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Control speed of Minn Kota Trolling Motor - mattjm - 2020-06-25

I'm looking for a way to contol the speed of a Minn Kota RT80EM, this is an 80lb electric motor that is engine mounted to the cavitation plate of my outboard and has a simple rotary control of speed in forward/reverse. I already have Lowrance Autopilot and HDS so in that sense steering control is aready taken care of. What i would like, is to be able to control the speed of the electric motor to the point I could hold a position i.e spot lock. Is this possible?


RE: Control speed of Minn Kota Trolling Motor - seandepagnier - 2020-06-26

basically no.

These motors draw more current than my controller can supply. There is also no algorithm for what you are asking. To do this, the autopilot would need to control speed and direction, so it would need two outputs, and this is not implemented yet.


RE: Control speed of Minn Kota Trolling Motor - mattjm - 2020-06-26

(2020-06-26, 01:58 AM)seandepagnier Wrote: basically no.

These motors draw more current than my controller can supply.   There is also no algorithm for what you are asking.   To do this, the autopilot would need to control speed and direction, so it would need two outputs, and this is not implemented yet.
Isn't the output current meaningless if the software can controll the speed via PWM or simply on/off via a suitably rated SSR


RE: Control speed of Minn Kota Trolling Motor - rastam4n - 2020-06-26

I think you would need 360deg steering as well wouldn’t you?
I love the idea of being able to take any base electric motor and give the features of the top line models especially on a diy budget.
Great idea!


RE: Control speed of Minn Kota Trolling Motor - mattjm - 2020-06-26

(2020-06-26, 02:57 PM)rastam4n Wrote: I think you would need 360deg steering as well wouldn’t you?
I love the idea of being able to take any base electric motor and give the features of the top line models  especially on a diy budget.  
Great idea!
That would be the ultimate end goal for wider application but as a start for what I need it would just be speed control. My steering would be taken care of Seperately by the lowrance autopilot.