The verdict is in: 2017 Minn Kota Spot-Lock is a major success!
TrollingMotors.net first started shipping the redesigned Minn Kota i-Pilot models in November and we’ve made a point of reaching out and keeping in touch with some of the early purchasers to hear what they had to say. Across the board, feedback is 100% positive on the redesigned i-Pilot system.
Specifically, everyone is reporting that the spot-lock feature, sometimes referred to as anchor lock, is vastly improved. Whereas pre-2017 models sometimes tended to drift as much as 20’ off the spot lock position, and then overcompensate when trying to navigate back to position, the 2017 models are holding their spots with almost no drift! We’ve spoke to at least a dozen fishermen and they all report a variation on the same thing: “The spot-lock really keeps you right on target – incredible!”
Additionally, fishermen are reporting enthusiasm for the new “jog” feature that enables you to move your boat five feet in any direction off a spot lock position as a result of the new ‘heading sensor’. The heading sensor is actually a digital compass, powered by one of your existing 12v batteries, and communicates directly with your motor via Bluetooth. It’s a great tool to chase moving fish, or slowly move along a ledge, or for nearby point-to-point navigation.
The 2017 Minn Kota i-Pilot also comes with increased memory, now allowing you to store up to 16 different spot locks and iTracks. It also features a newly redesigned remote with an expanded screen size and better overall visibility in sunlight.
Minn Kota has been confident about the redesigned i-Pilot, but it’s been great to hear direct feedback from fishermen out on the water actually using these new products.
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