2017 Minn Kota Riptide Terrova Review
The Riptide ST, now known as the Riptide Terrova, has become the best-selling saltwater trolling motor on the market over the past few years, and for good reason. Coming up on its 7th year in the market, we thought we’d share a few highlights.
Launched in 2010, the Riptide Terrova marked the debut of Minn Kota’s now legendary i-Pilot system, the first wireless remote controlled GPS enabled trolling motor navigation system. By integrating this amazing satellite technology, Minn Kota opened up an entirely new world of possibility for fishermen. An electric steer motor that constantly knows where it is, combined with useful software, is a powerful thing!
Although skeptical of new technology at its debut, fishermen soon warmed to the features over the next few seasons, and by 2014 the Riptide Terrova had become a best-seller largely 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 at the click of a button on the remote. This in turns frees them up to cast to the fish without having to worry about wind or current blowing them off position. As soon as the GPS notices the boat drifting off position, the motor activates and steers back to the original spot lock point. Pretty amazing! Originally, spot lock allowed you to store up to 6 different positions, but the 2017 models (debuting in Fall 2016) will increase storage to 16 different positions, as well as enabling a new featured called “jog” that will allow you to move five feet at a time in any direction away from your original spot lock location. As the fish move, now you can move quickly and easily!
In additional to spot lock, i-Pilot also features “record-a-track”, now known as “iTracks”. This helpful feature 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 favorite route, and iTracks will store it. The next time you go out, simply press the corresponding memory button and the motor will take you along that exact same route. You can also pause or anchor lock at anytime along the way.
The Riptide Terrova is also easy to operate, utilizing a one-handed stow and deploy mechanism, with a new lift-assist mechanism in the 2017 models. Short of the auto-stow deploy found on the Riptide Ulterra, this makes the Riptide Terrova one of the easiest-to-operate motors on the market.
It’s also an extremely durable and reliable motor, designed to withstand rugged saltwater environments. The motors feature fully enclosed electronics, zinc-polymer coatings, and a sacrificial anode, collectively ensuring you will be protected from the elements and operating reliably for years. With a track record of almost seven years in the market and on the water, the Riptide Terrova has a reputation for durability that isn’t just talk. Fishermen have proved its worth through years of use and abuse.
We can’t recommend this motor highly enough. It’s an amazing choice for saltwater anglers looking for a useful feature set, ease-of-use, and reliability, and that’s why it continues to be our best selling saltwater trolling motor. Check 'em out or grab our FREE Trolling Motor Buyer's Guide!
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