coastmaster maps you can "Follow the contour" which I find incredible for trolling both fresh and salt.

I hate to admit a piece of equipment is responsible for me being a better fisherman, but this motor really is. I can troll and set downriggers instead of drive. I actually fish more because it's less work/stress. On the salt, I can fish deepwater groundfish using less weight, because the spotlock is so accurate. I can move a set up on a new spot easier, there is no throwing or setting an anchor, and with the Ulterra there isn't even leaving the helm. Yes, I'm a bit enamored with mine!

Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: swnoel on Jun 27, 2021, 07:52 PM
Have you had the berries to solo launch it without a rope yet like the commercial? I used mine for a good 3 months before I did the unmanned launch! And I made sure no one was around in case it didn't deploy and I had to swim for it! Now I'm so confident with it I'll launch it anywhere with the remote. And if the dock is too busy with no place to tie up I can just let it drift off and spot lock it. It's easier than getting the ropes out! I've even used it to load my boat on the trailer. Just send it good and fast and make sure to stow at just the right time.

Do you have a Humminbird head unit networked with it? I got a Helix 9 without imaging just to map and control the motor. With the LakeVu and Coastmaster maps you can "Follow the contour" which I find incredible for trolling both fresh and salt.

I hate to admit a piece of equipment is responsible for me being a better fisherman, but this motor really is. I can troll and set downriggers instead of drive. I actually fish more because it's less work/stress. On the salt, I can fish deepwater groundfish using less weight, because the spotlock is so accurate. I can move a set up on a new spot easier, there is no throwing or setting an anchor, and with the Ulterra there isn't even leaving the helm. Yes, I'm a bit enamored with mine!

I haven't tried the solo launch because I fish with others. I have a Garmin fishfinder, but have seen the videos with the Humminbird units. The spot lock and auto pilot is all I've tried for now , but will attempt to set some waypoints and tracks during my camp stay. I can only imagine setting back and fishing while the trolling motor does all the work. I did use spot lock the other day waiting for the dock to clear and being checked by the warden when the wind was blowing pretty good.  My son and I sat on a spot for over 2 hours the other day when the wind was blowing pretty good... we never moved!
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 27, 2021, 08:07 PM
Yup
Love mine

Canít wait for the LiFePo2 battery to show up.
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: Jethro on Jun 28, 2021, 08:04 AM
Yup
Love mine

Canít wait for the LiFePo2 battery to show up.

I bought 3 more lead acids >:( I'll try not to abuse these ones and hopefully get more than 14 months of fishing.
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: swnoel on Jun 28, 2021, 09:05 AM
I bought 3 more lead acids >:( I'll try not to abuse these ones and hopefully get more than 14 months of fishing.

They wouldn't work with you on those batteries?
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: cnypanfisher on Jun 28, 2021, 09:21 AM
Maintain those batteries, every trip and over the winter or you will pay. 😉
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 28, 2021, 09:34 AM
I bought 3 more lead acids >:( I'll try not to abuse these ones and hopefully get more than 14 months of fishing.


Iíll have 3 series 31ís in a month or so if you coulda waited.


 8)
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: Jethro on Jun 28, 2021, 12:21 PM
They wouldn't work with you on those batteries?

Nope. I got my $22 core deposit back, that's it. Interstate only warranties to 12 months on LA deep cycles. AGM is better, maybe 2 years.
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: Jethro on Jun 28, 2021, 12:22 PM

Iíll have 3 series 31ís in a month or so if you coulda waited.


 8)

This and next month are kinda critical. I'll be putting some hours on the motor this coming weekend.
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: swnoel on Jun 28, 2021, 12:26 PM
Nope. I got my $22 core deposit back, that's it. Interstate only warranties to 12 months on LA deep cycles. AGM is better, maybe 2 years.

That sucks!
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 28, 2021, 02:03 PM
This and next month are kinda critical. I'll be putting some hours on the motor this coming weekend.

Let me know if you want them when Iím done with them.  Iíll meet you have way.
They wonít have crap for use on them and so far Iíve only drained them down to 1/2 before recharging.
If I had to guess they will only have about 20-25 charges on them.
They are Duracel LA, not AGMís.
So they werenít expensive.
Like only $100 each I think from Samís Club.
Iíll trade you them for a large bottle of Anejo or something.  Iím sure we can work out something.
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: Jethro on Jun 29, 2021, 07:15 AM
That's what I got, Duracell LA at Batteries Plus. They were about $100 each.

Appreciate the offer! The plan however, is to hopefully not torch these batteries and if I can keep these batteries for this year and next I'll be happy. Then hopefully the costs of lithium come down to earth by the time I really need new batteries. I'm not even sure I'll have the same boat in a few years since I am fishing the salt so much more these days.

Course I do live in NH where the cost of liquor is about the lowest in the country, and I am going out to visit my buddy in Canandaigua in a few months...
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 29, 2021, 08:32 AM

Course I do live in NH where the cost of liquor is about the lowest in the country, and I am going out to visit my buddy in Canandaigua in a few months...



Let me know Geoff.
I'm out east in NY frequently for work.
Typically Syracuse and north to Watertown.
I also have guys out there that travel further east past Albany, etc.
It would be a shame for me to simply toss these if you could use them.
I'm sure we can figure something out.
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: fish/hunt4ever on Jun 29, 2021, 06:45 PM
Finally used the record a track on my unit. Drove with the big motor while recording the track and found out the start and end points are critical and straight lines to the end works best I did a circle trying to get as close to the start as possible but you can go either way from start to finish or finish to start and start anywhere on the track so if this makes any sense than hope it helps you out. Love to just hit go to finish and catch fish and not worry about where the boat was headed.
Title: Re: Ulterra
Post by: swnoel on Jun 29, 2021, 08:14 PM
Finally used the record a track on my unit. Drove with the big motor while recording the track and found out the start and end points are critical and straight lines to the end works best I did a circle trying to get as close to the start as possible but you can go either way from start to finish or finish to start and start anywhere on the track so if this makes any sense than hope it helps you out. Love to just hit go to finish and catch fish and not worry about where the boat was headed.

I'm going to set a track up when I get to camp. Glad it works as expected. I too am looking forward to fishing and not having to control the steering.