Yeah I tend to agree on this one. The next one I buy will probably be manual. The only hesitance I have isn't having to deploy and stow, it's the auto trim. I use my boat a lot up in skinny water and it's really nice not to have to constantly adjust the trim collar on the motor manually. I do like being able to stay on my helm to hold a spot with the main engine while trolling motor is deployed, but again, not worth the price when it breaks... especially since if it fails while deployed you can manage to stow it manually but it's apparently a pretty big deal to fix it at that point. I still will likely replace it with a manual, given the money, sweat, and cursing I have put into the current unit.I would certainly recommend replacing it with a manual model, but when that cost/benefit ratio tips towards replacing the unit is up to you.
LOVE my Rhodan! Super reliable..Easy to use..Key fob the size of a cars to set it..and forget it...MUCH more reliable then any Minnkota...Their Tech support is in Sarasota and SUPER helpful and Fast! I have a 48v 60 Inch Shaft on my 21 Foot Mako.. Works amazingly well! I'm SO Spoiled! lol...I have been using my self deploy Ulterra I-Pilot with no issues for apoex 2 yrs. However, I’ve heard they have problems with a belt breaking. Is it an easy fix and when should I consider replacing it.
Also, any thiughts on replacing it with a Rodan?