Garmin and Lowrance both about to launch trolling motors

Electric trolling motors have already become highly capable and also often well integrated with some major brand multifunction display systems. But, dang, it looks like the technology is about to experience a major growth spurt when both Lowrance and Garmin introduce their own models at the ICAST fishing show starting on July 9.

In March, Lowrance started teasing its new motor with a YouTube video — sign up for July 9 details here — and then news of the Garmin Force trolling motor got “accidentally” leaked in May when a fishing pro made his first Facebook Live video. The hints are strong that these motors are better or at least more integrated than what’s currently available from Minn Kota or MotorGuide, and that’s a challenge.

I recall how well a Minn Kota i-Pilot worked in a 2010 Miami demo and how well a Lowrance HDS 12 could control a MotorGuide Xi5 in 2015. And Minn Kota’s famous 2018 Ulterra launch ramp video is must see. So what can they do next? Are there lessons from Torqeedo or other electric outboard motors that could be applied to trolling motors, or vice versa? We should know a lot more soon.

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

3 Responses

  1. Colin A says:

    After Torqeedo enter the small electric outboard a decade ago, I have always wondered why the trolling motor manf. haven’t responded. In the same way It’s curious Torqeedo hasn’t gone after the trolling motor market which in NA at least is the largest electric propulsion market. Maybe more players will spur some more innovation. Really it would just be nice if the trolling motor guys started offering units tuned better for things like Dinghy Propulsion.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    So it’s the Lowrance Ghost and the Garmin Force, and the details are out:

    There’s a whole lot I don’t know about trolling motors, but what I notice is that Lowrance is claiming big brushless motor features while Garmin is highlighting the “Sons of Fishes”

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