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Wish-I-Were-Fishn

V2 I-Pilot owners, do you miss the foot pedal?

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Wish-I-Were-Fishn

Thinking about getting a I-Pilot motor, but don't want to spend any more then possible. You guys that have the setup on your v2 powerdrive, do you ever miss the foot pedal? I really don't want a Terrova.

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Esox_Magnum

Terrova is hands down worth it, I'm one who needs the use of the pedal and also needs my remote I couldnt effectivly fish with just the remote... Then again all depnds what you fish for and how you fish, I'm a caster and not always a free hand to work the remote, but when trolling night eyes I almost excusivly run the remote... Stow and deploy are better on the Terrova also...

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Brad B

I have only ever had the v2 with the I pilot(factory installed) so I can't say for sure if I would miss the foot pedal or not. even thou you don't like the terrova I really suggest you look at it. the extra money for a terrova with the I pilot is basically for the foot pedal. plus the terrova now can be bought with the new I pilot link installed in it(if this is something you might add later). If you have a V2 power drive now I would sell it and buy a new terrova. the other plus of the terrova is that the stow and deploy is easier then the V2's. just something to think about. It's a personal choice for you to make but make sure to look at them both side by side. personally my next trolling motor will be the terrova with the I pilot Link factory installed in it.

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Wish-I-Were-Fishn

I'm really not interested in the Terrova. I'm already having a hard time justifying upgrading from my PD 55 auto pilot co-pilot motor. Most of the time it works just fine and since I haven't used the foot pedal for the last two years, perhaps I have answered my own question.

Features I like about the I-pilot are spot lock, tracks, and constant speed regardless of wind. I will never be able to justify the link setup. I just don't fish enough, nor do I want to put that much money into it.

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Kyhl

Depends on how I fish. When walleye fishing, dragging stuff on the bottom, I don't miss it at all.

If casting, it can be a pain to cast, reel, and run the remote. I need a third hand in that situation.

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Genofish

+1 It was tough putting down the cash for the Terrova but have no regrets. There is no comparison to my old PD and the IPilot is amazing

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TyGuy02

I love only having the remote, but then again I never learned with a foot pedal

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JeffB

I have the terrova and the foot pedal never gets used. Love the I I-pilot no need for the foot pedal for me.

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PerchJerker

I love the i-Pilot but I NEED my foot pedal. Foot pedal gets used at least 80% of the time. I could never be without one. I would give up the i-Pilot before I gave up the foot pedal, but I do a lot of casting .....

But since you said you haven't used your foot pedal in the last 2 years, I'm guessing that you'll be just fine without it ......

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titelines

I have the Terrova too and have only used the foot pedal once in three seasons. Even when casting I can set a course and speed and lock it in, so no need to even use the remote that much Just small corrections now and then, but it's not a hassle. Never been a problem.

The only caveat would be...if for some reason the remote went out on you, it would be nice to have the pedal as a back-up.

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TyGuy02

The only caveat would be...if for some reason the remote went out on you, it would be nice to have the pedal as a back-up.

Always have a spare battery for the I-pilot remote, and with the link system there is no need for a battery since its a rechargeable lithium battery in the remote but have a power source to charge while on the water if needed

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B-man715

Depends how and where you fish.

I like to vertical jig two rods on the river, it would be impossible to do without a foot pedal to keep the control I need.

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Capt. H (Ret.)

I recently changed from the V2 autopilot 55 lbs of thrust to the V2 I-Pilot with 70 pounds of thrust. I just couldn't see spending the money to get the Terrova as I will not be using a depthfinder in conjunction with the trolling motor. I am still learning all of the capabilities of the motor and the remote. So far I really like the new Minnkota. I hang the remote on my belt and it does not seem to interfere with the way I fish which is casting and trolling. I DO NOT MISS THE FOOT PEDAL!!!

The stow and deploy of the motor takes getting used to. I don't have issues stowing the motor but once in a while it takes an extra push to get the motor deployed. I don't see this as much of a problem.

The spot lock feature is great!! I haven't recorded a track yet because at this point I haven't needed to but then again I am still learing about this motor. I very seldom used the cruise on the 55 PD.

Batteries for the remote can be purchased at just about any electronics store such as RS for $4-6.

Mike

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Dusty

I fish a lot and have never used up a remote battery in one season. I just put in a new one in April every year.

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drg700

I really don't miss the foot pedal mainly because I have a 2010 Lund Rebel tiller and there isn't enough room for one. I do fine with the remote.

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Raider4ever

First year with the I-Pilot. Fish Bass 90% of the time. Like the spot lock but need to figure it out a little more. But I did kind of miss the foot pedal. Adjustments and casting at the same time are a pain. I know you lose some functions by going to the foot pedal, but do you lose spot lock when you go to the foot pedal? Seriously thinking about getting a foot pedal.

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dfv87

Had a PD with Copilot/auto Pilot and went to v2-I pilot 2 seasons ago... get Ipilot and accept no sustitutes. The stow and go is worse on my v2 vs the terrova but the i pilot is killer! I cannot believe how much it helps and I don't even fully use everything it can do! Do I miss the footpad? YEah I guess it would be nice but it all depends on how you use the motor and the kind of fishing you do. I don't need/miss it.

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Kyhl

First year with the I-Pilot. Fish Bass 90% of the time. Like the spot lock but need to figure it out a little more. But I did kind of miss the foot pedal. Adjustments and casting at the same time are a pain. I know you lose some functions by going to the foot pedal, but do you lose spot lock when you go to the foot pedal? Seriously thinking about getting a foot pedal.

The foot peddle is only available on the Terrova with iPilot. The foot peddle will not work on the PD2 with iPilot.

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Wish-I-Were-Fishn

Just got back from Kabetogama and man we sure could have used an ipilot motor! Took my buddy's boat and he was cursing the lack of control with his older PD unit. Think I got him talked into getting a new motor.

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Raider4ever

"The foot peddle is only available on the Terrova with iPilot. The foot peddle will not work on the PD2 with iPilot."

I have a plug for a foot pedal. Did you mean that I would only lose I-pilot features, or that a foot pedal will not function at all?

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Old Dewjabber

We like having the pedal available. If I get a fish or have to do something she takes over with the foot pedal!

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TyGuy02

We like having the pedal available. If I get a fish or have to do something she takes over with the foot pedal!

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Kyhl

The foot peddle is only available on the Terrova with iPilot. The foot peddle will not work on the PD2 with iPilot.

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