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Old 11-13-2007, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been thinking about adding an electric trolling motor to my boat (for a couple years now).* *It sure would be handy for casting and jigging.* * I have been looking at the Terrova digital autopilot, something that is easy to use (meaning it doesn't require constant course corrections) from any where in the boat.

Does any one have experience with the Terrova?* How well does the autopilot feature work?* I'm wondering things like: you have the autopilot turned on and make a course correction does that corrected course become the new heading? or do you have to turn the auto pilot back on. How does it do in the wind, can you run at an angle to the wind or do you have to go straight into it?
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bernie has that motor and loves it.* I have the Power Drive V2 with the wireless copilot (no autopilot since I don't troll) and I love the copilot feature.* Now I can control the motor from anywhere in the boat.* You can mount the control right on your rod and control everything with your thumb.* Sweet.
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I have a powerdrive with autopilot and the co-pilot.* The autopilot does adjust course when you steer the motor while using it and is pretty accurate about changing to the new heading.* Autopilot stays on unless you turn the motor off, so you don't have to turn it back on all the time.* I bought my boat in late June, but can't imagine fishing without it and I find that it has uses beyond the usual trolling; for example I've used mine to slowly drifting and following contours and I've used it to counter current in moving water so I could maintain boat position.*

As Don suggests, I also highly recommend adding the co-pilot.* Mine didn't come with it and I hated spending more money, but I love the wireless nature and compact size for controlling the motor and now consider the purchase to be one of my best since I bought the boat.*

The wind is a tricky question as there are so many variables such as lake basin shape, depth and orientation, wind speed and boat design (just to name a few that come to mind) - but in general I've found that you can run at your desired heading, even at an angle to the wind.* I fish in some large Wyoming reservoirs that have a lot of wind and the electric can be tricky to maintain boat control with under those conditions - with or without autopilot and copilot.* In moderately strong winds, the autopilot will have to make occasional steering corrections which may cause your boat to get slightly off course (for example if you are trying to follow a submerged road bed or some other linear feature), but I think it's a lot easier than constantly steering the motor without it. I don't think you'll regret it if you make the purchase(s).
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info.

I also need some dimensions, like how wide and high the base is. It will have to go under my bow rail, and deploy/stow from under the bow rail. I know it might be a bit awkward but I don't really want to cut the rail.
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You should PM dave110man Terre. He is a master with his and has had it for some time. I'm sure he could help answer some questions.
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i like my 24lb moter guide! un stopable!
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Dave110man where are you... I could PM you as EH suggested, but others might be interested in hearing your experience.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It will have to go under my bow rail, and deploy/stow from under the bow rail. I know it might be a bit awkward but I don't really want to cut the rail.
Unless your bow rail is like a foot and a half higher than the gunwale, I can't quite picture how that would work. I can, however, picture you cutting the rail.

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i love my auto piolet terre, but you will have to cut the rail. if it is done right it looks good.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Terre-

Your bow rail may be high enough that you won't need to cut it. You probably won't know until you set the motor on there and play with it a little.
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