1. In a Chart View, use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to select a Waypoint, Spot-Lock, or
position on the chart view.
2. Press the GOTO key.
3. To add more Waypoints to the Route, repeat steps 1 and 2.
NOTE: If the position you select is also a Contour Line, a submenu will open with additional
related menu options. To add the position to the Route, select Go to Position.
SAVE the current route
1.From a Chart View, press the MENU key once.
2.Select Save Current Route. Press the RIGHT Cursor key and follow the on-screen prompts
to confirm.
Navigating a Route
Current Route
Leg (gold)
Future Route Leg
Completed Route
i-Pilot Link
i-Pilot Link
navigation is
in progress
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How AUTO P I LOT Wo rks
Two different versions of AutoPilot are available Advanced AutoPilot and Legacy AutoPilot. There are
distinct differences between the two AutoPilots and how they control your boat.
Advanced AutoPilot
Advanced AutoPilot not only uses compass heading but also GPS signal data to correct for cross winds,
current and other external forces to keep the boat on a straight line. When Advanced AutoPilot is turned
on, it generates a set of GPS points in a straight track line in the heading direction. i-Pilot Link now navigates
to each individual point on this track line. When the user steers to a new heading, a new track line of GPS
points are laid down in the new heading direction.
Legacy AutoPilot uses an internal compass to provide heading lock. When Legacy AutoPilot is on, it keeps
the motor pointed in the same compass direction. If a manual steering correction is made, Legacy AutoPilot
locks onto the new compass heading to which the boat was steered. This method of heading tracking does
not take into account external forces such as a side wind or currents, which can allow side drift.
Which AutoPilot Do I Use and When?
With all the external variables, this question can be difficult to answer. Both AutoPilots have their
benefits based on the type of fishing and bait presentation desired.
Advanced AutoPilot will keep the boat on a true straight path in most conditions. When very extreme
conditions exists such as very strong winds or current, the trolling motor may not have enough power to
control the boat smoothly. In these extreme cases it may be best to use Legacy AutoPilot and let the boat
move with the wind or current if the motor is not powerful enough to overcome it.
Legacy AutoPilot helps you maintain a constant heading but does not compensate for wind or currents.
Both Advanced AutoPilot and Legacy AutoPilot are valuable tools the fisherman can use for accurate and
precise bait presentation. We highly recommend getting on the water and trying both Advanced AutoPilot
and Legacy AutoPilot in various fishing situations and applications. With experimentation and time you will
find which AutoPilot works best for you in a given situation.
Using AutoPilot with Other i-Pilot Link Functions
AutoPilot can be used in combination with Cruise Control and while recording an iTrack. If another
mode of navigation that controls steering is enabled while AutoPilot is enabled, AutoPilot will
disable automatically.
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Se le ctin g Auto P i lot M o des
The user can choose between Advanced AutoPilot and Legacy AutoPilot either from the remote or
from the Humminbird.
From the Remote:
Home>Controls Softkey>AutoPilot Mode
1. To engage AutoPilot, press the AutoPilot key
2. To adjust the desired heading, use the steering keys
to point the motor in the new
direction and Link will lock onto the new heading.
1. Press the AutoPilot key
NOTE: If you start another mode of iPilot navigation, AutoPilot will disengage automatically.
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From the Humminbird:
start LEGACY autopilot towards the
cursor position
Use the cursor to set the heading for Legacy AutoPilot navigation. i-Pilot Link will start navigation
and maintain a constant heading towards the cursor position.
1.Use the 4-WAY Cursor Control key to move the cursor to a position on the chart.
2. Navigation X-Press Menu: Press the MENU key.
3.Select Legacy AutoPilot and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
start LEGACY autopilot based on the
boat’s heading
When you start Legacy AutoPilot navigation without an active cursor, the heading will be
based on the boat’s current position. Legacy AutoPilot continues to navigate the boat in the
same direction.
1. Navigation X-Press Menu: Press the MENU key.
2.Select Legacy AutoPilot and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
adjust the heading
1. Navigation X-Press Menu: Press the MENU key.
2.Select Legacy AutoPilot Adjust, and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
3.Adjust: Press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys.
4. Confirm: Press the
Cancel autopilot navigation
1. Navigation X-Press Menu: Press the MENU key.
2.Select Cancel Legacy AutoPilot and press the RIGHT Cursor key.
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Adusting the Legacy Autopilot Heading
Preview Line
The Heading Line
can be turned on or off.
X-Press Menu >
Legacy AutoPilot HDG)
Autopilot Icon
indicates Legacy
Autopilot is active
Display or hide the heading line
1. Main Menu: Press the MENU key twice.
2.Select the Accessories tab > i-Pilot Link > Heading Line
3. Press the RIGHT or LEFT Cursor keys to select On or Off (Default = On).
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i-Pilot Link’s Cruise Control automatically sets the prop speed to maintain constant GPS speed. Because this
controls only the prop speed, Cruise Control can be used in conjunction AutoPilot and iTrack Record as well
as with navigating iTracks, LakeMaster contour lines, routes and Waypoints.
Cruise Control is interfaced only through the remote.
Caution: When Cruise Control is engaged, the prop will automatically be enabled if it is not already enabled.
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Engaging Cruise Control
to bring up the Cruise Control panel.
, adjust the Target Speed and press OK to accept the Target Speed
and engage Cruise Control.
Disengage Cruise Control
to bring up the Cruise Control panel.
2. Press the Cancel Softkey.
Adjusting Target Speed with Cruise
Control Engaged
to bring up the Cruise Control panel.
, adjust the Target Speed and press OK to accept the Target Speed.
to bring up the Cruise Control panel.
2. Press the left-side Softkey to adjust the Target Speed to match the current preset value
shown in the Softkey Label.
3. To adjust the preset value:
to bring up the Cruise Control panel.
, adjust the Target Speed.
c. Press and hold the left Softkey until the Softkey Label changes to match the
Target Speed value.
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Fr e qu e nt ly A s k e d Q u es ti o n s
Q. Does i-Pilot Link record the speed I am traveling when recording a iTrack?
A.No. i-Pilot Link only records its location during track record. It is up to the user to set the desired
speed manually or with Cruise Control.
Q. Why doesn’t my GPS Signal Strength icon always show all four bars?
A. GPS signal strength is impacted by many influences including: i-Pilot Link controller having a clear
view of the sky (especially to the southern sky), boat being located alongside a high bank and your
geographic location.
Q. Is i-Pilot Link compatible with CoPilot?
A. No. None of the components between the two systems are compatible with each other.
Q. Does the remote float?
A. Yes.
Q. How long of an iTrack can I record?
A. Each individual can be up to two miles in length.
Q. Can I use multiple remotes with my i-Pilot Link?
A. Yes, you can use up to four remotes simultaneously. Remember to learn each new remote to the
i-Pilot Link controller.
Q. Why does the LCD screen of the remote have dark blotches on it when I wear my sunglasses?
A. Polarized sunglasses can dramatically affect the way an LCD looks to the human eye.
Q. Where can I purchase additional remotes?
A. Your local Minn Kota retailer should carry additional remotes.
Q. If I turn off the remote, will i-Pilot Link continue to operate?
A. Yes. The i-Pilot Link Controller will continue in its current state of operation until the user makes a
change either with the remote, Humminbird or foot pedal (Terrova only).
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Q. Does i-Pilot Link help to keep the coil cord from wrapping around the motor shaft?
A. Yes and no. When in Spot-Lock, i-Pilot Link keeps track of how far it has rotated in either direction.
If a new correction will cause the coil cord to wrap, it will rotate in the opposite direction in order to
prevent the wrapping. In all other modes, it is up to the user to monitor the coil cord and to rotate
the motor accordingly to avoid wrapping.
Q. Does my i-Pilot remote work with i-Pilot Link?
Q. Will i-Pilot Link control my motor without the Humminbird connected?
A. Yes. However, your storage for iTracks and Spot-Locks will be limited to what can be stored in the
Link controller.
Q. When in Follow the Contour mode, my Humminbird stops recording the Current Track.
Why is that?
A. This is to protect the proprietary mapping data contained in the LakeMaster chip.
Q. Where is the navigational data such as iTracks, Spot-Locks, Waypoints and routes stored?
A. When connected to the Humminbird, this data is stored on the Humminbird. When not connected,
newly created iTracks and Spot-Locks are stored in the Link controller.
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T rou bl e s h ooti n g
General Troubleshooting
Problem: The motor is making erratic steering corrections while in AutoPilot, Spot-Lock or Track to Start/End.
Solution: Be sure to keep all ferrous metallic objects away from the i-Pilot Link controller as they will have an impact
on the built-in compass. Such objects include: anchors, metal framework, etc.
Problem: When a key on the remote is pressed the motor doesn’t always respond.
Solutions: Check the status of the battery charge icon on the remote. If low, connect the charger to the remote.
Check for large obstructions between the remote and the motor.
If the Lock icon is present on the content area of the LCD, the keypad is locked. Press and hold one of
the Softkeys to unlock the keypad.
Problem: i-Pilot Link won’t let me turn on certain features like: Advanced AutoPilot, Record, Track to Start/
End or Spot-Lock.
Solution: Verify that the GPS Signal Strength icon on the LCD shows at least one bar. If there are no bars, i-Pilot
Link will not allow these GPS-based features to be enabled.
Problem: There is a message on the remote screen showing “Motor not Found”. Also, the keys on the remote
are not controlling the motor.
Solution: This message is due to the remote not having wireless communications with the Link controller. This could
be due to the motor not being powered up or the remote not being learned to the controller.
Problem: There is a message on the remote screen showing “Motor Error”. Also, the keys on the remote are
not controlling the motor.
Solution: This error is generated when the Link controller loses communications with the Terrova (or ST) motor
controller. This error will occur any time the software on the Link controller is updated. To clear the
error, cycle power to the motor.
Problem: I’m having a hard time seeing the content on the LCD screen.
Solution: With the type of LCD used on the remote, it is able to utilize ambient light to enhance the visibility of the
screen content. However, when in indirect or low light conditions, the backlight may be needed. Through
the Backlight Settings Menu, you can adjust the intensity of the backlight along with the amount of time it
stays on after a button press.
Problem: I connected the charging cable but the charging indicator does not come on.
Solution: Ensure the power (USB) end is receiving power from the AC adapter or the alternate power source you
may be using such as the vehicle power port.
Solution: Look inside the charging port on the bottom end of the remote. You should clearly see two metallic
contacts. Use an appropriate tool to clean out any debris that may have accumulated in the charging port.
Solution: The end of the remote that plugs into the remote includes two spring pins. Ensure the pins are clean and
that when pushed in, they spring back out.
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Problem: The boat doesn’t seem to keep close enough to the recorded Spot-Lock location.
Solution: Verify the trolling motor batteries are sufficiently charged
Solution: Check for weeds on the prop.
Solution: In more extreme wind and current conditions, the boat will tend to stabilize a little ways down wind
from the intended location. Relock the location the same distance upwind and expect that the boat will
drift some in the downwind direction.
Cruise Control
Problem: The GPS speed displayed on the remote is different than what my other GPS system shows.
Solution: If you are using Cruise Control with Advanced AutoPilot or iTrack Navigation, i-Pilot Link calculates
the actual speed in the intended direction of travel which may differ from your GPS reported speed.
Problem: Cruise Control isn’t holding the target speed close enough.
Solution: Verify the trolling motor batteries are sufficiently charged.
Problem: When in Advanced AutoPilot in strong winds, there is quite a bit of back and forth movement in
the boat.
Solution: While Advanced AutoPilot will keep your boat on a true heading, it may be at the expense of the boat
having to continuously move to get back on the correct course. In these extreme conditions you may
be better off using AutoPilot and correcting for the wind manually.
Problem: Under AutoPilot Mode, I have Advanced selected as the default mode. However, when I engage
AutoPilot, it goes into Legacy AutoPilot instead of Advanced.
If the GPS signal strength icon shown no bars, then Link will automatically engage Legacy AutoPilot
regardless of the Mode selected. Wait for your GPS signal strength to reach at least one bar, then
re-engage AutoPilot.
Track Record and Playback
Problem: While Navigation an iTrack the propeller suddenly stopped.
Solution: Verify you did not accidentally enable another automatic feature such as AutoPilot or Spot-Lock.
Solution: You may have the Arrival Mode set to OFF.
Problem: While recording an iTrack, the recording suddenly stopped.
Solution: You may have reached the two mile limit for recording an iTrack.
PowerDrive V2 /Riptide SP:
Problem: Steering does not work properly or at all.
Solution: Verify that the steering wires from the i-Pilot Link cable are properly connected directly to the two-wire
cable coming from the steering housing.
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Accessory Connector: The accessory connector is a small sealed connector used on the Terrova and Riptide
ST family of motors. This connector allows for easy waterproof installation of any Minn Kota Terrova and
Riptide ST accessories.
Center Housing: A plastic center housing exists in the center of the trolling motor mount. This center housing
covers and protects mechanical and electrical components from the environment. The center housing is
temporarily removed from PowerDrive V2 and Riptide SP motors during i-Pilot Link installation.
CoPilot: Co-Pilot a wireless motor control accessory from Minn Kota available for all Terrova, PowerDrive V2,
Riptide ST and Riptide SP lines of motors. The accessory allows for wireless adjustment of all basic motor control
functions. The Co-Pilot accessory must be removed from a PowerDrive V2 and Riptide SP motor upon i-Pilot Link
installation. Any Co-Pilot accessory installed on a Terrova or Riptide ST motor is electrically disabled once i-Pilot
Link is installed.
Control Box Cover: The control box cover is a plastic cover installed on the top head of the motor. The cover
protects the inner wiring and electronics from the environment. This part is replaced by the i-Pilot Link controller.
GPS: GPS is an acronym for Global Positioning System. GPS provides accurate position (latitude, longitude,
altitude) information virtually anywhere on the earth through satellite technology and personal receivers on
the ground. A series of geosynchronous satellites broadcast a unique signal toward the earth once per second.
A GPS receiver, which is used in i-Pilot Link, receives the signals from these satellites and is able to determine
position based on very slight differences in the time each signal is received and the receiver’s knowledge of the
location of each of the satellites.
GPS Speed: The speed calculated by measuring the boat’s change in geographical location over a given time using
GPS data.
i-Pilot Link Controller: The i-Pilot Link controller is part of the i-Pilot Link system. The controller contains a GPS
receiver, compass and electronics to automatically navigate the trolling motor. The controller resembles a motor
control box cover and is completely sealed and waterproof. The controller replaces the existing control box cover
and AutoPilot controller if one is present.
PowerDrive V2: The PowerDrive V2 is in the latest family of bow-mount, electric-steer trolling motors from
Minn Kota. The motor can be identified by the PowerDrive V2 name on the side of the trolling motor mount.
Prop Speed: The speed that the prop is rotating from 0 to 10, which is adjustable in ½ increments.
Riptide SP: The Riptide SP is in the latest family of saltwater bow-mount, electric-steer trolling motors from
Minn Kota. The motor can be identified by the Riptide SP name on the side of the trolling motor mount.
Riptide ST: The Riptide ST is in the latest family of saltwater bow-mount, electric-steer trolling motors from
Minn Kota. The motor can be identified by the Riptide ST name on the side of the trolling motor mount.
Side Plates: Side plates exists on each side of the trolling motor mount. These side plates cover and protect
mechanical and electrical components from the environment. The side plates are temporarily removed from
PowerDrive V2 and Riptide SP motors during i-Pilot Link installation.
Terrova: The Terrova is in the latest family of bow-mount, electric-steer trolling motors from Minn Kota.
The motor can be identified by the Terrova name on the side of the trolling motor mount.
Track End: The last point on a recorded iTrack, which is made when Track Recording was ended.
Track Start: The first point on a recorded iTrack, which is made when the Track Record key is pressed to start
a recording.
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The i-Pilot installation will require permanently removing the motor
control box cover. This cover includes information about your motor
that may be needed for future service work or when ordering
replacement parts. Please note the information from your motor
in the space provided below.
Motor model (circle one) Terrova, ST, PowerDrive V2 or SP
Auto Pilot (Yes or No)_____________________________________
Motor thust (55lb, 70lb, etc)________________________________
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