I compared the Ulterra and Rhodan
side-by-side two years ago at the Miami Boat Show. I do not work for nor am I
sponsored by Rhodan and I am a past owner of several MinKota units. I own a
Rhodan mounted on my flats boat and a MinKota mounted on my bass boat now. The
Rhodan was hands down a more solidly built unit in every aspect. I personally do
not see the need for self deployment. However, I think there are great
applications for the technology. For instance, if I were a guide with a raised
helm boat, I’d consider the self deployment feature since one could deploy and
stow while not moving from the helm position. Very useful when jumping from
spot to spot. On my boat, when I use my Rhodan, I’m heading to the bow anyway
so manual deployment is easy and eliminates the deployment/stowage mechanism
which I considered flimsy when I looked.
Doc Stressor said:
I have it on a mount that you can remove it if something happens because there is no way to pull it up if something happens.What kind of removable mount did you use? We put an Ulterra on Snookspanker's boat a few years ago and it failed in the deployed position. The only way to manually pull it back up was to remove the bolts on the side panel, which is something I would not like to do offshore. It was an early model and had the circuit board problems that they have supposable now fixed.