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Riptide SM - the ideal blend of performance, affordability and features. Perfect if you need a well-built, reliable saltwater trolling motor with a few convenient touches, but not every bell and whistle ever concocted. Enter Riptide SM. It won't make your morning coffee or communicate with satellites, but it will reliably get 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?
Riptide SM 55 Full Details
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 2750lbs. For more help picking the right thrust level - or to learn how much your boat weights - 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 80 lbs) and an optional BowGuard mount (SM 80 only) 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.
Saltwater and Freshwater
The Riptide SM 55 comes is available in 42" or 52" shaft lengths. For help selecting a shaft length, please see our shaft guide.
Variable Speed Motor, Wired Remote Control, Digital Maximizer, Weedless Wedge Prop, Composite Mount. (Learn about these features)
Variable Speed Motor, Extendable & Tilting hand control, Digital Maximizer, Push-to-Test Battery Gauge, Weedless Wedge Prop, Composite Shaft. (Learn about these features)
Riptide SM isn't compatible with any AutoPilot, Sonar or i-Pilot accessories.
Short pattern - 29.375" x 7" (on 42" shaft). Long pattern - 34.875" x 7" (on 52" shafts)
Motor Voltage and Batteries:
Power Lead Length:
Pedal Cord Length:
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)
56 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 substantial 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
- 3.6 Hours: Approx. run time with throttle 50% open
- 1.8 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.
An adjustable depth collar makes it easy to set how deep the shaft and propeller sit in the water.
The Riptide SM 55 motors are available as fixed or variable speed. Learn more about fixed vs. variable speed motors.
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.
Model 1363421 - 7"H x 20"W x 68"L WT: 60.0lbs
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