Minn Kota Riptide Fortrex 80, Saltwater, Bow Mount, Hand Control, Trolling Motor with Lift Assist and Bowguard 360° – 24V, 80lb, 52” (#1363640)
The Riptide Fortrex is Minn Kota's saltwater line of Fortrex motors. The Minn Kota Fortrex is the workhorse of the trolling motor world. Built for guides or fishermen who put their motors through the works and depend on them standing up to the challenge. Originally designed for larger boats in open water, these are the toughest motors Minn Kota makes…and that’s saying something. All the power you could ask for, plus a Weedless Wedge 2 Prop to get you into and back of spots no other motor can handle. No matter what the weather conditions or thickness of the weed bed, these motors can take it. If you take on the tough conditions, this is the motor for you.
All Riptide Fortrex motors come standard with a nitrogen-charged gas cylinder spring-loaded Lift Assist mechanism that takes the work out of getting your motor in and out of the water. Deploying is a s easy as releasing the motor and watching it slide gently into the water and stowing is as easy as lifting the tailgate on your SUV. The Riptide Fortrex motor mount is constructed with a one-piece heavy-duty anodized aluminum arm for added strength plus an integrated counter tension stabilizer to keep your motor in place whether it’s stowed or deployed. No side-play, wobble, or bouncing. Less weight, more strength, half the effort, and double the performance. These motors are built to last.
The Riptide Fortrex Lift-Assist Mounting Bracket comes with a stainless steel, nitrogen-charged gas spring that takes 50% of the work out of stowing and deploying. When you deploy, just let go of the motor and Lift-Assist will gradually guide it into the water – quickly, but without impact. And stowing your motor is as easy as the tailgate on you lifting your SUV tailgate. So effortless you can raise and lower your motor with one hand.
Mono-Arm Design - gives the Fortrex bracket a ruggedness and strength, unmatched by any other motor on the water, resulting in less wear, longer life, and quieter operation.
Counter-Tension Stabilizer – Utilizes an integrated spring that applies force whether the motor is stowed or deployed. On the water, that translates to a motor with no play, no give, reduced steering torque and years of silent operation.
Tilt/Extend Tiller featuring an ergonomic grip that can tilt up to 45° and extend up to 6" with variable speed for precise steering and speed control.
Removable Bowguard 360° - breaks away on impact from any direction and automatically resets itself, protecting your motor and your boat, so you can head deep into those tough spots without worry. Plus, the dual bearing system eliminates noise, and it's easily removable.
Digital Maximizer power management system provides up to five times longer run times by drawing only as much power as you need.
Illuminated Directional Indicator so you know right where you’re headed in any condition, day or night.
Realtime Battery Gauge so you always know how much run time you have left on your battery.
Weedless Wedge 2 Prop with swept-back, flared blades to push weeds out of the way without the battery-draining chopping and hacking of other propellers.
Extra-large Windings to dissipate heat, resulting in cooler operation, extended battery power, and longer motor life.
Quieter Bearing System to reduce friction and cut fish-spooking noise.
Advanced Saltwater Corrosion Protection:
Durable saltwater-resistant coating over premium-grade alloys
Fully encapsulated electronics
Sacrificial Zinc Anode
Indestructible Composite Shaft with Lifetime Warranty! Flexes on impact and won't and won't break, kink or corrode.
Two-year factory warranty
Digital Maximizer with variable speed control
2 Year Warranty
Riptide Fortrex Owner's Manual (pdf)