Is the 2nd Gen Terrova really THAT bad?

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Is the 2nd Gen Terrova really THAT bad?

Post by redrum » 26 Oct 2018, 17:36

I really want a trolling motor with spot lock. I want to be able to hit the anchor button in river current and stop floating off down stream.

I've ready a bunch of posts about the Terrova and it seems like the 2nd Gen really has a bad rap regarding the spot lock feature. Is it THAT bad? I don't need centimeter accuracy. I'll probably just end up getting a new bluetooth model. I was looking at some used ones and was just wondering are all of the poor comments right.
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Post by Wallyc » 26 Oct 2018, 22:30

What?!? I’ve had a PowerDrive V2 with I pilot and I now have a terrova Bluetooth with I pilot. The pre Bluetooth where not not all that accurate of the Spot-Lock .20-25 ft off but she just had learned to compensate for it .Now the Bluetooth terrova it’s like a night and day difference. The bt models are way more accurate .

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Post by vfourmax » 29 Oct 2018, 12:04

I have one of the "2018" models of the Terrova models with the BT spot-lock and it is impressive and very accurate in its ability to maintain position.

The first generation models were known for being lousy and back then I had a Motorguide with their version of spot-lock because it was better than what Minn-Kota OFFERED AT THE TIME.

Fast forward to current models and Minn-Kota is the current best on the spot-lock anchoring technology and the new motors make the Motorguide I had a few a years ago as no where near as good or accurate.

Technology just keeps getting better and we as fisherman have never had better tools at our fingertips.

I will never own a boat that I fish with and use a trolling motor without spot-lock again. I was fishing last week and it was a day of varied wind strengths and if I had of not had the spot lock I would have left a lot sooner as it gets old fighting the boat to maintain position more than you are fishing.

But with the spot-lock position the boat with the bow into the wind, set the anchor function on the motor and fish without worrying about the boat or the wind. It will keep you in the same spot within about a foot circle of trolling motor position.

I love my Terrova and it works as advertised in my experiences. Also the new model motor is much easier to deploy and stow as compared to the older models with the internal spring loaded assist feature.

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Post by Scott F » 29 Oct 2018, 15:32

I have an older Terrova with spot lock. If you need to be held within a couple of feet of an exact position, use an anchor. The Terrova I have works pretty well. I have no complaints. Just be sure you point the boat into the wind, and don’t hit the spot lock until the forward motion of the boat has stopped. This will hold true with any version of spot lock you have.

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Post by onthewater102 » 29 Oct 2018, 15:54

I have an older Terrova (2009? I believe) which I finally added the i-pilot to at the beginning of last year. I know it holds my position relative to my marker buoy within a few feet at all times, adjusting for wind and current as needed. Far better than an anchor in the deep waters I'm usually trying to hold in, plus it doesn't disturb things moving around on the bottom under the boat.

I don't think I would want it making the number of corrections necessary to hold to a smaller area - all that motor movement constantly would have to add up to a lot more disturbance of the water.
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Post by redrum » 01 Nov 2018, 16:53

The spot lock / anchor mode is definitely the driving factor for me. I've used a Xi5 and not having a cable drive bow mount motor is going to take some getting used to but I'm willing to adjust to gain the anchor features. I'm just gonna save up for the new Terrova. I was thinking about trying to find a second hand 2nd generator model with the iPilot feature but I believe the new model is going to be worth it.

I've actually read that the first generation Terrova, the one that had black buttons, worked better than the second version.
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Post by Wallyc » 02 Nov 2018, 10:21

Save your money on a new terrova. The new one is way better. If you creep down the banks a lot you’ll love I pilot/autopilot.

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Post by moloch16 » 05 Nov 2018, 09:53

So I just bought my "dream boat" on Friday (1648 Alweld Marsh) and had a new 55lb Terrova installed. It was pricey. I did a lot of research, seriously considered the new Motorguide Xi3 because it is a lot cheaper. However after all my research, talking to a lot of people in the know, it was best to pay the extra money on a new Minn Kota Terrova.

Don't buy the old version of the Terrova, the spot lock from my understanding is absolutely horrendous. If you go used, go Motorguide. The new Terrova is getting rave reviews and the spotlock is suppose to be outstanding.

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Post by redrum » 06 Nov 2018, 17:53

Yeah I've heard nothing but good reports on the new bluetooth models. I'd like to get the 55lb Terrova but I'm a little scared it will eat up the battery. I fish in river current a lot and the reason I want a motor with spot lock is so I can stop in the current without having to anchor, so I plan on sitting on spot lock in current for periods at a time. I'm sure the 55 is strong enough and would probably be fine but I plan on getting the 80. I'm already setup for 24v with my 70lb Edge, which honestly I can't even drive on speed 5. It will practically throw you off the bow if you slightly turn lol.
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Post by Scott F » 06 Nov 2018, 21:47

moloch16 wrote: Don't buy the old version of the Terrova, the spot lock from my understanding is absolutely horrendous. If you go used, go Motorguide. The new Terrova is getting rave reviews and the spotlock is suppose to be outstanding.
"From your understanding" You've never used the older version of the Terrova and can comfortably say the the spotlock is "horrendous". Do you give movie reviews on movies you've never seen too? I currently use the older Terrova and as I said in my previous post, it works fine. The new one is supposed to work better, but because I've never tried the new version, I'm not qualified to give a fair review.

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Post by onthewater102 » 06 Nov 2018, 23:30

I see the decision differently and more simplistically.

You're looking to buy the older Terrova on the secondary market. Therefore, you'll be paying at or below (if you find a great deal) the going rate for that model should you decide to turn around and sell it in a short period of time...simple economics.

Option 1 - Go with the older one, sell it if you don't like it and you won't be out any material amount of money and you can still turn around and buy the new one if that ends up meeting your needs better. Best case you save a lot of money you didn't need to spend, worst case you take longer to get a new motor and not be any worse off financially than if you went with option 2.

Option 2 - Buy the new one. You will certainly be paying the retailer's profit which you'll never get back even if you turn around and try to sell the new one. For your troubles you'll get a slightly longer warranty period on an outstanding product that very likely won't incur a claim in the warranty period anyway.



To be fair, I'm an accountant, I never buy anything that will have reasonable future resale value new unless there are serious advantages to the warranty or I wake up in a parallel universe where material goods don't depreciate significantly the moment you take ownership of them from the retailer.
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Post by Jow » 07 Nov 2018, 08:05

Pretty sure there is a 2nd receiver one can get to go along with the older v2 that gives it 2 gps positions so its more accurate on anchor mode. you mount it 4-8 ft away from bow mount unit. think its like a puck

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Post by vfourmax » 08 Nov 2018, 09:52

Jow wrote:Pretty sure there is a 2nd receiver one can get to go along with the older v2 that gives it 2 gps positions so its more accurate on anchor mode. you mount it 4-8 ft away from bow mount unit. think its like a puck
The externally mounted "puck" that comes with the second generation blue tooth Terrova is not a "GPS" sensor but rather a "compass" that is used in conjunction with the auto pilot and the directional "jog" feature of the spot lock.

Not sure as far as the first generation but the second generation does not use a second separate gps puck for location holding accuracy.

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Post by redrum » 16 Apr 2019, 21:29

I got my new (to me) motor!

I found a deal on a used 3rd gen. 80lb/45" iPilot Terrova with bluetooth from a guy nearby that was upgrading to an Ultrex.

I've only been able to spend about 30 mins on the water with it so far. The spot lock is impressive to say the least. With a very strong current it will just sit there adjusting speed and direction to hold in place. Being able to walk around the boat and make adjustments to the location and direction is just fantastic. I can't wait to get some more time with it.

I want to learn how to use the autopilot and get comfortable moving up to and around obstacles while steering with the remote. It is very different coming from cable steer control.
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Post by JNG » 17 Apr 2019, 17:11

I know that the MK is more popular (I have used mostly MK myself), but I am loving the MG xi3 that I put on the new jon. Paired it with a MG R3 variable speed for the transom. MG got it right with these newer motors. Neither motor has given me a bit of trouble so far. I wouldn't discount the xi3/xi5 so quickly.

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