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Old 01-03-2017, 01:24 PM
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I have a 23.5 Grady with single outboard and a kicker. Looking for a Auto pilot for trolling the Great lakes etc. Any suggestions good or bad ??

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Old 01-05-2017, 10:24 AM
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No first hand experience but I've always heard Simrad is one of the best.

If you plan to interface it to your GPS, you might want to stay with that brand to make sure it's easily integrated.

I've heard the set up has become a lot less troublesome these days since the heading sensors can be installed just about anywhere.
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Old 01-05-2017, 02:04 PM
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Simrad or Furuno top of the line , same brands are the way to go easily intergrated . Good deals at boat shows I would buy from an installer get package deal unless u know how to install yourself .
However that being said if ur just using on Grt Lakes then u may find lesser known brand OK since ur not covering ground , that is a lot of long runs .
Also no currents albeit deeper ones do exist however topside mostly wind issues, so ability of unit is less compromised then ocean applications .
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:07 AM
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I fish on Chesapeake Bay with a buddy who has a Lowrance auto-pilot running with a Gen2 and an HDS-7. The auto pilot cost around $900 and works very well. Current is not too bad on the Bay but the chop is difficult. I have been thinking about getting one myself because Casper has to run the boat when I am landing a fish in Spring
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:03 PM
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If your using the kicker motor for trolling, cant you just adjust the tension of the steering to go straight? When I was younger I had a smaller boat with 9.9 motor and would lock motor with steering tension adjustment and then if I wanted little left, I would move over to port side. Then release steering tension and steer my way home. Worked for years.

Now I have a Simrad autopilot on my cc and wouldn't buy a boat without one. Had an issue with the brushes dirty caused it to stop working but a simple cleaning of the brushes fixed it. The system works great in the slop and with heavy wind. It has its own display and is also linked into my Simrad NSS evo2 to adjust direction or to head to waypoint.

But there are other systems less complicated that you might want to look into, which would cost way less and easier to setup. Head to a boat show this winter and shoot some ideas off a few venders. Might find the answer your looking for.

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Old 01-10-2017, 04:49 PM
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Yes boat show is a great idea http://jerseyboatexpo.com/new-jersey...sale-and-expo/

If you go during the week you'll have vendors undivided attention.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:10 PM
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I am going to venture to a few boat shows. My season starts in mid march so I want to pull the trigger soon to buy and get installed etc. thanks for the feedback.
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