I have an interesting situation and maybe someone has had a similiar situation and offer some advice. I finally installed and hooked up my MINN KOTA 24 volt power drive trolling motor on the pontoon today. After everything was installed and wired up I went to test the motor and when I fired it up I got a nice puff of smoke out of the rear of the mount. Cut it off of course and took off the cover and it seems as if the control board is defective that was the source of the smoke. The unit will steer left and right and the motor will run at one speed but no speed control at all. only on and off. Now here is the problem, this motor is brand new never been previously mounted until now and has never been in the water. I bought the motor from a guy that had bought it new and kept it for some time but never used it. I do not have any of the warranty paperwork and did not buy it from a dealer. Anybody know whether Minn Kota is one of the companies that will stand behind their new defective product despite me not having all of the paperwork?