What are the differences between i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link?
Are you trying to decide on a new i-Pilot motor but don’t quite clearly understand the differences between i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link? Read on…
Minn Kota’s i-Pilot system is a self-contained GPS navigation system that enables a set of advanced features beyond simple steering and speed. i-Pilot itself does not need to be integrated with anything and works right out of the box. In other words, you do not need a separate GPS receiver or fish finder to make it work; the GPS receiver is installed in the actual motor.
Here are the features included in i-Pilot:
Speed and Steering: Control speed and steering directly from the i-Pilot remote or foot pedal.
Spot Lock: Virtually anchor your boat in place by pressing a button on your remote or foot pedal. The motor will automatically engage to keep you within a few feet of that position at all times, compensating for any wind and/or current. Store up to 16 different spot lock positions.
Jog: Move your spot lock position five feet in any direction by pressing one of the arrow buttons on the remote
AutoPilot: Allows you to travel automatically on a compass heading or fixed navigational course.
Go To: Enables you to direct your motor to travel to one of your stored spot lock positions.
iTracks: Also known as "record-a-track", this features allows you to record and retrace up to 16 different different routes, each up to two miles in length.
Smartphone App: Control basic remote functions on your smartphone via a new app and bluetooth connectivity. Also allows you to download software updates.
This is what the i-Pilot remote looks like:
i-Pilot Link includes all of the above features, but also integrates with your compatible Humminbird fish finder to enable an additional set of features. i-Pilot Link connects from your motor to your fish finder via an included 25’ ethernet cable and with a separately purchased adapter cable.
Here are the additional features included in i-Pilot Link:
Spot Lock: Same as i-Pilot but you can store up to 2500 different spot lock positions.
iTracks: Same as i-Pilot but you can store up to 66 different tracks.
iTrack Offset: Set a predetermined distance from your prerecorded route and your motor will follow the same route at that distance.
Backtrack: Retrace your route in reverse.
Follow The Contour: Follow underwater contour lines. For example, you can direct your motor to follow a route at a 25’ depth.
Contour Offset: Set a predetermined distance from your contour and your motor will follow the contour at that distance.
Circle Mode: Program your motor to circle a spot lock position from a fixed distance.
This is what the i-Pilot Link Remote looks like:
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