looking at adding a autopilot

Discussion in 'Boats, Motors, Trailers and Towing Rigs Forum' started by noluck, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. noluck

    noluck Active Member

    anyone use the si-tex sp-110? looks to be a affordable package
     
  2. profisher

    profisher Well-Known Member

    Take a look at the Com Nav 1420 too...local company that has been the standard in the commercial vessel fleet for decades.
     
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  3. gunnerlove

    gunnerlove Active Member

    So I am looking at an auto pilot as well. From what I can tell $1500 will get you an auto pilot that will happily keep you on course at 3+kts when it is flat out. I troll slower than that and it is usually lumpy out so I (and santa) am looking at $3k for a Garmin with the accelerometers.
     
  4. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    I'd be curious how your Garmin install goes. I'm looking at TR1Gold for my kicker.
     
  5. noluck

    noluck Active Member

    tr1 gold is not all it is cracked up to bee, IMHO
     
  6. ericl

    ericl Active Member

    The TR1 is not a current product. Reviews of the current Garmin are good, but who knows?Reviewers get paid to never say anything bad.
     
  7. pescador

    pescador Well-Known Member

    Would be interested to here from someone then with the new version here on the site. I know someone who uses their old version and is very happy with it.
     
  8. Brian Reiber

    Brian Reiber Active Member

    I too will be looking for an autopilot when I get further along in my project. Does anyone have experience with the systems that can steer the main motor. The videos of the TR1 that I have seem look a little sketchy with the kicker frantically adjusting trying to keep on course in mild weather. I like to tie my main and kicker together but assume you would need an auto pilot that can push both motors.
     
  9. ericl

    ericl Active Member

    Hi Brian. How big is your boat? Are you looking for something that works only when you are trolling? All the AP's I have been looking at plumb into hydraulic steering. I have straight shafts & rudders; two main engines no kicker. The reviews I have read are for boats 30ft or more that troll fast on main engines. With a small prop, I would imagine that the AP might have issues when only using the kicker.
     
  10. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    I purchased a Lowrance GPS/sounder unit with an add on Lowrance for an extra $1200 and it works great!
     
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  11. kaelc

    kaelc Well-Known Member

    Is there a remote fob you can add as well? I've looked adding it to my 2nd Generation. Great to hear a local review.
     
  12. Brian Reiber

    Brian Reiber Active Member

    20' boat. Currently I use a tie bar from the main to the kicker. I will be staying with a single main outboard and a kicker. I'd like to run hydraulic steering on the main but tie it to the kicker so that when I'm fishing with the kicker both motors are steering. I would like an auto pilot or remote steer system that I can steer wirelessly. I'm not really keen on the idea of adding a rear steering wheel to steer from the stern.
     
  13. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    Not sure if a remote is even available. I run a center console and don't need one. I can use in my navigation package but most of the time I just point the direction I want to go and press a red button on my dash. To turn it off I press the button again. Best $1200 I ever spent
     
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  14. windsurfer

    windsurfer Member

    I thought the Intelisteer looked like a good system. I almost bought one, then decided to go with a rear helm instead. Intelisteer uses a fob you wear on a string around your neck.
     
  15. NootkaSounder

    NootkaSounder Member

    Details I have the hrs 7 touch sounder plotter.
     
  16. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    HDS Gen 3 is what i have
     
  17. tains

    tains Active Member

  18. Towney

    Towney Member

    Will never fish without my TR1 again. Like going from horse and buggy to a car.
     
  19. ericl

    ericl Active Member

    Hi Brian. Your proposed setup would work with a traditional AP (works both at speed & on the troll). Many of the AP's have some sort of "learning" logic in their computer to learn the characteristics of you boat/motor configuration. These AP's size their hydraulic pump based on the capacity of the ram unit in your hydraulic steering system. I am fairly sure that the majority of these AP's get installed on larger vessels that troll on the main engines. I can see this as a potential issue on your boat & recommend you talk with support staff before purchase.
    As mentioned by profisher, comm nav is local to BC. Dunno if they have a remote though.
     
  20. profisher

    profisher Well-Known Member

    If you want an auto pilot that can keep a course in big current and strong winds the ones that only hook up to the kicker will fail. You will be firing up the main engine and steering by hand in those conditions. Only a true auto pilot plumbed into the boats hydraulic steering system and that turns both the main and the kicker will maintain a heading in the worst conditions. Which is when you really need it!!!! Take a look at the Com Nav pilots...just like Scotty...local well made and tested products with close service if you do need it. Ask the commercial trollers which pilots they used...most used Com Nav.
     

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