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Frankie Bags

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New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« on: Aug 13, 2019, 07:29 PM »
I like the idea of having brushless trolling motors. I wish they had the option to purchase without the built in transducer. Your paying for a lot for something you canít use unless you have a compatible sonar unit. Iím sure thatís the idea.  Still amazing motors.
 

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #1 on: Aug 14, 2019, 06:02 AM »
its about time minnkota and motorguide get competition.  the last 2 minns I bought both had problems and had to go back in.  maybe this will make them get serious about quality again.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #2 on: Aug 14, 2019, 07:59 AM »
Totally agree. I hear a lot about MK's newer motors having issues. This is sweet and good timing for me, but I am pretty sure they are going to target the bass fishing market first as I'm sure it's the bread and butter. I will be buying a system this coming spring for use on my coldwater trolling boat as an autopilot in conjunction with my gas kicker, and brushless would be great if it increases efficiency. Hoping they make some auto deploy models like the MK Ulterra which has been leading the pack for me. I'd like to have a Lowrance option and a Garmin is very interesting.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #3 on: Aug 14, 2019, 08:15 AM »
Totally agree. I hear a lot about MK's newer motors having issues. This is sweet and good timing for me, but I am pretty sure they are going to target the bass fishing market first as I'm sure it's the bread and butter. I will be buying a system this coming spring for use on my coldwater trolling boat as an autopilot in conjunction with my gas kicker, and brushless would be great if it increases efficiency. Hoping they make some auto deploy models like the MK Ulterra which has been leading the pack for me. I'd like to have a Lowrance option.


The Ultera is where they have had the majority of their problems Geoff.
That auto deploy/stow feature goes to crap and you then have a unit you cannot pull out of the water for the ride back into the dock.
If you get one, be sure to mount it on a quick release mount system.  Just in case.

Getting older, hauling up the 24VDC Terrova I have in rough seas is a scary deal.
A 36VDC unit would be even more fun.
I would love an auto deploy/stow Ultera, but not currently.

However, my Terova is an older unit.
The new ones have a lift assist device that helps with the weight of the unit.
Still, standing up front on the bow in 3-4' seas pulling up that motor with my 63 year old legs is scary.

I remember fishing with my dad when I was in my early 30's and watching him struggle walking around my 25' boat in relatively calm 1-2' waves.
He swore about it commenting, "I spent years in the Navy in all that rough water and I can't walk around here in this stuff to save my a$$".
Now I know what he spoke about.
Older and more feeble.
And he was the guy I inherited the neuropathy from too.

In any event, I wish they could get the problems sorted out on the Ultera.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #4 on: Aug 14, 2019, 08:45 AM »
I don't see how a quick release mount would help if the auto deploy/stow failed since the quick release plates (I have them on both my PowerDrive units currently) need to slide inboard. They have a stop that prevents the quick release from going outboard. So if it fails while deployed and it can't stow or move up manually I don't think you can remove the motor with the QR plate. And I was worried about that, so back to the top of the list goes the Terrova.


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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #5 on: Aug 14, 2019, 10:38 AM »
Thats why I like my Riptide quick release.  Its just a square the troller sits on rather than a slide!  Granted I dont have to worry about auto deploy and stow.  That's too fancy for me.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #6 on: Aug 14, 2019, 10:53 AM »
I don't see how a quick release mount would help if the auto deploy/stow failed since the quick release plates (I have them on both my PowerDrive units currently) need to slide inboard. They have a stop that prevents the quick release from going outboard. So if it fails while deployed and it can't stow or move up manually I don't think you can remove the motor with the QR plate. And I was worried about that, so back to the top of the list goes the Terrova.

Youíre right Geoff.
It does slide aft.

Jethro

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #7 on: Aug 14, 2019, 11:58 AM »
Thats why I like my Riptide quick release.  Its just a square the troller sits on rather than a slide!  Granted I dont have to worry about auto deploy and stow.  That's too fancy for me.

That does seem better. It's kind of unwieldy to put the motor on my Sylvan when it's on the trailer and I'm on the ground. Little easier to do from inside the boat though.

The more I look the more excited I am about the Garmin system. I have both HB and Lowrance graphs right now and to be honest I'm not completely pleased with either one. I would be more than happy to move to another brand.

Does anyone know how the mapping software is with Garmin? I know they are leaders in GPS and maps, but bathemetry may be different. I want the best bathymetric charts out there. I know with GPS's the Garmins use a different vector file for maps than HB and Lowrance. I am sure that is by design. I don't think that Navionics works with Garmin but I may be wrong.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #8 on: Aug 14, 2019, 02:23 PM »
The mapping on my panoptix is good.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #9 on: Aug 15, 2019, 08:13 AM »
The lift assist on the Terrova does work very well. One thing about electronics theses days, it's constantly changing. If you don't like something that's offered today, pause, and they'll have something different tomorrow.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #10 on: Aug 15, 2019, 08:24 AM »
The mapping on my panoptix is good.

Was it included or do you buy maps separately? And what head unit did you get for the Panoptix? If you don't mind me asking.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #11 on: Aug 15, 2019, 11:23 AM »
$3000?? No thanks. I have less than that in my boat with an i-pilot. Besides remote failure I haven't had any issues.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #12 on: Aug 17, 2019, 07:08 PM »
Was it included or do you buy maps separately? And what head unit did you get for the Panoptix? If you don't mind me asking.

Had them included. I think its a 93cv plus...something like that.  9" touch screen.

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Re: New Lowrance and Garmin trolling motors
« Reply #13 on: Sep 04, 2019, 08:57 PM »
That does seem better. It's kind of unwieldy to put the motor on my Sylvan when it's on the trailer and I'm on the ground. Little easier to do from inside the boat though.

The more I look the more excited I am about the Garmin system. I have both HB and Lowrance graphs right now and to be honest I'm not completely pleased with either one. I would be more than happy to move to another brand.

Does anyone know how the mapping software is with Garmin? I know they are leaders in GPS and maps, but bathemetry may be different. I want the best bathymetric charts out there. I know with GPS's the Garmins use a different vector file for maps than HB and Lowrance. I am sure that is by design. I don't think that Navionics works with Garmin but I may be wrong.
Navionics merged with Garmin, Go on Navionics home page to learn more. You can upload new maps on older units.

 



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