Intellisteer

Discussion in 'Boats, Motors, Trailers and Towing Rigs Forum' started by pescador, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    Ive been looking at auto pilots for a while now. I plan over the winter to deal once and for all with the problem of keeping things going in a staight line even in wind and rough seas. I fish the West Coast a few weeks a year and find there you need help steering when the weather is bad and you’ve got your hands full with pulling gear and landing fish. Here in Vancouver it will help when I’m fishing solo. Anyway, I’ve got a 225 hp Yam mated with a 8hp kicker. They are tied together with the SeaStar kicker cable bar hydraulic link system meaning they both turn all the time. While I looked at Tr1 and other autopilots, this Intellisteer seems to be a very good cheap alternative. I understand it’s not a compass driven nav system and it won’t track a specific compass direction. Anyone out there using it? Did you mate it to an autopilot or just use it as is. Would appreciate input and ideas on which models might fit my needs considering I have to steer both motors (means if maybe be I need a larger pump?).
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2017
  2. Samnjoe

    Samnjoe Active Member

    If you are trolling on your kicker then in my opinion the TR1 is the only way to go.
    I have been running one for almost 10 years and I would not fish without one.
    My boat is a Kingfisher 28 with an 8hp Yamaha kicker.
    Also I fish with a group of 5 boats in the 25' to 30' range and all run the TR1 as well.
    Fish a day on a boat with a TR1 and you will agree.
    The ability to hold a heading is critical when fishing solo or in my case when my wife is reading.
    They are also amazing when holding in reverse drifting for bottom fish.
     
  3. Rayvon

    Rayvon Active Member

    I just bought a boat with the TR1 and love it but I didn't know you could backtroll with it.I'll have to read up on it to figure out how.Pescador wants to turn both motors though which the Tr1 is not meant to do.I know why,in strong winds the kicker alone has a very hard time keeping the boat straight.In that situation I plan on leaving the 2 motors connected and steer from helm.
     
  4. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    Well I’ll ask. Can TR1 turn your main and kicker? Or does the main need to be disconnected from your kicker? My specific requirement will be to turn both motors. Which might mean getting an autopilot system for my main which then would steer my kicker. I think I’m getting into $ 4K plus to install that versus Intellisteer’s cost which is well under half that. I want to find the best overall solution.
     
  5. noluck

    noluck Active Member

    i have fished on a boat that the tr-1 did not do a good job at all, maybe it was set up but this guy has tried everything to get it too work right.
     
  6. Rayvon

    Rayvon Active Member

    I can't see anything in my TR1 instructions that say's you can connect it to the main motor.I assume "Intellisteer " would be the same. The kicker reacts quickly to maintain course,I think connecting to the main would slow down reaction time and the hydraulic parts probably aren't built for that much load.Someone can correct me if I'm wrong,I'm very new to the TR1 system.I think you may have to part with more money to get the system you want.Mine works great in good weather though.
     
  7. noluck

    noluck Active Member

    what steering do you have in your boat? rack, rotary, or hydraulic? it will only work with a rack if you want to turn both
     
  8. profisher

    profisher Well-Known Member

    Look at Com Nav pilots, they are the best and just like Scotty they are a local company...Vancouver. I've had the 1420 model for over 20 years and no problems. I have my main and kicker joined by a liquid Teleflex valve which allows me to have the main operate on its own or both motors together by just turning a valve....no rattly tie bar. It works with a traditional tie bar set up as well. It WILL keep a straight heading even in the worst conditions. For outboards you want the rudder follower to be the Teleflex smart stick which has no moving parts.
     
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  9. Samnjoe

    Samnjoe Active Member

    The tr1 steers the kicker only.
    This has never been a problem for me.
    To hold in reverse put the stern to the wind, press and hold the reverse lock button, press and release the auto button, release the reverse lock button. You must have the kicker in reverse first.
     
  10. screaminreels

    screaminreels Member

    I have the intellasteer hooked up to my 225 Suzuki which is tied to my kicker with a bar it turns both no problem love it
     
  11. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    Ok. Good to know. Your setup a fair comparative.
     
  12. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    So will COM Nav steer both the main and kicker simultaneously?
     
  13. noluck

    noluck Active Member

    yes
     
  14. profisher

    profisher Well-Known Member

    Pescador, yes...Com Nav offers many models with many features. All are designed to operate either main outboard and kicker together, I/O and kicker or inboard and kicker. They can also just operate the main if you don't have a kicker. They are a true auto pilot and are the indudsty standard in the commercial fleet. Just like Furuno is the radar of choice for those guys. The 1420 model is a basic model designed for smaller boats with either outboard or I/O applications. You can PM me if you want more info on what system components to look at.
     

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