The New Minn Kota i-Pilot Heading Sensor
Starting with the 2017 model year, most Minn Kota i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link trolling motors will feature a new and separate hardware device called a ‘heading sensor’. The heading sensor, shaped like a small smoke detector, is in fact a digital compass that communicates with the trolling motor via Bluetooth and enables the motor to keep track of its actual heading. This in turn enables the new ‘jog’ feature, or the ability for the motor to jog your boat five feet at a time in any direction you choose.
Installation is simple: The sensor mounts anywhere on your boat from bow to stern, as long as it’s parallel to the centerline/keel and not enclosed. Power comes from wiring it into one of your 12 volt batteries and it communicates with the trolling motor via Bluetooth. It’s also advised not to install it next to anything metal that could interfere with the compass functioning (don’t worry, aluminum boats are fine). Click here for installation details.
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