View Full Version : Possessed Terova

12-20-2017, 08:23 AM
I kicked my Terova up a few notches into "10". Really wasn't going far, maybe 200 yards total while on "10".

I had just made some minor direction corrections and about 3 seconds after I let go of my remote, the darn thing takes a sharp right, right towards the sea wall at the back of my property! Holy Cow!

I do have the foot pedal always plugged in (in case my remotes battery dies, which it should not have because the battery was just replaced recently). But the foot pedal was on it's side leaning against the the gunnel. And no, it's face was not touching anything. Plus, the Terova was not on Auto Pilot. So I have no idea why this happened.

So there I go, heading straight towards the sea wall with remote not responding. I moved quick as I probably ever have. I grabbed the head of the Terova, and picked the whole thing up and out of the water, but I still hit the sea wall and broke the transducer off the bottom. I still have to go out and look closer (in the day light) to see if the housing or shaft has any damage.

This thing had a mind of it's own. It was possessed! Just turned right while running at top speed, crashing into sea wall! Unreal.

Ever happened to anyone else?

12-20-2017, 08:24 AM

12-20-2017, 08:53 AM
I have had my v2 Ipilot go wacko a couple of times and had to even unplug it once then plug it back in to get it straightened out. I am thinking the gps goes wacko for some reason on its own is the only thing I can figure out. You have to react fast when it does happen to keep from snapping wires or tearing things up. Itís only happened a couple of times on me. I also get a rush when the battery goes dead in your. Remote and the trolling motor keeps on running while you quickly change the battery out or you have to unplug the trolling motor and shut down as I donít have the foot control to rely on for control. I keep a couple of batteries in different places on the boat to quickly grab and change out as well.

12-20-2017, 09:00 AM
I'm like cevans, I think it's in GPS. This is just my opinion but I think when you put it on 10 it causes a voltage drop on the control boards, then GPS goes brain dead and it will take off. Mine has done that a couple of times and unplug and plug back in solves it. It's hard not to panic when it happens though. Hopefully you didn't damage anything else.

12-20-2017, 09:14 AM
I have even paid attention, looking around and scoping my surroundings around me, thinking maybe some kind of electrical interference was affecting the gps, but to no avail in figuring out the sudden behaviors as to why the trolling motor would go wacko. It’s only happened a couple of times, as I primarily fish longlineing jigs or cranks and occasionally jig fish stationary. I also wonder, on the front of my boat, having 2 depth finders running, sometimes iPhone is super close by as well as sometimes a iPad, is there a problem with too much electrical interference in a 3-4 ft dia. area maybe causing this? I don’t know myself.

12-20-2017, 09:14 AM
No, I have not had that problem and hope I do not!! Sorry for you.

12-20-2017, 09:26 AM
I hear y'all about the GPS freaking out. And I've had it freak out while going under a bridge and such, but the auto pilot was off. I guess I could see the low voltage making it freak out somehow. hmmmm

Also, stupid me. Now that I look back at what happened. Heck, I picked up the motor head. I coulda just turned it back to open water. Instead I tried to pick it up and out of way and catch the sea wall. oh well. I just checked, and at least it's only the transducer that broke. Oh well, I think I'll just cut that ducer off, don't use it anyway.

12-20-2017, 09:56 AM
I've had it happen to me as well. The remotes are also prone to going haywire. If memory serves me, the reset procedures for the remote is to put the battery in upside down and then press a few buttons.

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12-20-2017, 10:04 AM
I have 2 remotes and every ice out when I first get out to fish, I change out the batteries whether they need it or not just to start the fishing season out as well.

12-20-2017, 10:06 AM
I have had my ultera just stow it self for no reason while long lining that is fun when it does it a couple times.

Erin Brewer
12-20-2017, 10:12 AM
My terrova has gone nuts before and I dont have gps on it. One day I put the tm in the water and turned around to grab my rods and start putting them out heard it making a noise and turned back around to the tm and it had turned all the way around several time wrapping the cord up around the shaft and even ripped my transducer wire. Thankfully it has only happened once. Transducers are expensive haha and mine is foot pedal only no remote.

12-20-2017, 10:14 AM
No direct experience, but since you were running on 10, I'd lean towards one of the earlier comments. Probably a low voltage condition at the control head since you also said the remote would not respond. Motor probably went to it's "home" position, and kept running at whatever speed it was at when it lost it's mind. I play with electronics, and I've seen some crazy things happen during low voltage conditions. Let's hope it was just a fluke, and glad not too much damage.

Cane Pole
12-20-2017, 11:02 AM
I remember this! Fits the occasion.


12-20-2017, 11:02 AM
Not exactly the same scenario but since I have owned mine (about 3 years now) every time I have the "cruise control" and push the directional lock button it always kicks the speed way up. For instance if the TM speed is locked in on say 1 1/2, as soon as I hit the directional button it jumps to like 4....which of course throws the cruise speed way off. It will eventually go back down but it takes a good 30 seconds to a minute to do so...which is a pain. So now I have found that if I do it in reverse order and set the direction first, then the cruise it tends to work better.....but not always.

12-20-2017, 01:06 PM
Same thing happened to me and not long after the control board went out

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12-20-2017, 01:08 PM
No cruise on, no auto pilot on. Just jack rabbit button pressed. Nothing else. And it does a 90 on its own into sea wall! Surprise surprise. Coulda been worse.

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Just Steve
12-20-2017, 02:47 PM
Wicklundrhís Dad had the same issue with his TM at this springs fish camp.....and I think it was brand new.

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12-20-2017, 03:59 PM
I am chalking that up to operator error until I can test it! He doesn't even have fish slime in that boat yet.

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12-20-2017, 03:59 PM
The Russians did it.....

12-20-2017, 04:35 PM
Call Ghostbusters!!!:Rofl

12-21-2017, 12:00 PM
Back when I had the Terrova, every once in a while it would go crazy!! I would disconnect the 12V power and reconnect and it would work perfectly for weeks. Mine had the ipilot Link.

12-22-2017, 12:16 AM
Did you accidently activate anchor and have a position at the sea-wall stored in memory?

12-22-2017, 06:55 AM
Did you accidentally activate anchor and have a position at the sea-wall stored in memory?I did not hit any buttons by accident for fact. I was not bending over, moving around, nothing. I watched it all happen right in front of me. I was 50 ft from my boat house, ready to shut it down.

12-22-2017, 08:26 AM

12-22-2017, 06:54 PM
Ouch! Sorry to hear that. Most importantly, you are okay.

12-22-2017, 07:02 PM
Ive had the same happen with my terrova, tried shutting down with remote and unresponsive, so did the first thing i could think of, unplug the zombie evil thing. Luckily it didnt keep going after i unplugged it or i wouldve jumped out of the boat.