The Terrova comes in three power options to suit almost any boat out there: 55, 80 and 112 pounds of thrust. It is one of the most popular trolling motors on the market and it’s easy to see why.
Minn Kota Terrova combines reliability with advanced GPS features (i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link).
Today we discuss all Terrova models made after 2017, specs and features to see why anglers love them so much.
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Minn Kota Terrova Models Compared
|Pricing||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Thrust||55 lb||80 lb||112 lb|
|Shaft||45", 54"||45", 60", 72"||60", 72"|
|Steering||Electric Steer||Electric Steer||Electric Steer|
|Max Amp Draw||50A||50A||46A|
|Weight||52-56 lb||55-76 lb||62-74 lb|
Motors and Voltage
Minn Kota offers Terrova in three different thrust variants:
- Terrova 55 is powered by 12 volts and is recommended for small freshwater boats under 2500 lbs and 17 ft long.
- Terrova 80 (24v), for boats under 3500 lbs and 19 ft
- Terrova 112 (36V), suitable for larger boats over 4500 lbs and 22 ft
All motors come with the Digital Maximizer, or a variable-speed motor controller, which delivers power smoothly forward and in reverse. No energy is wasted, and you get more run time off your battery.
Autopilot allows your trolling motor to steer on its own in the set direction.
Minn Kota’s autopilot makes automatic corrections for wind, waves and current.
It uses a compass to keep a steady heading and can be used in many ways, for example, trolling along a shoreline, a ledge, or shelf.
i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link
i-Pilot is GPS trolling motor system that you control with a wireless remote.
You can steer, control speed, spot-lock onto fishing spots and more, just by pressing a button on the remote.
i-Pilot comes as standard on both the Terrova, but you can upgrade to 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.
i-Pilot is GPS trolling motor system that you control with a wireless remote.
You can steer, control speed, lock onto fishing spots and more, just by pressing a button on the remote.
i-Pilot can be confused with i-Pilot Link, which can do everything i-Pilot does but offers extra features, including integration with a Humminbird fish finder. We’ll discuss those further down, so read on.
Spot-Lock is the most popular feature on i-Pilot. It lets you GPS anchor your boat at a click on a button.
This feature uses a heading sensor to move your spot five feet in any direction. Very handy.
Newer i-Pilot trolling motors, such as the Terrova made after 2017, have Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can control or anchor your motor using your smartphone or tablet.
Through the app, you can also update your trolling motor to the latest firmware so that you can get the most of it.
This feature lets you create your best trolling paths in your i-Pilot system. Your motor can then retrace those paths and take you back to your most productive spots. Each track can be 2 miles long at maximum, and you can store 16 of them.
This feature allows you to go back to any Spot-Lock or iTrack you created in the system. You pick one, press the “Go To” button, and your motor will take you there.
With i-Pilot Link you get all the features of the standard i-Pilot and the ability to integrate it with a Humminbird fish finder.
Unlike the standard i-Pilot, i-Pilot Link comes with a customizable touchscreen remote.
Here is what it can do:
Humminbird Virtual Remote
It lets you control your trolling motor’s steering and speed directly from your fish finder screen. You can Spot-Lock, go to Humminbird waypoints and even automatically follow depth contours.
As the name suggests, this feature allows you to move in a circle once you pick the spot and the distance from it. (the radius of your circle)
You can use a LakeMaster or AutoChart Live map to automatically follow a depth contour, vegetation, etc. You can also set an offset to tell your motor how far from the contour you want to be.
i-Pilot Link can automatically retrace the current i-Track up to 2 miles.
You can combine past Spot-Locks and waypoints to make a custom route.
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.
You can steer both trolling motors either with a foot pedal or the i-Pilot remote.
The steering is fully electric. There is no physical connection between the pedal and the steering mechanism.
The foot pedal lets you control the motor from anywhere on your boat, thanks to its long 18-foot cord.
Unlike some of Minn Kota’s other trolling motors, it is possible to use the Terrova’s foot pedal and the wireless remote (either i-Pilot or CoPilot) at the same time.
The foot pedal on the Terrova is optional. You can order it together with your trolling motor, or upgrade it later. It’s easily available online.
Sonars and Transducers
Both trolling motors include a Universal Sonar 2 as standard, but you can upgrade to MEGA Down and Side Imaging for additional features.
Universal Sonar 2
As the name suggests, this sonar is compatible with various fish finders such as Humminbird, Lowrance, Garmin, and Eagle.
What’s great about it is that the transducer that is fully-integrated with the lower unit.
The wiring runs through the shaft and the connectors are shielded to minimize interference.
These built-in transducers send images directly to your Humminbird fish finder. They are fully integrated with the lower motor section, which means there are no additional cables or connectors involved.
MEGA Down Imaging is available on the Terrova only as an option.
The composite shaft doesn’t rust or corrode, it is sturdy enough and yet allows for some flexing.
Minn Kota offers a lifetime guarantee on their shafts. If you break it, no matter how, Minn Kota will replace it free of charge.
Keep in mind that the Terrova doesn’t have a break-away mechanism that will protect the shaft in case of hard impact.
The Riptide Terrova is the saltwater version of the same trolling motor.
Minn Kota’s Riptide motors use marine-grade materials that protect your motor and its electronics from the damaging effects of salt water.
They are built with premium-grade alloys, coated with zinc, and painted with corrosion-resistant polyester paint. The electronics in the motor’s head are sealed.
The Riptide Terrova comes with a sacrificial anode fixed to the prop. This will ensure your motor will last much longer. The anode is made of a material that prevents your motor from rapid rusting.
Stow, Deploy, And Trim
The Minn Kota Terrova requires minimal effort for stowing, thanks to the spring-loaded mechanism which supports it. There is a safety switch that automatically disconnects the motor from the battery when the motor is stowed.
The motor can be easily lifted with only one hand.
To adjust the depth of the motor (trim), you will need to undo the collar on the shaft on the motor.
The smallest motor of the Terrova family is powered by 12 volts, which means it needs only a single marine battery.
The Terrova 55 is the perfect size for small boats under 2,500 lbs. It uses only one battery to save weight and space and comes with advanced i-Pilot features as the more powerful models.
If you have a light jon boat or bass boat, 55 pounds of thrust will be plenty.
However, if you plan to upgrade your boat into something bigger, consider more powerful options:
The most popular Terrova model has 80 pounds of thrust, suitable for boats up to 4,000 lb of displacement.
The Terrova 80 has a more efficient 24-volt motor and two batteries will give a longer run time.
It’s the perfect power option for medium-sized boats. A two-battery setup is also lighter, simpler and easier to charge.
If your boat is large, you should really consider the Terrova 112. It needs three 12v batteries, but its 36-volt motor has significantly more thrust.
The Terrova 112 was designed for heavier boats over 4500 lb, or those who tend to fish in more difficult wind and current conditions.
112 pounds of thrust can also give you peace of mind. It’s easier to control your boat with more thrust and good to know you have that power in case you need it.
What Is In the Box?
Apart from the trolling motor itself, you get the following:
- i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link remote, depending on the model you choose
- Optional foot pedal
- Power Cables
- Mounting Equipment
- Heading Sensor
Verdict: Is the Terrova Worth It?
The Terrova is an excellent i-Pilot trolling motor. It is expensive, but the benefits it brings to the fishing experience are worth it.
Compared to the more expensive Minn Kota Ulterra or Ultrex, the Terrova features a simpler mechanical design, which many anglers see as positive – there is less to go wrong with the Terrova.
In two words: Thumbs Up!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Minn Kota Terrova self deploy?
No, Terrova doesn’t self deploy. There is a spring-loaded lift assist, but you still need to do it manually. If you want a self-deploying trolling motor, have a look at the Ulterra.
Do all Terrova models have Spot-Lock?
Yes, all Minn Kota Terrova motors come with either i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link, which both have the Spot-Lock function.
Does Terrova have a foot pedal?
Foot pedal is optional on the Terrova, so make sure the model you’re buying has one or buy one separately.
How do I mount the Terrova on my boat?
The Terrova is mounted to the bow of your boat with the bolts and tools that come together with your motor.
What do I need to install the motor?
You will need at least one 12-volt battery, either lead-acid or lithium. The Terrova 80 requires two batteries, and the Terrova 112 – three. We also recommend you install a circuit breaker or fuse.
How long is the foot pedal cord?
It’s 18 feet long.
What is the difference between Minn Kota Terrova and Ulterra?
The main difference is the ability to self-deploy on the Ulterra. If you want to learn more, read our Terrova vs Ulterra article.