2017 Minn Kota Terrova Review
The Minn Kota Terrova has become the best-selling freshwater trolling motor on the market over the past few years, and for good reason. Now in its 7th year on the water, and updated for 2017, we thought to share a few thoughts.
2010 marked the launch of Minn Kota’s now legendary i-Pilot system, the first wireless remote controlled GPS trolling motor system. By integrating satellite receiver technology, Minn Kota opened pioneered a new world of fishing possibilites. An electric steer motor that always knows where it is, combined with smart software, turns out to be a very powerful and popular thing!
Although skeptical of new technology at its debut, fishermen warmed to the features over the first few seasons, and by 2014 the Terrova with i-Pilot had become the #1 best-seller based on the popularity of the “Spot Lock” feature. Also known as virtual anchoring, or anchor mode, spot lock enables fishermen to hold their boat positions by simply pressing a button on the remote. This frees them up to cast to fish without worrying about wind or current blowing them off position. As soon as the GPS notices the boat drifting, the motor immediately activates and steers back to the original spot lock point. The 2017 models allow you to store and navigate to up to 16 different positions, as well as enabling a new featured called “jog” that allows you to move five feet at a time in any direction away from your original spot lock location. As the fish move, you move with them!
In additional to spot lock, i-Pilot also features “iTracks”. This allows you to store up to 16 of your favorite fishing routes, each up to two miles in length. Simply activate the record mode, navigate your chosen route, and iTracks will store it. The next time you’re out on the water, simply press the corresponding memory button and the motor will take you along that exact same route automatically, hands-free! You can pause or anchor lock at anytime.
The Terrova is also easy to operate, utilizing a one-handed stow and deploy mechanism, with a new lift-assist mechanism that alleviates some of the effort required for stowing. Short of the auto-stow deploy found on the Ulterra, this makes the Terrova among the easiest to operate motors.
It’s also a proven, durable and reliable motor, designed to withstand rugged fishing environments. With a track record of almost seven years in the market and on the water, the Terrova has rightly earned a solid reputation for durability that isn’t just talk. Fishermen have proved its worth through years of use.
This is by far our best-selling freshwater trolling motor. It’s an amazing choice for anglers looking for a useful feature set, ease-of-use, and reliability.
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