I actually have a Minnkota right now and have been having problems with it, not sure if i would purchase one for my next boat. Circuit board fried, the yandina troll bridge fried, all at once, then come to find out the brushes in the motor were shot , one of the springs broke off, maybe that’s what caused it? Now it’s back up and running having a battery issue, works for about two hours then shuts off even though the batteries are less than a year old, test good on a load tester… so issues still not resolved
i have lead acid batteries so it’s about $600 to replace them. I’m Out of warranty so the board was $270, the yandina said they’d warranty it then never heard from them so that’s another $200, brushes and misc for lower were another $100 plus i Lost about 5 weekends of fishing cause of this. They work great until they don’t. Minnkota customer service was just “drop it off at a service center” which i called but no one answered, twice. And I fish until end of January so i was trying to get this fixed asap
I’m definitely not knocking them. Just want to give you my honest opinion as someone who does a lot of bottom fishing. They’re very convenient but they are really just expensive toys. If you purchase just consider the prospect of them having some problems. Rhodan seems to have a little more issues(based on friends who use them, not the internet) but their customer service mails you the parts instantly and tells you how to fix it. minnkota you have to drop off at service center, don’t know how long that takes.
At the end of the day, with how i fish, I’d rather have two anchors and not be swinging around, or having the thing jog to catch up and having to worry about battery life or electrical gremlins.