Compare Minn Kota’s Range to Find the Best Saltwater Trolling Motor

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If you’re wanting to find the best saltwater trolling motor for your needs, a glance at the options available can be confusing and overwhelming. There are bow mount, transom mount, and engine mount options on offer, they’re all a little bit different and prices vary dramatically. Minn Kota actually offers 8 different motors within this product family.

Minn Kota might be best known for their range of high-quality, high-performance freshwater trolling motors, but that’s not all the company can offer. In fact, their Riptide family of trolling motors is specifically designed for use in saltwater environments, giving you the benefits of a company that has been honing its chops in trolling motor design since the 1930s with an ocean-going angle.

Saltwater Bow Mount

Riptide Terrova

This takes the freshwater Terrova trolling motor and turns it into a saltwater-designed system. It offers 80 lbs of thrust for your oceangoing needs and integrates i-Pilot that uses GPS technology to navigate and position your boat. It also includes the company’s Digital Maximizer™ technology (longer run time on your battery charge) and a 2 year warranty. Lift assist design and a ‘stealth-like’ quite power gives you the advantage.

‘Having the ‘lift assist’ makes it a good choice if you’ve a bad back’

Riptide Terrova options   
Shaft Length54 inch60 inch72 inch
Voltage/ Thrust12v (55lbs)
24v (80lbs)
12v (55lbs)
24v (80lbs)
24v (80lbs)
36v (112lbs)
i-pilot GPS (includes Auto Pilot)yesyesyes
Lift Assist designyesyesyes
Suitable for boat length (maximum)
12v 5 metres /16ft 4in
24v 7 metres/ 22ft 9in
12v 5 metres /16ft 4in
24v 7 metres/ 22ft 9in
24v 7 metres/ 22ft 9in
36v 7.6 metres/ 24ft 9 in

Riptide PowerDrive

Choose either 55 of 70 lbs of thrust and pair with either a 48 or 54 inch shaft. It integrates easily with i-Pilot and comes with a 2 year warranty. Deploy assist, AutoPilot™, Weedless Wedge prop and a push to test battery meter are just a few of the benefits here. You can upgrade this model to a corded foot pedal accessory if you want to navigate hands free.

‘The Weedless Wedge 2′ prop makes it a good choice if you’ll be pushing through thick weeds and brush .’

Riptide Powerdrive options  
Shaft Length48 inch54 inch
Voltage/ Thrust12v (55 lbs)24v (70lbs)
Maximum boat length6ft/ 5metres6ft/ 5metres

Riptide Ulterra

A saltwater specific design with either a 24 volt system (80 lbs of thrust) or a 36 volt system (112 lbs of thrust). You can choose from 3 shaft lengths: 54, 60 or 72 inches. I-Pilot or i-pilot link (handheld remote), gives you the option of controlling from your Humminbird. Follow contours, track and save your favorite spots to revisit. Digital Maximiser,™, bluetooth smartphone app and weedless wedge are all standard features. The automatic stow/deploy with a push of a button is perhaps one of our favorite features of this model.

A 2 year warranty is also offered.

Team the Ulterra with the optional foot pedal for maximum hands free control.

“Chose the Ulterra for power, punch with the bells and whistles that make using your trolling motor a dream’

Riptide Ulterra options   
Shaft Length54 inch60 inch72 inch
Voltage/ Thrust24v (80lbs)24v (80lbs)
36v (112lbs)
24v (60 lbs)
36v (112lbs)
i-pilot GPS (includes Auto Pilot)yesyesyes
Suitable for boats up to 24ft /7.6metres24ft /7.6metres24ft /7.6metres

Riptide Fortrex

Another bow mounted trolling motor, the Riptide Fortrex offers an extruded aluminum arm and 112 lbs of thrust. The unique “mono arm design” provides extra power to push through anything that’s thrown at you. Note that a lower-power option is available with a 24-volt, 80 lb setup. You can choose from 2 shaft lengths – 52 or 62 inches.

Riptide Fortrex options  
Shaft Length52 inch62 inch
Voltage/ Thrust24v (80lbs)24v (80 lbs)
36v (112 lbs)

Riptide Edge

If you want a smaller mount that still delivers plenty of performance, then the Riptide Edge is for you. It offers a corrosion resistant central bar as well as a composite head. The motor can be purchased in 12 volt (55 lbs thrust) or 24 volt (70 lbs thrust) configurations, and comes with a 2 year warranty.

Riptide Edge options    
Shaft Length52 inches52 inches
Voltage/ Thrust12v (55lbs)
24v (70lbs)

Riptide Maxxum

Building on the format of the Edge, the Maxxum steps up with additional benefits, including 3 shaft length options (42, 52, and 62 inches), as well as advanced corrosion protection, a Weedless Wedge™ prop design, and a composite shaft with a lifetime guarantee.

Riptide Maxxum options    
Shaft Length42 inch52 inch62 inch
Voltage/ Thrust12v (55 lbs)12v (55 lbs)
24v (70 lbs)
24v (80 lbs)
Digital Maximiser™ (single battery charge lasts up to 5x longer)nonoyes

Saltwater Transom Mount

Riptide Transom

The Riptide Transom is perhaps the simplest to use of all the members within this wide ranging family. It delivers 45 lbs of thrust, and the ergonomic handle makes piloting your boat simple and easy. You can also upgrade to a 55lb setup if you prefer, although both are 12 volt systems. The Transom can be configured with a 36, 42, or 52 inch shaft. Note: Digital Maximiser™ is only available on the RT55 model.

Riptide Transom options   
Shaft Length30 inch36 inch42 inch
Voltage/ Thrust12v (40 lbs)12v (45 lbs)
12v (55lbs)
12v (55 lbs)
Digital Maximiser™ (single battery charge lasts up to 5x longer)nonoyes

Saltwater Engine Mount

Integrate the Riptide Engine Mount with your outboard and choose from 12 volt and 24 volt configurations. Team with 55, 80 or 160 lbs of thrust depending on the setup you choose. It also includes a 2 year warranty, the company’s vaunted Digital Maximizer™ technology, and the Weedless Wedge™ prop design.

Riptide Engine Mount options   
Voltage/ Thrust12v (55 lbs)24v (80lbs)24v (160lbs)

In Conclusion

Whether you want a bow mounted trolling motor, a transom mounted trolling motor, or an engine mounted option, Minn Kota’s Riptide Family has something to offer just about everyone.


THRUST: Means how powerful the motor is and measured in pounds (lbs). Rule of thumb: the larger and heavier your boat, the more thrust you’ll need

DIGITAL MAXIMISER; up to 5x longer run time on a single battery charge.

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