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MotorGuide’s new electric trolling motors

Two new electric trolling motors from MotorGuide – the Xi5 and X3 – are now available and people will be able to see them for the first time at the Melbourne Boat Show on the Mercury Stand.


The result of Mercury’s own research and development program, the Xi5 is said to be stealthy quiet, silky smooth and totally reliable with a list of features that will ensure true durability.

The Xi5’s composite shaft should take on any obstruction that gets in its way. It’s bendable, so it shouldn’t break, and is backed with a lifetime warranty.

The Xi5 also has MotorGuide’s ‘Pinpoint’ GPS technology as standard or as an easy upgrade. Pinpoint uses a GPS receiver and precision control algorithms for accurate performance through a compact, easy-to-use remote control.

The motor’s electronics are encapsulated in a high-tech coating to keep out water and dust. There’s also a protection circuit that prevents lower unit damage if the prop is stalled.

The Xi5’s steering transmission is built for long-life with ball bearings to reduce friction and wear, custom seals against water and dust, and an extra-rigid shaft support tube.

Unlike many other trolling motors the new Xi5 includes wireless capability, allowing anglers to operate the motor from anywhere on the boat. Its wireless pedal has a “heel-toe” operation that controls steering.

Digital variable speed control enables low-speed trolling capability and longer run time. By capturing and storing energy that is typically lost as heat, the Xi5’s batteries have longer run times and require fewer recharges. The Xi5 also uses LED lights in the controller so anglers can check the status of four key functions in any light conditions.


The X3 is the latest addition to MotorGuide’s line-up of motors. According to Mercury, the X3 is a versatile motor with durable components, premium features and top performance. The X3 is also competitively priced for anglers. With eight cable-steer foot-operated models and two hand-operated models to choose from, there’s an option for everyone’s fishing style and budget.

The X3’s mount is constructed using rigid aircraft-grade aluminium. The outer shaft is corrosion-resistant stainless steel with a large diameter for added strength while the shaft itself is a premium composite material with a lifetime guarantee against breaking.

Tight-fitting components and fewer metal-to-metal interfaces are said to make the X3 quiet on the water, and while stowing and deploying. A key advancement is new composite locking pins that maintain a tight (and quiet) fit with the mount. Components like precision bearings and locking collar also eliminate shaft clicking.

The X3’s Variable Ratio Steering (patent pending) gives anglers high-response steering and precise boat control. Torque steering feedback is also reduced, making for smoother operation. Plus, premium dual-cable, pull-pull steering is standard.

To check out MotorGuide’s new Xi5 and X3 trolling motors, head to the Mercury Stand at the Melbourne Boat Show.

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