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Old 05-06-2019, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trying to get my new-to-me Ranger outfitted. The boat is a 2006 1750. It came with a old PowerDrive 12-volt 55 lb Minnkota, so that needs to be upgraded.

The boat also came with a NIB Helix 5 and Helix 7. Neither have been installed.

For a trolling motor, I know I want something with Spotlock. For electronics, I am much more familiar with Lowrance, but I have heard good things about the Helix, and for budget purposes, unless someone makes a bulletproof argument, I am going to stay with the Birds I already have.

So, I think that has me lean towards Minnkota.

My questions are, can I stay with a 12 volt system, or do I need to upgrade to 24?

Do I need the link system (I'm not even sure if it is compatible with the Birds I have). If not, what are the differences between the Terrova and Powerdrive?

Finally, I am not a DIY guy. Recommendations on where to have these installed? I might have to wait until end of season, and I am OK with that if I have to.
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I upgraded my existing Powerdrive 55lb 12 volt to an Ipilot just by adding a new head unit. Only cost ~$450 and works great. Easy to do as well

https://www.amazon.com/MinnKota-i-Pi.../dp/B07PL3TC4W
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1750, so you can stay with a 12 volt trolling motor if you want to but 24 volt has more usable power (helpful in wind or current) and longer duration. If you go with 24 volt you won't want to go back to 12 volt.
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An ipilot is a must, can save some money get a decent depth finder, but the gps enabled trolling motor is a must. Make sure you get a long shaft and higher thrust for those windy days
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Birds will talk to the Minnkota so go with that. A new 80lb I-Pilot 24V is the bomb. If you use spotlock a bunch the 12v wont cut it.
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Birds will talk to the Minnkota so go with that. A new 80lb I-Pilot 24V is the bomb. If you use spotlock a bunch the 12v wont cut it.
Definitely upgrade to a 24v. Always go with more power than you think. 80# works for most boats unless your boat is in that 21'+ range.
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that is a heavy 17' boat, 24volt 80lb for sure! should have a spot up under front deck for 2 batterys
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I have experience with all of the stuff you are considering and own. I prefer the Helix units to Lowrance by quite a bit because of the SI capabilities. Garmin seems to be better than both, but very expensive. I prefer at least a 9" screen for SI...

Humminbird is great and I would definitely go with 24 volt and 80lb thrust.. anything with spotlock will do. I do not think Linke is worth the money, but I know folks who love it.
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So, here is what I am thinking right now.

My goal is to stay below $4000 - including installation because I am not going to do that myself.

Both of the Birds are older versions. Leaning towards selling the 7. Mounting the 5 up front (it is old enough that it is not networkable).

Buy either a Lowrance Elite 7 or Maybe the Helix9 that is on sale at Cabelas right now.

And one of these two motors.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/MINN...2.uts?slotId=0
https://www.cabelas.com/product/MINN...3.uts?slotId=2
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And if I decide to go with the Helix9, wondering if it would be worth spending a couple more $$ and buying a Helix 5 for upfront. Then it is only a couple more $$$ to upgrade to Link......

I am terrible with budgets. And my wife would kill me if she knew I was going this high already......
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