I don’t mind too much if conditions aren’t ideal to fish since there are endless lists of things to do to prepare for fishing as well as the non fishing lists of things to do that seems to never end. I was ready to fish a 4:30 am but the 39 mph winds at the lake forced me to hit the hour snooze all morning till it was too late to go. I don’t like going to the lake past 10am since I have to get off at 4:30 to reband at San Luis and its not worth the drive and the late dinner most of the time. The typical wind pattern for this time of year when it blows hard all night is for it to flatten out around 9am and build again by 2:00pm. If I miss the morning window, I usually shine it on to the next day.
I used the day to install a Minn Kotta Ulterra trolling motor on the boat replacing the 2 year old Terrova. If you interested in a used perfectly working Terrova with IPilot ILink, make me an offer or I might have to get a second boat for the Delta. The removal of the old Terrova was pretty easy. I just unplugged the Ethernet cable, Transducer cable and the Power cable from the boat and unbolted the 4 screws that held it in. The Ulterra almost fit exactly in the same mounting holes I ended up drilling a few for stability. After hooking every thing back up, I hit the power button on the base unit and no lights went on. After checking all the power and circuit breakers I decided to measure voltage at the motherboard in the base of the trolling motor. The problem with that is that you can’t reach it without deploying it and you can deploy it without power. I managed to open the cover slightly enough to peak under the base plate and just for kicks, I pressed the power button using a dental instrument and a mirror. To my surprise the unit powered on and the lights glowed green. Apparently the depressible switch was too short to make contact with the membrane on the cowling and thus you couldn’t reach the switch no matter how hard you pressed on the ON switch. The solution for me was to find a small piece of plastic tubing (from my fly bench used to tie tube flies) that fit snuggly over the switch pole making it an eighth of an inch longer. I put a dab of zap a gap in the hole to keep it from sliding down the shaft of the switch. Now all is perfect and the unit will switch on and off with a light touch on the button.
I can’t imagine I am the only one having this problem. I was bumming out about possibly having to send the 75 lb motor back to Minn Kota after waiting three long months for it. Could the average fishermen trouble shoot that on their own? I’m not sure since you have to deploy the motor before working on it and you might need a dental mirrors and explorers to work under the cowling. I would expect so much more from Minn Kota–the irony of a $2000 dollar trolling motor being totally useless because of an eighth of an inch of plastic on the end of a switch. Also, I couldn’t register my motor for warranty with Min Kota because it would not recognize the serial number I entered as being an Ulterra. All is good that ends well and Im ready to test it out on the water.