Using the Ulterra QUEST with Advanced GPS Navigation (2023-present)

The Ulterra QUEST is available as a freshwater motor and can be controlled with a foot pedal, Advanced GPS Micro Remote, and Advanced GPS Remote. All Ulterra QUEST motors come with Advanced GPS installed.

Installation Considerations

When installing the Ulterra QUEST, we recommend following the instructions in the Ulterra QUEST Installation Guide. We also recommend a 60 amp circuit breaker. You may also want to consider using a Trolling Motor Plug as it will allow you to easily disconnect your motor from power when not in use or when charging the trolling motor batteries.

  • It is recommended that the motor be mounted as close to the centerline of the boat as possible.
  • Make sure the area under the mounting location is clear to drill holes and install nuts and washers.
  • Make sure the motor rest is positioned far enough beyond the edge of the boat.
  • The motor must not encounter any obstructions as it is lowered into the water or raised into the boat when stowed and deployed.
  • When installing the Ulterra QUEST, we recommend following the instructions in the Ulterra QUEST Installation Guide. We also recommend a 60 amp circuit breaker
    Click here for MKR-27 60 Amp Circuit Breaker purchase options.
  • Consider a quick release or adapter bracket with the installation of your motor. The button below will walk you through selecting the best Quick Release Bracket for your boat and motor.
  • You may also want to consider using a Trolling Motor Plug as it will allow you to easily disconnect your motor from power when not in use or when charging the trolling motor batteries.
    Click here for MKR-28 Trolling Motor Plug purchase options.

Deploy the Ulterra QUEST with the Foot Pedal

  1. Locate the Indicator Panel at the base of the Mount.
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  2. Make sure that the motor is on by checking that the green LED above the System Ready Indicator is on.
  3. On the Foot Pedal, press the Mode Button until the amber LED in the center of the Indicator Panel on the Foot Pedal is illuminated. This puts the Foot Pedal in Ulterra Mode.
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  4. To deploy the motor when it is stowed, double press the Stow/Deploy button.
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Trim the Ulterra QUEST with the Foot Pedal

Once the boat is on the water, it may be necessary to adjust the trim of the lower unit up or down to achieve an optimum depth for motor performance. When setting the depth of the motor, be sure the top of the motor is submerged at least 12" below the surface of the water to avoid churning or agitation of surface water. There will be times when you will need to move your motor up or down depending on how your boat is responding. You can trim up to avoid hitting underwater objects and you can trim down if your prop is coming out of the water.

When trimming the motor using the Foot Pedal, the motor is programmed to operate safely and limit prop rotation when it is within certain limits. The prop will temporarily stop while trimming the motor and resume once trimming is stopped. Trim limits are in place to avoid damage to the unit. An upper trim limit is set 12" from the bottom of the mount to the center of the lower unit. A lower trim limit is set approximately 1.5" from the bottom of the control head to the trim housing. A prop lockout region, defined as 14" from the bottom of mount to the center of the lower unit, is used to eliminate the possibility of the motor contacting the boat hull. All functions, with the exception of manual steer and track record, are canceled upon trimming into this region.
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  • To trim the motor up, press the Trim Up button located on the bottom left of the Foot Pedal.
  • To trim the motor down, press the Trim Down button located on the bottom right of the Foot Pedal.
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Stow the Ulterra QUEST with the Foot Pedal

  1. Locate the Indicator Panel at the base of the Mount.
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  2. Make sure that the motor is on by checking that the green LED above the System Ready Indicator is on.
  3. On the Foot Pedal, press the Mode Button until the amber LED in the center of the Indicator Panel on the Foot Pedal is illuminated. This puts the Foot Pedal in Ulterra Mode.
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  4. To stow the motor when it is deployed, press the Stow/Deploy button.
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Note* - If your motor is stalling at a 45-degree angle when attempting to stow, this indicates that batteries are too low to fully stow the motor. If this occurs, re-engage power, deploy the motor, trim the motor to its highest setting, and turn power off until batteries can be recharged. Once batteries are charged, attempt to stow the motor again

Deploy the Ulterra QUEST with the Advanced GPS Navigation Wireless Remote

  1. Press the Power button.
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  2. Use the Speed Up or Speed Down button to find the motor name, either Instinct or Ulterra.
  3. Press the Steer Right button to select Instinct or Ulterra.
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  4. Press the Steer Right button to select Deploy.
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  5. The Instinct/Ulterra motor will deploy. While the Motor is deploying, it is possible to pause the action. To pause the action, press the Steer Right button to select Pause.
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  6. To resume the Deploy action, press the Steer Right button to select Deploy.
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  7. If the Motor continues, it will complete the deploy process and normal motor operation will follow.

Trim the Ulterra QUEST with the Advanced GPS Navigation Wireless Remote

  1. Make sure that the motor is deployed, and then press the Power button.
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  2. Use the Speed Up or Speed Down button to find Instinct/Ulterra. Use the Steer Right button to select it.
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  3. Once in the Instinct/Ulterra Menu, use the Speed Up or Speed Down button to select Trim Up or Trim Down. Trimming up will raise the motor and trimming down will lower the motor.
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  4. Press and hold the Steer Right button to select it.
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  5. When the motor has reached its highest trim limit, the Prop will be locked out and the Trim Up option will be disabled. The Prop will stay locked out even when the Deployment Menu has closed. Trim the motor down and out of the Prop Lockout zone to restore functionality.
  6. When the lower trim limit is reached, the Trim Down option will be disabled.
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Stow the Ulterra QUEST with the Advanced GPS Navigation Wireless Remote

  1. Press the Power button.
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  2. Use the Speed Up or Speed Down button to find Instinct. Use the Steer Right button to select it.
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  3. Use the Speed Up or Speed Down button to find Stow. Use the Steer Right button to select it.
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  4. The motor will stow. While the Motor is stowing, it is possible to pause the action. To pause the action, press the Speed Down button to find Pause and press the Steer Right button to select it.
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  5. To resume the Stow action, press the Steer Right button to select Stow.
  6. If the Motor continues, it will complete the Stow process and normal motor operation will follow.
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Deploy the Ulterra QUEST with the One-Boat Network App

  1. Open the OBN app on the mobile device.
  2. From the OBN home screen, tap on the Motor menu.
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  3. Before the Motor app home screen will open, select Agree on the on-screen prompt.
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  4. Tap Trim/Stow on the bottom of the screen to open the Trim/Stow/Deploy menu.
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  5. Tap Deploy to automatically deploy the motor. Normal motor operation will follow.
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Trim the Ulterra QUEST with the One-Boat Network App

Once the boat is on the water, it may be necessary to adjust the trim of the lower unit up or down to achieve an optimum depth for motor performance. When setting the depth of the motor, be sure the top of the motor is submerged at least 12" below the surface of the water to avoid churning or agitation of surface water. There will be times when you will need to move your motor up or down depending on how your boat is responding. You can trim up to avoid hitting underwater objects and you can trim down if your prop is coming out of the water.

When trimming the motor using the One-Boat Network app, the motor is programmed to operate safely and limit prop rotation when it is within certain limits. The prop will temporarily stop while trimming the motor and resume once trimming is stopped. Trim limits are in place to avoid damage to the unit. An upper trim limit is set 12" from the bottom of the mount to the center of the lower unit. A lower trim limit is set approximately 1.5" from the bottom of the control head to the trim housing. A prop lockout region, defined as 14" from the bottom of mount to the center of the lower unit, is used to eliminate the possibility of the motor contacting the boat hull. All functions, with the exception of manual steer and track record, are canceled upon trimming into the Prop Lockout Region.
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  1. Open the Motor menu on the OBN app.
  2. Tap Trim/Stow on the bottom of the screen to open the Trim/Stow/Deploy menu.
    • To trim the motor up, press and hold Trim Up . Continue to hold until the lower unit is at the desired height.
    • To trim the motor down, press and hold Trim Down . Continue to hold until the lower unit as at the desired height.

Stow the Ulterra QUEST with the One-Boat Network App

  1. Open the OBN app on the mobile device.
  2. From the OBN home screen, tap on the Motor menu.
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  3. Before the Motor app home screen will open, select Agree on the on-screen prompt.
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  4. Tap Trim/Stow on the bottom of the screen to open the Trim/Stow/Deploy menu.
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  5. Tap Stow to automatically stow the motor. The Prop will be disabled and "Motor Stowed" will display on the screen.
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Stow from the Ulterra Motor

In the unlikely event that your foot pedal, wireless remote or One-Boat Network app becomes non-functioning, you can stow the Ulterra from the base of the motor. Stow from motor.png Warning-During this procedure the motor.png

  1. Locate the Indicator Panel at the base of the Mount.
  2. Make sure that the motor is on by checking that the green LED next to the System Ready Indicator is on.
  3. Press and hold the Power Button located on the Indicator Panel for ten seconds.
  4. The red and green LEDs next to the Status (red) and System Ready (green) Indicators will flash alternately, and the motor will begin to stow.

Foot Pedal Functions

  • Motor Speed
    The Speed Control knob is located on the right side of the Foot Pedal above the and Spot-Lock button. Turn the Speed Knob forward to increase speed and backwards to decrease speed. The Speed Control knob can be set in a range from 0 to 10. Speed can also be adjusted using the remote.
  • Spot-Lock
    The Spot-Lock button is located on the bottom, right side of the Foot Pedal and is labeled with an anchor symbol. When the Spot-Lock button is pressed, the location of the motor is recorded to a temporary memory location. The blue light next to the Spot-Lock label on the Indicator Panel is illuminated when Spot-Lock is engaged. To engage Spot-Lock press the Spot-Lock button, to disengage, press the Spot-Lock button again. When engaging Spot-Lock, a tone will be emitted. When disengaging Spot-Lock with the Spot-Lock button, no tone will be emitted. Steering the motor with the Foot Pedal or adjusting the speed using the Speed Knob will cancel Spot-Lock and a High-Low, High-Low, High-Low tone will be emitted. Spot-Lock can also be controlled with the remote. For more specific directions on how to use Spot-Lock, please refer to either the i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link Manual.
  • Steer Right/Steer Left
    The Steer Right and Steer Left buttons are located at the bottom of the Foot Pedal. They function to steer right and left. Holding the Steer Right or Steer Left buttons down will continue to steer the motor to the left or right. Small steering changes of less than one degree can be made by quickly tapping the Steer Right and Steer Left buttons. The position and direction of the Steering Head directly corresponds to the position of the motor. The direction of the motor can also be controlled with the remote.
  • Prop ON/OFF
    The Prop ON/OFF button is located in the bottom, middle of the Foot Pedal. It functions to turn the Prop on and off. The Prop will turn on when pressure is applied and turn off when pressure to the button is removed.
  • Constant
    The Constant button is located on the left side of the Foot Pedal, towards the bottom, right below the AutoPilot button. It functions to toggle the motor between Constant Motor Operation and Momentary Motor Operation. The green light on the Indicator Panel will be illuminated when the motor is in Constant Motor Operation. In Constant Mode, the propeller will continually run, regardless of whether or not force is being applied to the Momentary button or Prop ON/OFF button. While in Constant Motor Operation, the propeller will run continuously at the speed set by the Speed Control knob, or by the i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link remote. If a propeller encounters an obstruction while either in Momentary or Constant Mode, while the propeller is running, the increased electrical current being generated by the obstruction will signal the motor to decrease the power to the propeller to prevent damage. If the current overload is detected for more than 20 seconds, the prop will be disabled to prevent damage to the motor. In this event, the operator can turn the prop back on after being sure that the obstruction has been cleared.
  • AutoPilot
    The AutoPilot button is located in the middle, on the left side of the Foot Pedal. Pressing the AutoPilot button toggles the feature on and off for motor that are installed with this feature. The red light on the Indicator Panel is illuminated when this feature is engaged. When AutoPilot is initiated from the Foot Pedal, the default AutoPilot mode is determined by the remote. AutoPilot can also be engaged and disengaged using the remote. For more specific directions on how to use AutoPilot, please refer to either the i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link Manual. The AutoPilot Indicator on the Mount will also be illuminated when AutoPilot is engaged.
  • Momentary
    In Momentary Motor Operation, the propeller will only run while downward force is applied to the Momentary button. The Momentary button is on the Toe End of the Heel/Toe Steering pedal. Applying downward pressure to the Momentary button will turn the propeller on. The motor will then run at the speed set by the Speed Knob or remote. Removing downward force to the Momentary button will turn the propeller off. No indicator light is associated with the Momentary button. The Momentary button functions very similar to the Prop ON/OFF button.
  • Heel/ Toe Steering
    Push the Toe End of the Foot Pedal down to turn right and push the Heel End of the Foot Pedal down to turn left. The position and direction of the Control Head directly corresponds to the position of the motor. You must use your foot on the pedal to control the steering direction during manual operation. The direction of the motor can also be controlled with the remote.
  • Steering in Reverse
    The propeller always turns in the forward direction. You can reverse the direction of thrust by turning the motor 180°.

Advanced GPS Wireless Remote Functions
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  • Power & Power Menu
    Press to turn remote on. During operation, press once for power and lighting menu options and SWA and motor controls. Press and hold for 3 seconds to power off.
  • Menu/Back
    Press to move in or out of menu(s). Press and hold to close menu(s) and return to Dashboard.
  • Speed Up & Speed Down
    Press to increase or decrease motor speed. Press to scroll up and down in a menu.
  • Steer Left & Steer Right
    Press to steer the motor to the left or to the right. Press to move left or right in a menu.
  • Prop On/Off
    Press to turn the Prop on and off.
  • Spot-Lock
    Press to enable and disable Spot-Lock.
  • AutoPilot
    Press to enable and disable AutoPilot.
  • Cruise Control
    Press to enable and disable Cruise Control.
  • One-Boat Network Buttons
    Press to enable and disable One-Boat Network (OBN) functions.

Advanced GPS Micro Remote Functions
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  • Decrease Speed & Increase Speed
    Press to decrease or increase motor speed.
  • Prop On/Off
    Pressing this button will turn the Prop on and off.
  • Steer Left & Steer Right
    Press to steer the motor to the left or to the right.
  • Max Speed
    Bypasses the current motor speed to speed 10. Double press to engage. Single press to disengage.
  • Spot-Lock
    Press to enable Spot-Lock. When Spot-Lock is enabled from the Micro Remote, use either the fully functioning standard remote or the fish finder if you want to save it.
  • AutoPilot
    Press to enable AutoPilot. The selection between Heading Lock and Course Lock must be made from either the fully functioning standard remote or the fish finder.

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