OK, I wish someone would have told me the rope is enclosed with no access to replace it when it breaks. Trust me, it will break, usually at a very bad time. There is nothing in the manual about replacing the rope. I have had many Motor Guides over the years and this is the first one to let me down. To bad because it scooted my little 14 foot semi-vee right along. Not much use if you can't raise and retract it. Guess I should have considered a transom mount. Or a Minn Kota.
Also should mention, DO NOT buy the extension handle for this motor. The handle on the motor is triangular shaped, the extension is made for the older style round handle. Way to small for this motor. Might work on a Minn Kota?
See where I am going with this????