Great Lakes Angler Blog

Minn Kota’s i-Pilot Link Provides Unprecedented Boat Control

Monday, July 16, 2012
Share |

RACINE, WI – Continuing the evolution of GPS trolling motor navigation, Minn Kota’s i-Pilot Link leverages the technologies of Humminbird and LakeMaster to achieve new levels of boat control. i-Pilot Link utilizes GPS technology and Ethernet connectivity to enable communication and functionality between select Minn Kota motors, select Humminbird fishfinders, and LakeMaster digital GPS maps.

“i-Pilot Link is an amazing new technology that directly benefits anglers,” Minn Kota Senior Product Manager Dave Maryanov said. “The ability to store and record location data on the fishfinder, and the ability to have the trolling motor use that data for automatic navigation, is something that fishermen have been asking for. Now with i-Pilot Link they finally have it.

The interconnectivity between technologies allows for simple, push-of-a-button operation from either the i-Pilot Link wireless remote or the Humminbird fishfinder, and supports i-Pilot Link’s many exciting new features.

i-Pilot Link’s unique Follow the Contour feature directs the trolling motor to follow a specific depth contour that is displayed on a LakeMaster digital GPS map. The chosen contour line can be automatically followed in either direction. In addition, anglers have the option to offset a certain distance from a chosen contour line allowing them to present the bait to a specified depth. Follow the Contour can also be offset from the shoreline so anglers can automatically follow a path at a set distance from shore.

The Go To feature steers the boat to specific locations such as waypoints, Spot-Locks and iTracks. These locations can be recorded either from the fishfinder or from the remote. Up to 2,500 waypoints and Spot-Locks, and 50 iTrack locations can be stored in the fishfinder.

Spot-Locks are locations that have been recorded and stored using the Spot-Lock feature on the i-Pilot Link remote or Humminbird fishfinder. When activated, Spot-Lock works like an electronic anchor by keeping the boat within a five-foot radius of the selected spot. If the boat drifts more than five feet from the Spot-Lock location, the trolling motor is activated to bring the boat back into position.

iTracks are specific trolling motor paths (up to two miles in length) that have been recorded and stored so they can be re-tracked upon request. Anglers can record productive trolling paths such as weed lines, shorelines and river beds then automatically retrace them at any time with i-Pilot Link’s iTrack feature.

New features on the i-Pilot Link are all in addition to the classic functions of the original i-Pilot, including:

Cruise Control: maintains real-time on-the-water boat speed in one-tenth mile-per-hour increments. This precise speed control allows the angler to dial in bait presentations in trolling applications.

Advanced AutoPilot: utilizes GPS technology to maintain the boat path on a true heading while adjusting for wind, waves, current and side-drift. This results in improved and more accurate tracking compared to traditional compass-based systems. An Advanced AutoPilot heading can be set from the i-Pilot Link remote or directly from the Humminbird fishfinder.

CoPilot: Minn Kota’s wireless trolling motor control system that is integrated into the i-Pilot Link remote control. Anglers can control speed and steering from anywhere in the boat.

The i-Pilot Link remote features a full-color graphic LCD screen to display GPS signals, remote battery charge, prop status, current function and user menus. The remote also displays important data such as water depth and temperature. Most i-Pilot Link functions can be activated on the waterproof remote or with the Humminbird unit. The remote includes a rechargeable Li-ion battery.

i-Pilot Link is compatible with Terrova, PowerDrive V2, Riptide ST and Riptide SP trolling motors, and is exclusive for use with most Humminbird models that have Ethernet capabilities. Follow the Contour works exclusively with i-Pilot Link enabled LakeMaster digital GPS maps.

The i-Pilot Link accessory will be available to consumers December 2012 and has a suggested retail price of $799.99. It will also be available on select motors as standard equipment.

Minn Kota will continue to offer the traditional i-Pilot accessory that includes Spot-Lock, Record A Track, Cruise Control, Advanced AutoPilot and CoPilot features.

For more information visit minnkotamotors.com.

Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. consists of the Minn Kota, Cannon, Humminbird and LakeMaster brands.



Recent Posts



Tags

Gene Larew Marine General FLW The Harry Lure Boat names Reese New Zealand radar Telescoping JIggler Long Rod CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS Mosquito repellent Full Throttle Angler 175T SeaEra QC Steve Wood Insurance Lights John E. Phillips Tight Lines Jewelry Multitools DuraSafe Electronics Lock Bass Pro Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Bob Schmidt Traxstech Lures Accon Marine Ethanol Fuel Contaminants Safe boating Muscle Squared 65 Green Bay JVD Air show Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Tyee Fort Wayne, Indiana TRAC Ecological Size limits thieves Fishing Trout Unlimited sunglass Seakeeper gyro Todd Sokolow theft ChartSelect splice BASSMASTER CLASSIC Grunden's inReach Headgear Mystery Tackle Box Sportsman's rights Tommy Skarlis Masters Walleye Circuit Lighting Bristol Bay CMP Global GPS for Lightning Connector Bass Pro Shops Gift Card YUM Dinger Sport Shows Odd'ball Fin Spin Whistler Spoon Rippin Lips Ditty bag Global Spectrum Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing Lowrance WeatherStation YUM Bibs Up Stream Hydration Back Pack dock lines New York boat rental Bheestie Bag Trade Shows Conservation Yamaha MATE USA Indiana DNR ATV Rippin' Lips Jack Links Lock Catfish Soft Jigwobbler EVOLVE FISHING CO Betsy Dollahon CLASSIC cruzin Black Earth Creek jigs B.A.S.S. redfish Brian Brosdahl Marcum Forage Minnow JBL STRATTEC Kevin VanDam Cannon award Deck Plate Technology Sphaera iPad Wild River series Catch & Cook Swedish FireKnife Multi-species USCGA Frabill Costa ABT X-2 Countdown PFDs Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series Homeport Marine Marketing Knife sharpening Aqua-Vu Barry Brown Marine Apps Coleman cooler Scott Martin Brandon Newby trailer tongue weather Earth Day Dave Mull Blog Shoremaster Balog exotic species Bass fishing Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch Niagara Falls Autotether Bait Holder Turning Point Props Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plate Cliff Pace Serious Shine South Haven Boat lifts thieves trailer tongue Dogs Marine NewsWire AKOYA Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Rushton Gregory Hevi-Beads Boga Great Lakes Troller Silver Horde IGFA Streams tackle storage Matt Straw Spreads Audio Chronglobal Launch ramp Soo Locks RAT FINKEE Walleye Lake Ontario Faria Fish America Foundation TRAC OHIO Izaak Walton League Fiberglass tiller Extended Warranty Mack's Lure Mark Chmura Wisconsin MWC Navigation Rapala Mazurek Davis Instruments spreader light National Guard Rods Normark Interlux fitness eZSplice Boating Shipping Video Smart Guide Publications Tides Hobie hardbaits Acme Frigibar mudsnail KVD Speedbag USSA Line Recycle Bin Thermacell Innovative Outdoors Plano Tackle Boxes Endura Okuma Chargers Michigan DNR News/Social Marine Speakers Boating safety Kill switch Lake Superior Traditions VMC Boat Covers High school bass fishing iPilot blue marlin Boats Side Imaging Wedding Ring Moisture Muncher Buff Yamaha ATV Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plates and Kits Olcott, NY Storage On board Milennia MIL-iDock Army Corp of Engineers jeffstackleshop.com Wind Power Lake Erie Orca Fin System Rugged Shark Topwater Scott Glorvigen Chicago barrier Tim Popfinger ASA River Fishing Minn Kota Honda Lund NMEA binoculars Swim bait Legend Extreme Rubrail Water Buddies Tom Neustrom Contest WFN Gear New Lures Holland Ravenswood Media HELLA Ultracoat Radio Ryan Kleckner Princecraft Ultimate Flannel Shirts Michigan Custom Jigs & Spins Tournaments Aqua Vu Snow-Shoe Tip-Up 360 Marsh Madness Rescue Green Bay, Wisconsin Uncle Norm's Pharmaceuticals Soul5 Tackle Labs Iaconelli Knives Monel Metal YUMphibian Lake of the Woods AmVets Quantum spoon BoatUS Gill NA Power Costa Sunglasses GPS Speedometer LakeMaster Western States Version Sunstream Boat Lifts Boat US Sun protection Bug bite relief tree stand injury Oakley Sunglasses Delorme Husky Jerk Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Hunting Bug repellent Minnesota U.S.S.A. MULL BLOG Kurt Mazurek Big Bear Products Jeff Gustafson Boat maintenance Coast Guard Bristol Bay Salmon KVD Speedbag Wormfile Fish Hawk XD4 ODNR iPilot Link Angler Goby Aquatic AV WileyX University of Buffalo Pro Polish Grady-White Triton Boats Mary Snyder Tournament spinning rod Salmon Foul weather gear Brad's KVD Alaskan Evinrude Footwear LCWCC Shoes Prosepec Electronics Mr. Twister PLB Grab Rail Venice, Louisiana Louie Stout Dunkirk, NY Traditions Media LOTSA iPhone Mark Zona Pop-Up LED Bowlights Jerky One-Handle-Does-It-All System Dollohan Humminbird Skarlis MUSHING Tip-Up South Haven, Michigan Cabela's Games Keep Kool Hamlin Personal Flotation Device Oshkosh Reef Runner Costa Del Mar Electronics ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Jeff Wenzel USO Beckson Marine F-Series Storm Gear Northland Z-Man News Bass Michigan City, Indiana 1675 Pro Guide Extreme Baitcast Reel InvisaSnap Wounded Warriors ShowSpan Slender Spoon Absolute Outdoor, Inc. SeaLife Cameras Berkley The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls www.bigweeniebrand.com Lake trout Bait head Titan Chain Batteries Grand Rapids Ultimate Outdoors Show Aluminum Deep V Series Shelter bimini top EZ Dock Camera mount PRADCO Sharpeners USCG Corey Schmidt Sunglasses Vick Oculus Ascend LineGrabber exotic invader clubs Accessories Tackle Bag Speakers Beckson Marine Deck Plate Lakemaster Skamania Mania Spencer Yachts Shurhold Beckson Ice Fishing Gary Giudice SOG Gunnison, CO Strike King toilet Ranger VS1780 Macho Minnow METS Side Thruster Kayaks Youth Kindle book Legend Gold Radial Fishing Clubs Weather Buoy Larson Electronics Ditch Bass Pro Shops Jeff's Tackle Shop St. Croix Rods Wake Fishing Coleman Dan Egan Ranger Rough Weather Hobie Pro Angler Swanson-Russell Walleye tournament Nautical Dave Genz Tracker Marine Flat Slider 75 Lund Boats Rovermax LR 100 Line Bad Elf Owners tournament Mag Light Conservation Marathon Kevin Van Dam Home Port Marine Marketing Alaska Mike Seymour Alabama Rig Torpedo Divers Invasive species Blue Heron Communications LineSnubber Dave Mull Marine Lighting Brown trout EZ BoatPort Raritan Magnum Flow-Troll Promise Keeper Rain gear Volvo Penta Team Aqua-Vu Onyx Safety St. Croix great lakes Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs McMurdo Swim Whizz Evolve Bass lure Free Fishing Weekend Personal Flotation Devices EZ Splice Fasteners Gravity Clam Matt Serbenski Andrew Dordek Mack's Lures Whale Pumps 580P lenses Marine Radio Lip-Stix DSC Tools ABT Lake Assault Scholarship Records Future Fisherman Foundation Downriggers Lake Huron La Mar Bethel University Port of Indiana FRIDAY FUNNIES Stabenow yachtpaint.com BOLT Padlock Lead Slide Moor Kayak Muskie Lure Practical Sailor Shock Wave Gary Dollahon Bait Rigs Aqualuma Bro Brosdahl Lake Michigan Mustad Walleyes Ice Features Insect repellent BoatUS Angler PulseTech Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter Chatterbait Ned Rig Asian carp Salmon Unlimited of Illinois Mercury Marine RedHead Rain suit Gull Lake Marine Deep Sea Diver Wildlife Forever Patrick Hurst Optima Ryan Wilson Rig'N Tails Synergy Outdoors Ranger Boats ONIX Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case Andrew Semprevivo Martin-Flory treestand injury Plano Sheldon's BASSMASTER Clay Dyer Black Velvet Glacier Glove Blue Collar Outdoors marlin Fishouflage Manistee Simrad Fiberglass boat Plano Synergy DuraSafe Chaco Crankbait Net Jonathon VanDam Whale Glorvigen NAIFC Championship Airmar Brite Wash Church Tackle Tournament Grade Circle Hooks

Archive