Fishing & Boating News

Minn Kota® Unveils Enhanced i-Pilot® and i-Pilot® Link™

by: Jim Edlund, Traditions Media, LLC

Photo by courtesy Minn Toka
(Jul 18, 2016 - Racine, WI)

Minn Kota® changed fishing permanently with the introduction of the original GPS-based trolling system. Anywhere there is water, anglers can use i-Pilot® or i-Pilot® Link™ systems for easier boat control and positioning, so they can focus their attention on bait presentation and catching fish.
 
At this year’s ICAST, Minn Kota unveils innovative enhancements to i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link systems, including all-new remotes and the most accurate Spot-Lock ever, making them even more powerful and versatile.
 
 
 
 
i-Pilot System Features:
    •    Remote: Larger LCD screen and more intuitive controls
    •    Reinvented Spot-Lock: New hardware and software algorithms combine to create the most accurate electronic GPS anchor ever
    •    Jog: Move your current Spot-Lock position 5 feet to the left or right, forward or backward, with the simple push of a button
    •    Bluetooth® Wireless Communication
    •    Phone App: Trolling motor controls and software updates (iOS and Android)


iTrack Record/Playback
Advance AutoPilot
Cruise Control
CoPilot
 
 
 
All new i-Pilot Link systems will include:
 
    •    Remote: Compact design with larger full-color touchscreen LCD
    •    Reinvented Spot-Lock: New hardware and software algorithms combine to create the most accurate GPS anchor ever
    •    Jog: Move your current Spot-Lock postion 5 feet to the left or right, forward or backward, with the simple push of a button
    •    Phone App: Trolling motor controls and software updates (iOS and Android)
    •    Circle: Select a position, dial in an offset distance, and travel around your selected location in a circular direction at the speed of your choice
    •    Virtual Remote: Control speed, steering, Spot-Lock and Advanced AutoPilot directly from your Humminbird® (Ethernet models)


Follow the Contour and Contour Offset
BackTrack
Go To
iTrack Record/Playback
Advance AutoPilot
Cruise Control
CoPilot
 
 
 
The new i-Pilot Link remote includes:
    •    Compact, soft-grip design that fits better in the user’s hand
    •    Large, full-color, sunlight-viewable LCD screen
    •    Dual Interface Control
    •    Touchscreen user interface with intuitive, customizable menu
    •    Full function keypad control
    •    Integrated, rechargeable battery, with an anticipated battery charge of approximately one fishing day
    •    Waterproof
    •    The new i-Pilot remote includes:
    •    Rugged, soft grip design
    •    33% larger, full sunlight-viewable LCD screen
    •    New soft keys for easier and expanded menu navigation
    •    Power supplied by 3 x AAA batteries, with an anticipated battery lifetime of approximately one fishing season
    •    Waterproof
 
Bluetooth wireless communication between a remote and the trolling motor controller is at the heart of all i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link systems. New Bluetooth-enabled i-Pilot and
i-Pilot Link systems will extend Minn Kota trolling motor controls to a phone app, including:
    •    Most-used motor controls
    •    Steering
    •    Prop on/off
    •    Prop speed
    •    High-speed bypass
    •    Spot-Lock
    •    AutoPilot
    •    Compatible with Android and iOS devices
    •    Software updates
    •    Wireless product registration
 
New factory-installed i-Pilot systems will be available on new Minn Kota Ultrex, Ulterra, Terrova and PowerDrive bow-mount trolling motors, as well as Riptide Ulterra, Riptide Terrova and Riptide PowerDrive, for saltwater environments. Likewise, new i-Pilot Link systems will be available on UItrex, Ulterra and Terrova bow-mount trolling motors, as well as Riptide Ulterra and Riptide Terrova in a variety of shaft lengths and prop thrust levels. Products will be available in late fall, 2016.
 
About Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Outdoors  and consists of the Minn Kota®, Humminbird® and Cannon® brands. Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as offers a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Humminbird is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fishfinders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products. Cannon is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.