If space for the foot controller is a concern, I have one of the Minn Kota models with the small electric direction pad. It works good for me. It is not as precise as a cable driven model, but on my small john boat, it works great. It does have an electric motor that turns the shaft, which does use up battery, and make a little noise. I have 3 Minn Kota's, and I don't have a single complaint.