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Old 02-28-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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Has anyone had trouble with this or any of the co-pilot motors? I just dropped it off for the 3rd time for the same problem. Control board keeps going bad. L&L Marine has been great about repairing it under warranty, but it will last 3-6 months and then fail again. I've had the boat wiring checked twice and both times it has checked out fine. The Warranty is about to expire and Minn Kota has offered to replace it with a new unit. I'm thinking about going back to a hand control to hopefully have a reliable trolling motor. Any thoughts/comments would be greatly appreciated.

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I've had problems over the years, but take their offer and get a new unit, its warranteed for another 3-years and as they build newer units the older problems are cured.

These units take a beating in a harsh environment, but to date Minnkota has stood behind the problems. The benefit and ease of use goes a long way, i could never go back to using a foot or hand control.
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My hand control 101 riptide has crapped out twice already in 6 months. And I only use it for floundering - most maybe 15 times since new. They don't make them like they used to....

I thought the warranty was 2 not 3 years?
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3 years on shaft 2 years on everything else.
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I just wrote about the same thing on another thread. POS !!! I finally took mine off and bought a motorguide but I messed up and bought another wireless. I don't think the technology is there yet to stand up to saltwater???
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Voltage is a biggie with the remote control trolling motors. If you are not recharging your batteries each time before using them you likely will have some problems. Also, if the trolling motor is not totally disconnected from the electrical source before storage, it will maintain power to the board 24/7; another key reason for failures on these units.

In my opinion, the remote control motors are the greatest thing since...Power Pole, or vice versa. At any rate, these devices give you more time to fish and less time to deal with motors and anchors; but, they are mechanical and subject to failure.
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Voltage is a biggie with the remote control trolling motors. If you are not recharging your batteries each time before using them you likely will have some problems. Also, if the trolling motor is not totally disconnected from the electrical source before storage, it will maintain power to the board 24/7; another key reason for failures on these units.

In my opinion, the remote control motors are the greatest thing since...Power Pole, or vice versa. At any rate, these devices give you more time to fish and less time to deal with motors and anchors; but, they are mechanical and subject to failure.
So you recommend killing all power to the motor every-time your not using it? I use my boat at least once a week year round, so it never get disconnected form the batteries. I also have an on board charger that i plug in immediately after every use. Could this be a problem?
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good answer Mitch, you ready to come run my trolling motor shop
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