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Lowrance is a major manufacturer of marine electronics, relatively new to trolling motors. Minn Kota has been making them since 1934.

The Ghost, with its powerful brushless motor, advanced GPS features and Lowrance transducers has quickly become on of the most desired trolling motors.

The Ultrex has hybrid cable and electric steering, and has been the gold standard for bass fishing for many years.

In this article, we discuss both trolling motors and compare their features side-by-side.

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Ghost and Ultrex Compared

Lowrance
Ghost
Minn Kota
Ultrex
PricingCheck PriceCheck Price
Key DifferencesBrushless Motor
Quieter
Cable Steering
Universal Sonar 2
i-Pilot
Thrust Options97lb (24v)
120lb (36v)
80 lb (24v)
112 lb (36v)
Shaft Lengths47", 52", 60"45", 52", 60"
SteeringElectricCable & Electric
Wireless Remote
Variable Speeds
Use InFreshwaterFreshwater

Different Motors

The Ultrex comes in two different power versions:

  • 80lb of thrust at 24v
  • 112lb of trust at 36v

It uses a fairly standard brushed DC motor, which means you might need to replace the brushes in the future.

Lowrance Ghost uses a brushless DC motor, which can run either at 24v or 36v for more thrust.

That means that you can run it on either two or three 12v batteries. This is great if you have a smaller boat, but plan to upgrade to something heavier.

The advantages of brushless motors include:

  • More efficiency
  • Increased reliability and lifespan
  • Reduced noise
  • Almost no interference (important with fish finders)

Both motors come with a variable-speed controller, which delivers power smoothly forward and in reverse.

They can both run on lithium batteries.

Shaft Options

Both trolling motors are available with very similar shaft choices:

  • the Ghost: 47″, 52″, 60″
  • the Ultrex: 45″, 52″, 60″

Minn Kota offers a lifetime shaft warranty. That means the company will pay for the replacement if it ever gets damaged, no matter how it happens.

Steering

Cable Steer on the Ultrex

What sets the Ultrex apart from most trolling motors is its cable-steer foot pedal.

There is a direct link between the foot pedal and turning the motor. This makes them very responsive and popular with bass fishermen, who need to quickly maneuver around shallow cover.

It is very fast to move your boat around 360 degrees whenever you need it. Also, with a cable-steer, you always know which way the motor is pointing, which is extremely useful.

The Ghost: Electric Steer

The Ghost comes with a foot pedal, but it’s a different type than the Ultrex’s.

Rather than relying on a cable, electric steer motors are controlled by electrical signals sent whenever you push on a pedal or press a button on your remote.

That means there is a slight delay between your input and your motor’s turning.

The electric steer is a matter of preference. If you used a cable-steer foot pedal before, an electric steering system could feel unresponsive.

Wireless Control and Spot-Lock

Both the Ultrex and the Ghost are advanced GPS trolling motors that you can control with a wireless remote.

You can steer them, control speed, spot-lock onto fishing spots, and “jog” in any direction, just by pressing a button.

On the Ghost, spot lock is called Anchor Mode and is very accurate as you can expect from a marine electronics company.

The Ultrex comes with an i-Pilot as standard, but you can upgrade to an i-Pilot Link.

i-Pilot Link can do everything i-Pilot does but offers extra features, including integration with a Humminbird fish finder. Unlike the standard i-Pilot, i-Pilot Link comes with a touchscreen remote.

Sonars and Transducers

What’s great about these motors is that the transducers are fully integrated with the lower unit. The wiring runs through the shaft, and the connectors are shielded to minimize interference.

The Ultrex includes a Universal Sonar 2 as standard. As the name suggests, you can use this sonar with various fish finders such as Humminbird, Lowrance, Garmin, and Eagle.

You can upgrade your Ultrex to MEGA Down and Side Imaging for additional features.

The Ghost comes with a Plug-and-Play Lowrance sonar, a nosecone transducer that gives you Lowrance CHIRP sonar and DownScan imaging.

It can be upgraded to include SideScan imaging as well.

Easier Lifting On The Ghost

Minn Kota tries hard to make stowing and deploying their motors as easy as possible.

The Ultrex has a stainless steel nitrogen gas spring which makes lifting and otherwise heavy motor much easier.

The Ghost has a special cable feature that you can pull to easily deploy your motor.

Conclusion

They are both excellent freshwater trolling motors. However, there can be only one winner, and we believe the Lowrance Ghost is a more accomplished product.

The Ghost has an advanced and quiet brushless motor and superb built-in Lowrance transducers with easy fish finder integration.

To many, the only downside of the Ghost is that it’s electric-steer, rather than cable-steer like the Ultrex. However, the input delay is hardly noticeable for most people.

Sources

Lowrance

Minn Kota