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#11391840 - 02/04/16 01:23 PM Ipilot or motor guide pin point
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Registered: 06/28/12
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Loc: Addison
since most of us use tm's with some sort of spot lock capabilities, I thought I would ask here. I am 2 years into my I pilot and am happy but I am also noticing alot of guys have issues with them at the year three marks it seems. Just wanted your thoughts about the xi5 if you have one, I am thinking about making a switch. I heard the ulterra is getting some upgrades this year so I will not be getting one of those till it gets figured out and tested alot.
currently using the 80 thrust 60" shaft saltwater i pilot on a 19ft center console. thanks in advance for all info good or bad!
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#11392352 - 02/04/16 04:16 PM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
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Registered: 03/26/15
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Loc: Jack County
I'm going to an XI5 more than likely, I hate my I Pilot at this time. It has a new personality each time I use it. The Xi5 with dual GPS sensors hold pinpoint a lot better. I am hoping MK addresses this issue before I make a move, I would like to be able to keep my HBird's connected to my trolling motor, and upgrade to an Ulterra, but until I see one in action, I'm not buying another I Pilot.

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#11392420 - 02/04/16 04:43 PM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
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Loc: Lake Fork, Texas (Wolf Creek)
Originally Posted By: benp
since most of us use tm's with some sort of spot lock capabilities, I thought I would ask here. I am 2 years into my I pilot and am happy but I am also noticing alot of guys have issues with them at the year three marks it seems. Just wanted your thoughts about the xi5 if you have one, I am thinking about making a switch. I heard the ulterra is getting some upgrades this year so I will not be getting one of those till it gets figured out and tested alot.
currently using the 80 thrust 60" shaft saltwater i pilot on a 19ft center console. thanks in advance for all info good or bad!


Where did you hear the Ulterra was getting a upgrade?
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#11392927 - 02/04/16 08:21 PM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
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I have had an I-Pilot for 3 years. Still like it a lot!
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#11393025 - 02/04/16 08:54 PM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
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I like my I Pilot but it does seem to wander up and back on spot lock.
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#11393251 - 02/04/16 10:16 PM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
EPIC FISHIN Offline
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Registered: 03/08/13
Posts: 87
Loc: Cedar Hill ,Tx
I love my Xi5!! Ive heard that they have a better response and they hod position really well! I have mine on a 23 ft Center console and it pulls me around perfectly!

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#11393259 - 02/04/16 10:21 PM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
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Xi5 80# thrust 5'shaft on a 19' Kenner CC. Performs flawlessly. Anchor mode awesome.

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#11393691 - 02/05/16 08:36 AM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
captaincam3 Offline
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Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 327
Loc: FTW
My Ipilot is about to be 4 yrs old, and mine started wandering more last weekend. I was blaming it on the gusty winds, but it was over compensating quite a bit. Sometimes it just starts spinning around like the little girls head on the exorcist, and I have to unplug it before it wraps the head cables up.
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#11393845 - 02/05/16 09:22 AM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
Timmychanga Offline
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Registered: 01/26/16
Posts: 491
Does the Xi5 80 GPS auto deploy?
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#11393977 - 02/05/16 10:03 AM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
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Have had two Ipilot on two different boats. Loved them both.
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#11394214 - 02/05/16 11:19 AM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
Chris Richardson Offline
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Registered: 04/28/09
Posts: 482
Loc: Athens, Tx
I have I-pilots on three boats and they are workhorses, but I've heard form reliable sources that the Xi5 is much more precise on anchor mode. Its a very big deal to crappie fishermen.
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#11394273 - 02/05/16 11:42 AM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
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Registered: 01/21/11
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Loc: Little Elm
Ive been on boats with both. The XI5 blows the ipilot out of the water with the GPS pinpoint. My terrova has been less than reliable as you know, but I bought it used ad I think Ive got my money's worth out of it. When it dies for good I'm making the switch.
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#11394328 - 02/05/16 12:08 PM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: Timmychanga]
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Registered: 12/25/12
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Loc: Burleson,TX
Originally Posted By: Scott 79602
Does the Xi5 80 GPS auto deploy?


Motorguide currently does not make an auto deploy


I have the I pilot link and love it with my hbirds units. I have had for several Yeats and really have not had any of the issues I keep hearing about, maybe I just got lucky

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#11395522 - 02/05/16 08:15 PM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
Tx Tree Grower Offline
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Registered: 09/17/08
Posts: 822
Loc: Palestine, TX
The crappie guy's seem to all agree that the XI5 is way more accurate. I've fished with a few and it will hold over a small brush pile. No way my ipilot would do that. However, for white and hybrid open water fishing the ipilot is plenty accurate enough in my opinion. The anchor lock feature ranks third only to fishing poles and sonar on my fishing tools list. We get spoiled and forget how great of a feature it is.

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#11395650 - 02/05/16 09:20 PM Re: Ipilot or motor guide pin point [Re: benp]
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Registered: 06/22/05
Posts: 707
Loc: Bullard
Owned two i-pilots and never had any issues with white bass/hybrid fishing ever. That being said, I switched over to the Xi5 for crappie and love it and still does everything needed for wb. Also, the Xi5 will hold you solid for cast netting for bait around bridges and bulk heads which I had problems with the minnkota.
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