CoPilot Remote (PowerDrive and Terrova) (2000-2023)


For PowerDrive V2, PowerDrive, Terrova, Riptide SP, and Riptide ST motors, the CoPilot system gives you control of speed, steering and prop on/off. For the Terrova, it also gives you instant access to maximum speed (high-speed bypass) and AutoPilot feature (on AutoPilot-equipped models). It installs easily with plug-n-play design and a receiver that attaches to the right side plate of the trolling motor mount. A plug is also included, allowing a corded foot pedal to be used in conjunction with CoPilot.

Learning a New Remote to CoPilot

Your receiver may learn up to ten remotes. Any additional remotes can be "Learned" using the following steps. This will also work to "Learn" any remote if all remotes are erased from the receiver.

Adding Remotes

  1. Using a small blunt object such as a pen or screwdriver, press and hold the Learn Button located on the side of the receiver. The receiver will emit a continuous tone.
  2. Press any button on the remote. The receiver will beep 4 times confirming that it has “Learned” the remote successfully.


Removing Remotes

  1. Remove power from the CoPilot receiver by disconnecting the Power Cables, or by making sure that the breaker, if equipped, is "off."
  2. Press and hold the Learn Button and power up the CoPilot receiver by reconnecting the Power  Cables, or by making sure that the breaker, if equipped, is "on."
  3. Continue to hold the Learn Button down for 10 seconds. During this time the receiver audio will emit a warble sound, slowly transition to a constant beep and then shut off.
  4. Release the Learn Button and the receiver will reboot. The receiver will emit a 2 second long beep indicating memory is empty. This audio pattern will occur each time the receiver powers up until a
    remote is "Learned."

Changing the Battery in the CoPilot Remote

Both the PowerDrive CoPilot Remote and the Terrova CoPilot Remote use a CR2032 coin cell battery. The steps below will walk you through replacing the battery.

  1. Temporarily ground yourself by touching a grounded metal object in order to discharge any static electricity in your body.
  2. Remove the four screws on the bottom of the remote case.
  3. Separate the case halves to access the circuit board.
  4. To remove the Battery, place the tip of a finger or thumb under the exposed edge of the Battery and pry it upwards.
  5. Install the new battery with the positive (+) side of the Battery facing up and away from the Circuit Board. Ensure Battery is snapped securely in place.
  6. Reassemble the remote. Begin by removing the board from the front of the remote case. This is
    the same board that holds the battery. Leave the Keypad in place on the front of the remote.
  7. Note that the alignment peg in the back of remote case must line up with the corresponding alignment hole in the circuit board. Place the board with the battery facing down on the back of the remote case.
  8. Position the back of the remote case so that the Alignment Peg is towards the top when the remote is laying on a flat surface. Position the front of the remote case so the keypad and the curved buttons are towards the bottom when the remote is laying on a flat surface.
  9. Keep the back of the Remote Case flat. Place the front of the Remote Case, with the Keypad is place, on the back of the Remote Case. Make sure the Case is seated.
  10. Reinstall the four case screws and tighten them as required.

Controlling the Motor

Turning the Prop On and Off

Press the button once to turn the propeller ON; press button a second time to turn it OFF. The button does not need to be held down.

Increasing and Decreasing Speed

Pressing and releasing these buttons causes the speed to increase or decrease by one level. The speed is adjustable from level 0-10. At level 0, the prop will not turn.

  • In audio mode 2, an audible beep is heard for each step change in speed. Attempting to go higher than speed 10 or lower than speed 0 will result in the speed not changing and no beep will be heard. See the Audio Mode section below for more information.
  • If the receiver senses no foot pedal or remote operation for 1 hour, the remote speed setting is automatically set to zero. This helps prevent unintentional activation of the propeller if the PROP ON/OFF remote button is inadvertently pressed.

Steering Left and Right

The Steering buttons will turn the motor in the desired direction for as long as the button is held down. If a steering button is held for more than seven seconds, the steering will automatically stop until the button is pressed again.

High-Speed Bypass (Terrova CoPilot only)

The High Speed Bypass button is located on the top left side of the remote. It toggles the speed between the current speed setting and the maximum speed setting (level 10). Pressing the button sets the motor  at speed 10 instantly; pressing the button again sets the motor speed back to the previous speed setting.

AutoPilot (Terrova CoPilot only)

The AutoPilot button is located on the top right side of the remote. It functions to turn AutoPilot on or off. The button does not need to be held down. If the motor does not have AutoPilot, the AUTOPILOT ON/OFF button will be non-functional.

CoPilot Audio Modes

There are three receiver audio modes available. The unit is factory set to Audio Mode 2. To switch from one audio mode to another, simultaneously press and hold the increase and decrease speed buttons for one second. The receiver will respond with 1, 2 or 3 audible beeps indicating the corresponding receiver audio mode change.

Range of the Remote

The range of the CoPilot Remote is 30 feet. The range of the remote will be greatly reduced if it is used near or mounted to any metal object including aluminum or steel. It is also recommended that the front end of the remote not be obstructed during use.

Instruction Sheets

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