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Fishing Boat Motors- Minn Kota Introduces New Riptide AutoPilot™ With More Power and Faster Steering Response

Fishing Boat Motors- Press Release

Fishing Boat Motors- RACINE, Wis. – Minn Kota is offering inshore saltwater anglers a more powerful electric-steer trolling motor with the introduction of a 74-pound thrust model in its Riptide AutoPilot™ product line. In addition, the steering system on all Riptide AutoPilot models has been re-engineered to respond 40 percent faster than previous models.

“Today, many saltwater anglers are running larger bay boats for inshore fishing,” Minn Kota Motors Brand Manager Joe Brown said. “These boats are longer and heavier than traditional skiffs, and need additional power and faster steering response. Riptide AutoPilot’s new 74-pound thrust level, along with the re-engineered steering system, gives anglers the power and boat control they need in tough saltwater fishing conditions.”

Riptide’s newly designed MicroTouch™ electric steering system responds 40 percent faster than previous models. This new system provides additional power to overcome steering torque, allowing for quick steering adjustments at low or high trolling speeds.

Here are the key features available on the Riptide AutoPilot 74-pound thrust model:

AutoPilot™ navigation system
Advanced corrosion protection, with metals protected by zinc dichromate armor plating and 5-mil polyester powder-coat paint
Patented, replaceable zinc sacrificial anode
Maximizer™ technology that provides up to five times longer run time on a single battery charge
Variable speed control
Patented MicroTouch foot pedal
New electric steering system with 40 percent faster response than previous models
24-volt system
Available with 54-inch or 60-inch composite shaft (guaranteed for life)
3-year warranty
CoPilot™ remote control accessory (optional)

For more information contact Minn Kota Motors, P.O. Box 4008, Mankato, MN 56002, 800-227-6433. Or, check out the Web site at

Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of bow- and transom-mount trolling motors, and carries a complete line of battery chargers and marine accessories. Trolling motors in the Minn Kota line include Genesis™, Vantage®, Maxxum®, All Terrain®, PowerDrive™, Endura™, Riptide®, Vector™ and E-Drive models. Minn Kota motors are manufactured and marketed by Johnson Outdoors, Inc., headquartered in Racine, Wis.


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