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Hey everybody just wondering if anybody has put one of these on their microskiff and if so which is better and why. I have a 13 1/2 ft micro and am thinking of getting one of these two. right now I'm leaning towards the terrova since it seems to be easier to drop in the water or stow away and weight distribution on my skiff is critical so moving up towards the bow and less push or pull to put the terrova in or out of the water would be easier but wondering if the xi5 would be fine since they make one with a 48" shaft instead of the 54" from the terrova
 

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I have the Terrova 12v 55lb with a 54” shaft on my Beaver Tail Mosquito. Holds the boat in strong current extremely well. Spot lock is very accurate. Once it finds its location, which takes a few seconds, the boat doesn’t move at all. Dropping and stowing is super easy with the lift assist.

If you don’t need the longer 54” shaft, I believe you can take it to a Minn Kota dealer and have it shortened.

Hope that helps
 

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I've always ran Minn Kota but I'm getting a new boat and went with Motorguide xi5. Mainly because the motor is quieter to me. But I think apples to apples both don't have many flaws. I do agree about the fangs on the xi5, not too crazy about those. I always go short shaft because I rarely need to TM to run deep cause I fish shallow so the short shaft helps. When it's deployed there isn't a TM head staring you in the face just about.
 
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The Xi-5 has the ability to use foot control also. The Minn Kota uses a plug and play foot control and the Xi-5 is wireless.
I own the Xi-5 and the foot control. My buddy has the Minn Kota. I prefer his foot control but otherwise it's a toss up
 

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Motor guide, though the minn kota has a couple advantages in my opinion. I currently own both, the xi5 on my action craft, the minn kota on my sm heron 16. Pros for xi5-quieter, cheaper, my experience with customer service was very good, much smaller and lighter remote.
Pros for minn kota--little more durable(paint seems to stay on better than my xi5), easier to deploy, I like the color better.
That being said, I have owned the Xi5 for much longer. It has been used and abused for 5 years, with only one real issue. My motherboard went out 3 months out of warranty and they still fixed for free. And replaced my parts that were missing paint.
My 0.02. Good luck!
 
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