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Minn Kota Power drive question

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I have  a Motorguide Brute 54  and thinking of getting a 55 lb Minn Kota Power drive 2 because I can get a longer shaft and the Minn Kota is variable speed..  I fish a lot of lakes that gas motors aren't allowed and pull the boat up on the trailer by simply pulling the motor up withe the rope as I get very close to the trailer. My concern is how easy will it be to load the boat on the trailer with the Power Drive 2 trolling motor. 

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The power drive stow and deploy mechanism is garbage.  Look at a terrova instead

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I have one on my boat because it came with it. I really like the remote steer but would not buy another one. The terrova seems to be the better option or of course the ultrex being the best

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I would get an Ultrex. they are expensive, but well worth it.  I load my fiberglass bass boat on some lakes by just using the trolling motor.

The foot pedal alone is a no show for me on the terrova, power drive, or Ulterra.

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Powerdrive foot pedal is garbage. If you get powerdrive, get it with Ipilot. It's hand control only and will not let you down. 

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I have this trolling motor you speak of. if it wouldn’t have came already installed on my boat I would have gotten something else It stinks for mounting transducer on it. the foot pedal is on a long cable but foot pedal sucks the deploy they call easy sucks it’s hard to yank the thing back up into place. heck no I wouldn’t  use it to get the boat back on the trailer . it is good on the battery I can tool around all day. I’m considering getting the remote control option for mine . It’s 135 bucks 

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I bought my power drive v2 to put on my 18ft Jon boat i use to bass fish with. I have knee and back problems so the foot pedal appealed to me. It can be a little cantankerous to pull up but i found that if you take a buff pad and some polish and put on where the joints meet to slide up it makes it much easier to slide in. The only complaint i have is mounting a transducer would seem rather tricky, i haven't put a transducer on mine personally i know it can be done though. The few times my outboard has quit on my i used it to put the boat on the trailer and had no issues with it. just my experience. 

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