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Old 03-19-2017, 12:29 PM
usmarine1 usmarine1 is offline
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Default Terrova heading unit?

What is the point? I mean I understand what the instructions state that it'll help the trolling motor informed on the heading and the front of the boat. My question is why is this important? Does it have to paired everytime I go out? I currently have it hooked up to where the power is continuous/ not attached to a master kill switch. If/when I do hook it up that way will it save the trolling motor it's paired too?
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Old 03-19-2017, 02:20 PM
darrelbarrows darrelbarrows is offline
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that is how they improved the spot lock by adding a heading sensor, and no once your paired you do not have to pair every time, however it will constantly be drawing power if you have it hooked to continuous power.
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Old 03-19-2017, 02:37 PM
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It has nothing to do with spot lock. Its sole function is to tell the trolling motor which way the boat is pointed so you can use the jog feature and the circle a waypoint feature.

Your trolling motor pings for the bluetooth heading sensor every time you turn it on after the initial pairing (or when it is deployed for terrovas). It will connect automatically.

It will not draw power, minnkota says the motor pings the bluetooth so the bluetooth heading sensor is dead when not in use. Minnkota says a switch is not needed. If it does draw power, it would be so miniscule that you would never have to worry about it.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:54 PM
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Kevin, Did you get that info from HB? I know it is needed for the jog but thought it was also part of the better spot lock. I was just looking at the Minn Kota ipilot manual and the only statement I could find was"The heading sensor was for Spotlock Jog". I was under the impression that the reason the old ones could not get an update for the improved spot lock was because of the blutooth compatability. So it sounds like you have the correct info. Thanks Bob

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Old 03-19-2017, 06:57 PM
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Straight from minn kota. It is an optional (but recommended) accessory. It is not included in the powerdrive bt ipilot package.


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Old 03-20-2017, 03:40 PM
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Thanks for clearing that up Kevin. I didn't think it would pull much if any juice and since I just happen to have a couple of wires in the right spot already I used them. I was just a little surprised I've never heard of it before, but I've never had a terrova either
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:50 AM
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Default Heading sensor location

I am looking to see how close or how far away does the sensor need to be mounted?

I am thinking right up on my small front deck behind the trolling motor.

Could it be put on the rear portion of the rear deck so it is out of the way?

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Old 04-04-2017, 10:40 AM
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You do not want it to close to where there may be electrical over load. ie, by on the bow you could have a graph, fuse panel or other wires sure as power for trolling motor. It would be like putting a compass where power would affect it.

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Old 04-06-2017, 11:16 AM
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The dealer mounted mine right next to the motor on the front deck. My power cord for the motor will be very close when plugged in. I hope it won't effect the operation of the motor.
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:18 PM
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Power cord won't have any effect. The internal GPS in the head of the unit is what will mess with it. Minn kota says 24" from the base of the TM.
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