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Rhodan Marine is not as well-known as Minn Kota, but we believe they should be. They build powerful motors, their GPS anchor is accurate and reliable, and they have outstanding customer service.

Minn Kota, on the other hand, has been in trolling motor business since 1934. They are the largest player on the market with many models to choose from.

In this article, we discuss the main differences between the two brands.

Let’s get started!

Thrust and Voltage

Minn Kota motors have thrust ranging from 30 lbs at 12 volt all the way to 112lb at 36 volts.

Rhodan Marine now offers three different power options on their trolling motors:

  • 12V – 55lb of thrust
  • 24V – 80lb of thrust
  • 36V – 120lb of thrust

If you’re after the maxium thrust for your boat, Rhodan’s 120lb motor is slightly more powerful than Minn Kota’s 112lb.

As for the number of required batteries – for 60 lbs of thrust or less, you’ll need a single 12V battery. 70 to 100 lbs of thrust will require 2 batteries (24 Volts), and above 100 lbs of thrust, you’ll need another battery for 36 Volts in total.

Both Rhodan Marine and Minn Kota offer variable speed motors.

They draw less power than those without it, especially at lower speeds. No energy is wasted, and you get more run time off your battery.

Steering Options

Rhodan trolling motors have electric steering systems. They are controlled by an electrical signal sent whenever you push on a pedal or press a button on your remote.

There is a slight delay between your input and your motor’s turning. The benefit to it the electric steer is that you can control the motor with a remote from anywhere on a boat. It can also control itself using GPS features, for example, to stay on the same spot (GPS anchoring).

Minn Kota offers models with all kinds of steering found on trolling motors: cable, electric and hand or tiller.

Minn Kota Ulterra, Terrova, and PowerDrive are all examples of electric steer motors.

A cable-steer motor such as the Ultrex has a direct link between the foot pedal and turning the motor. This makes it very responsive and popular for bass fishing.

Available Shaft Lengths

Choosing the proper shaft length is important—if it’s too short, the prop won’t be sufficiently submerged. It can lead to prop ventilation, which means you will lose thrust and create noise that can spook fish.

Minn Kota’s shafts come in lengths ranging from 30″ to 87″.

Rhodan Marine offers the longest shaft of 96″. It’s a great choice for any boat with a high bow, or if your bow tends to move up a lot, especially when loaded with people and gear.

Spot-Lock Comparison

Spot-Lock or GPS anchoring is one of the most important features of a trolling motor.

Rhodan motors have a reputation for a very accurate and reliable GPS anchor mode. (Spot-Lock)

Some of Minn Kota’s trolling motors used to have issues with Spot-Lock. However, for the past few years, we hear nothing but good things about both accuracy and reliability.

Wireless Remote

Rhodan and Minn Kota trolling motors can be controlled remotely. What differs is how you do it.

Rhodan has a simple remote, Minn Kota offers a more sophisticated i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link remotes, which are easy to read and packed with features.

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.

Stow and Deploy

Rhodan trolling motors have a manual stowing and deploying system, which many people like for simplicity and reliability.

Minn Kota has various models operated manually with a lift-assist mechanism. However, with the Ulterra they went one step further.

Minn Kota Ulterra offers a 100% automatic stow, deploy and trim system for your motor. All you need to do is to press a button on your remote or the foot pedal.

This system is more complex and gets stuck sometimes. However, for those who have been using and loving it, there is no going back to the hassle of manually putting a motor up and down.

Saltwater Capability

These trolling motors are specifically designed for saltwater and brackish environment. They make use of strong marine-grade materials that protect your motor and its electronics from the damaging effects of salt water.

Minn Kota’s saltwater motors are built with premium-grade alloys, coated with zinc, and painted with corrosion-resistant polyester paint. They are painted white and include the following models:

  • Riptide Ulterra
  • Riptide Terrova
  • Riptide PowerDrive
  • Riptide Fortrex
  • Riptide Maxxum
  • Riptide Edge

All Rhodan trolling motors are saltwater-capable and come in black as well as white.

Both Rhodan Marine and Minn Kota’s Riptide motors come with a sacrificial anode fixed to the prop. This will ensure your motor will last much longer. The anode is made of material that prevents your motor from rapid rusting.

Built-in Transducers

Minn Kota offers two types of built-in transducers: MEGA Imaging and Universal Sonar 2.

They are fully integrated with the lower motor section, which means there are no additional cables or connectors involved. The wiring runs through the shaft, and the connectors are shielded to minimize interference.

MEGA Down Imaging is available on Ultrex, Ulterra, Terrova, and Fortrex, whereas MEGA Side Imaging is available on Ultrex and Ulterra.

Unfortunately, Rhodan motors don’t have built-in transducers.


Although prices vary from model to model, a Rhodan trolling motor is likely to be more expensive than a Minn Kota model with a similar thrust.

Warranty and Service

One of the biggest advantages of Minn Kota over Rhodan is their large service provider network. If you need any work done on your motor, chances are you can easily find a shop nearby.

Rhodan is a much smaller company but has a reputation for outstanding warranty and customer service.

From what we hear, they are easy to deal with and offer quick turnaround times.


So which brand should you go with? Rhodan or Minn Kota?

Our view is that the Minn Kota offers more accomplished products to choose from.

However, if you don’t need cable-steer or auto-deploy, or a fancy remote, you will love your Rhodan trolling motor and the excellent service it comes with.