Using the Bluetooth i-Pilot Remote (2017-2023)

The Bluetooth i-Pilot can be controlled with the Bluetooth i-Pilot remote.

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Power the Remote On and Off

  • Press the OK button once to power it on.
  • Press and hold the OK button for 3 seconds to power it off

Turn the prop on and off

When turning on the prop, the motor needs to be at least 18 inches below the mount. There is a lockout zone to prevent the motor from accidentally turning on and causing damage.

  • The prop can be turned on and off by pressing the prop button.

Increase and Decrease Speed

To increase or decrease your speed with the remote, the motor must be deployed and the prop on.

  • Press the + button to increase your speed.
  • Press the - button to decrease your speed.

Steer the Motor

To steer the motor left or right with the remote, the motor must be deployed.

  • Use the right arrow button to turn the motor to the right.
  • Use the left arrow button to turn the motor to the left.

Spot-Lock

Spot-Lock uses a single point of reference that is recorded when the Spot-Lock button is pressed. The reference point is a set of GPS coordinates based on the location of the motor at the moment the button is pressed

Engage Spot-Lock

  1. Press the Spot-Lock button on the remote.
  2. The information for the temporary Spot-Lock location will show up on the display screen. Use the Menu Up and Menu Down buttons to find the Save softkey label at the bottom of the display screen. To save the Spot-Lock, press the Left Softkey to open the Save menu.
  3. The Save menu brings up a list of Spot-Locks. Use the Menu Up and Menu Down buttons to select one of the Spot-Lock memory locations.
  4. Press the Left Softkey to Save the Spot-Lock into the selected menu location or press the Right Softkey to go Back to the previous screen.

Disengage Spot-Lock

  1. When Spot-Lock is engaged, press the Spot-Lock button to disengage Spot-Lock, or use the Menu Up and Menu Down buttons to find the Cancel softkey label at the bottom of the display screen.
  2. Use the Right Softkey to select Cancel.

Re-engage a Saved Spot-Lock

  1. Manually navigate the boat to within a quarter mile of the saved Spot-Lock location.
  2. Press the GOTO button on the remote
  3. The Spot-Locks menu will appear on the display screen. Use the Menu Up and Menu Down buttons to scroll to a saved Spot-Lock location in the menu.
  4. Press the Ok button to select a saved Spot-Lock location.

Spot-Lock Jog

Spot-Lock Jog is a feature that is only available when the i-Pilot controller is paired with a Heading Sensor.

  1. To engage Spot-Lock Jog, first engage Spot-Lock. The Spot-Lock Jog icon will look like the Spot-Lock icon, but will also have directional indicators.
  2. Use the Speed Down, Speed Up, Steer Left, Steer Right, buttons to move the boat 5 feet in the desired direction from the original Spot-Lock.
  3. The boat will be moved backwards for Speed Down, forward for Speed Up, left for Steer Left, and right for Steer Right, when the corresponding button is pressed in relation to the direction of the boat. Once the boat has jogged to the new location, the new location will be saved into a temporary Spot-Lock Memory and the boat will relate additional jogging with the temporary Spot-Lock location.

Cruise Control

During regular operation of the i-Pilot navigational system, the user can control prop speed. The controller will communicate the speed over ground to the remote and the remote will display it. The speed over ground is the speed that the boat is traveling and will vary based on environmental factors such as wind and current, even if the prop speed remains the same. Cruise Control helps to compensate for the variations in external forces that effect the speed over ground and keeps the boat traveling at an even speed. When Cruise Control is engaged, the current speed over ground becomes the Target Speed. Cruise Control works to control the prop speed either up or down to match the speed over ground to the Target Speed.

Engage Cruise Control

  1. Press the Cruise Control button on the remote.
  2. The Target Speed will appear on the display screen. Press the Speed Down or Speed Up buttons to adjust the Target Speed.

Disengage Cruise Control

  1. When Cruise Control is engaged, press the Cruise Control button on the remote to disengage Cruise Control

Jump To or Set a Cruise Control Preset

  1. To jump to or set a Cruise Control Preset, first engage Cruise Control.
  2. Use the Speed Down or Speed Up buttons to change the Target Speed. While adjusting the Target Speed, the menu at the bottom of the display screen temporarily changes to display two Preset Target Speeds.
  3. While the Presets are showing, press either the Left Softkey or Right Softkey to jump to the corresponding Preset on the display screen.
  4. To save the Preset to a new value, adjust the Target Speed to the desired value. While the Presets are showing in the menu at the bottom of the display screen, press and hold either the Left Softkey or Right Softkey.

AutoPilot

When in AutoPilot, i-Pilot keeps the trolling motor pointed in the direction you want to go. Each time the wind or water current moves the boat off course, the AutoPilot senses the change and steers itself back to the original heading. The AutoPilot direction is set every time a steering change is made. To change direction, steer until the Control Head points to the desired course. AutoPilot will pull the bow of the boat around and correct automatically until the boat is moving in the direction you chose.

AutoPilot Modes

Two different modes of AutoPilot are available, Advanced AutoPilot and Legacy AutoPilot. Both are collectively referred to as AutoPilot. There are distinct differences between the two AutoPilot Modes and how they control your boat. Both Advanced AutoPilot and Legacy AutoPilot are valuable tools the fisherman can use for accurate and precise bait presentation. We highly recommend getting on the water and trying both Advanced AutoPilot and Legacy AutoPilot in various fishing situations and applications. With experimentation and time you will find which AutoPilot Mode works best for you in any given situation.

  • Legacy AutoPilot
    AutoPilot uses an internal compass to provide heading lock. When Legacy AutoPilot is on, it keeps the motor pointed in the same compass direction. If a manual steering correction is made, Legacy AutoPilot locks onto the new compass heading to which the boat was steered. This method of heading tracking does not take into account external forces such as a side wind or currents, which can allow side drift.
  • Advanced AutoPilot
    Advanced AutoPilot not only uses compass heading but also GPS data to correct for cross winds, current and other external forces to keep the boat on the intended course. When Advanced AutoPilot is turned on, it creates a course that is will follow. When the user steers to a new heading, a new course is created. Advanced AutoPilot will keep the boat on the course in most conditions. When very extreme conditions exist such as very strong winds or current, the trolling motor may not have enough power to control the boat smoothly. In these extreme cases it may be best to use Legacy AutoPilot and let the boat move with the wind or current if the motor is not powerful enough to overcome it.

Engage Legacy AutoPilot or Advanced AutoPilot

  1. Press the AutoPilot button on the remote.
  2. The Legacy AutoPilot or Advanced AutoPilot icon will display on the screen.
  3. To adjust the desired heading, manually steer the motor to the new heading. i-Pilot will automatically lock onto the new heading.

Disengage Legacy AutoPilot or Advanced AutoPilot

  1. Press the AutoPilot button on the remote to disengage AutoPilot.

High Speed Bypass

The Motor Speed with High Speed Bypass is set to 10 when engaged and returns to the previously set speed when disengaged.

Engage High Speed Bypass

  1. Quickly double press the High Speed Bypass button on the remote.
  2. The Prop Speed will automatically display 10.

Disengage High Speed Bypass

  1. When High Speed Bypass is engaged, press the High Speed Bypass button on the remote to disengage High Speed Bypass.
  2. The Prop Speed will automatically display 10.

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