Minn Kota Riptide SM 55

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Starting at: $599.95

Quick Overview

Maxxum - the ideal blend of performance, affordability and features. Perfect if you need a well-built, reliable trolling motor with a few convenient touches, but not every bell and whistle. Enter Maxxum. It won't make your morning coffee or communicate with satellites, but it will reliably take you to where the fish are with ease. After all, do you really need all those extra features, or just a rock-solid trolling motor that gets the job done well?

Minn Kota Riptide SM

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  • Composite Shaft

Additional Information

Recommended for: Small to medium saltwater v-hull, flats, and general fishing boats up to 17.5'. The 55 lbs thrust motor is recommended for boats weighing up to 2,750lbs. For more help picking the right thrust level - or to learn how much your boat weighs - please refer to our thrust guide.
How It's Unique: The Riptide SM line is a step-up from the Riptide SE trolling motor. Featuring a more powerful motor (up to 101 lbs) and an optional BowGuard mount with a beefy spring-protected shaft, the Riptide SM is built to stand the test of time. The motor is also available with a latch & door mount for easy motor removal.

The Minn Kota Riptide SF is a step-up from the Riptide SM as it features a super heavy-duty aluminum mono arm along with a stainless steel, nitrogen charged gas spring that makes stowing and deploying the motor similar to opening up the tailgate on an SUV. Consider the Riptide SF if you want the most heavy-duty trolling motor made.
Water Type: Saltwater and Freshwater
Shaft Length(s): Shaft lengths of 42" and 52" are available for Riptide SM 55 motors. For help selecting a shaft length, please see our shaft guide.
Motor Features: Fixed or Variable Speed Motor (See Trolling motor model information below), Extendable & Tilting hand control, Push-to-Test Battery Gauge, Weedless Wedge Prop, Composite Shaft. (Learn about these features)
Available Upgrades: Riptide SM isn't compatible with any AutoPilot, Sonar or i-Pilot accessories. But it is compatible with select quick release plates and handle extensions - please see the right-hand side product bar.

Additional Information

Mounting Details: This motor is bolted directly to the bow of the boat using the included mounting hardware, and requires drilling into the boat for installation. Ideally, it's best to have access to the underside of the mounting platform in order to secure and fasten the bolting hardware. However, if accessing the underside is impossible you can use no access bolts to secure the motor from the top. For more information see our compatibility and mounting guides.
Mount Dimensions: Short pattern - 29.375" x 7" (on 42" shaft). Long pattern - 34.875" x 7" (on 52" shafts)
Bolting Pattern: Download Bolting Pattern
Wiring Details: Riptide SM 55 can be wired directly to the batteries, and can also be used in conjunction with a plug and receptacle for a cleaner, more professional installation that's easy to remove. To protect your motor from damage, a circuit breaker is also recommended but is not required for installation.
Motor Voltage and Batteries: Riptide SM 55 is a 12 volt motor and requires (1) 12-volt marine battery. For more information, see our articles on battery selection or battery wiring diagrams.
Power Lead Length: 5 Feet
Pedal Cord Length: N/A
What Is Included:
  • Riptide SM 55 trolling motor
  • Power leads
  • Mounting hardware
  • Owners manual
What Else Is Required: 1 Marine Battery, Battery Charger, Circuit Breaker (Recommended)

Additional Information

Amperage Draw: 50 amps at maximum speed
Motor Run Time: Important Note: As you likely won't be running your trolling motor perpetually, the actual amount of on-the-water time a motor should allow will be substantially longer than times listed. Actual motor run time can vary depending on conditions (winds, waves, etc) and the type of battery used. Listed below are run-time estimates assuming a 100 amp hour rated battery. To learn more, please see our article on calculating motor run time.

  • 20+ Hours: At slow, trolling speeds that draw 5 amps or less
  • 4 Hours: Approx. run time with throttle 50% open
  • 2 Hours: Approx. run time with the motor at full throttle
Stow and Deploy Method: Riptide SM motors feature the latch & door mount which allows for simple motor removal. When the trolling motor is not in use, the motor can be manually removed from the water and naturally rotates into a flat position to convenient stow on the deck. When ready for use, simply slide the motor head and shaft forward, and it effortlessly swings back down into the water.
Motor Steering Method: The Riptide SM models are steered by hand. The unique Tilt Twist Tiller handle tilts up to make steering easier and more convenient. Motor speed is controlled by rotating the hand lever.
Shaft Adjustment: An adjustable depth collar makes it easy to set how deep the shaft and propeller sit in the water.
Motor Speed: The Riptide SM motors have either a fixed speed or variable speed motor (See specific model information below) Learn more about fixed vs. variable speed motors.

Additional Information

Owners Manual: Download Here
Warranty Period: Two Years
Warranty Details: The motor's composite shaft caries a lifetime guarantee. If it's ever broken - regardless of the circumstances - Minn Kota will replace it at no charge. The rest of the motor caries a two year warranty backed up by hundreds of local Minn Kota service centers across the country.
Box Dimensions: Box dimensions and weight vary by motor:

Model 1363420 - 9"H x 20"W x 60"L WT: 62.0lbs
Model 1363421 - 9"H x 20"W x 68"L WT: 64.0lbs
Model 1363422 - 9"H x 20"W x 68"L    WT: 64.0lbs

Motor Overview

Customer Reviews

Grizzly Tracker 17 ft. AW

Review by Julie
Overall Rating
This trolling motor is exactly what we wanted. Has more power than we need for the fishing we do. Highly recommend! (Posted on July 7, 2015)
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Boston Whaler Montauk 17

Review by Mr. Fred
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Product arrived as scheduled. Box could use some handholds as freight company had too install their own.

Easy to follow instructions as too assembly and installation.

Once install complete a test run was performed, Had a vibration at high speed on impeller. I followed the trouble shouting guide and rotated the impeller 180 degrees which solved the problem.

The tiller handle is tight (hard) to move in/out of the stow position. But this should loosen over time with use.

For me the variable speed motor is the way to go. I love the reverse on this trolling motor as well.

Looking forward to many years of use.

Mr. Fred (Posted on March 22, 2015)
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Bay Hawk 18 foot

Review by Reedoh
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Great trolling motor. Easy to mount on bow and has performed perfectly. (Written on 11/24/10) (Posted on November 28, 2012)
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Not sure which model to choose? Learn more about proper shaft length or motor features.
Model Shaft Features Control Motor Volts Price
1363420 42'' Standard Hand Fixed 12V
In Stock
1363421 52'' Standard Hand Fixed 12V
In Stock
1363422 52'' Standard Hand Variable 12V
In Stock

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