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#11894175 - 10/22/16 01:26 PM Something I never thought about...
ERNEST PATY Offline
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Registered: 01/21/01
Posts: 6599
Loc: CARROLLTON, TX, US
What if you are using a conventional trolling motor (Foot controlled) and while
moving from one brushpile to another (Say 50 yards)and you bump an underwater
stump, lose your balance and fall overboard. Boat stops when your foot leaves
the foot control and you reboard. If necessary your fishing partner ,if there,
can use the trolling motor to come get you. But at least the boat stops.

Same situation using an autopilot trolling such as Motor Guide's Xi5. You
point the motor manually with the remote control toward the destination and
turn it on. Motor will continue in the direction aimed until you manually turn
it off. OK so far, but you fall out now and the boat will leave you and the remote in the lake. In my boat the foot control is packed away in a storage box
(I never use it) and the passengers on the boat have no way to stop or control
the motor. If they unplug the motor or hit my kill switch the motor will stop but becomes unusable.

Maybe they start the big motor and pick me up before I drown or maybe not.
Or maybe I'm alone and the boat is gone over the hill.

I purchased a second remote that stays on the boat just in case and always wear a life jacket when alone.

Anyway something to consider.
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#11894245 - 10/22/16 02:16 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
TerribleTwos Offline
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Registered: 12/09/10
Posts: 435
Make sure you're seated when you're on the motor then Mr Ernest and you should be okay! Can we install seat belts on the seats near the trolling motor up front just in case? wink
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#11894252 - 10/22/16 02:20 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
BigTex1959 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/06/07
Posts: 213
Loc: Waxahachie Texas
Water proof wireless controller with man overboard that will stop the boat, or maybe just hit anchor , don't that stop the boat ? I am getting the Xi5 installed on my boat next week. lol

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#11894254 - 10/22/16 02:21 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
ArgyleFloater Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 250
Loc: Argyle Texas
These are scenarios we should all consider....

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#11894259 - 10/22/16 02:24 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ArgyleFloater]
TCK73 Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 2622
Loc: Jack County
Good question. I Have been wanting a spare remote anyway, now I have good reason to buy one.
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#11894385 - 10/22/16 03:41 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
shut-up-and-fish Online   content
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Registered: 02/08/10
Posts: 9482
Loc: Coppell Tx.

MotorGuide PinPoint GPS Replacement Remote
8M0092071
$119

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#11894439 - 10/22/16 04:08 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
Fin'n Offline
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Registered: 06/18/07
Posts: 266
Loc: Ownm
Be sure to keep the camera rolling with
instructions to post immediately as a instructional video.
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#11894440 - 10/22/16 04:11 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
BrazosRiverTom Online   content
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Registered: 12/15/12
Posts: 477
Loc: Mineral Wells, TX
It is always good to be reminded of the way things can happen. Thanks for making me think about my own situation as I fish alone in my boat nearly 100% of the time, and the only time I put on my life jacket is when I am using the big motor and then only when going fast. Will see about wearing it more often now in different situations. Thanks again.

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#11894523 - 10/22/16 05:04 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
shut-up-and-fish Online   content
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Hopefully when the motor is headed to the next waypoint you have anchor set so the boat will stop at that point and you can swim to the boat before hypothermia sets in.
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#11894591 - 10/22/16 05:45 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
fishingman007 Offline
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Registered: 11/10/11
Posts: 104
Loc: plano, texas
The xi5 remote control is not water proof? If it is and it is still hanging on your neck, you can remote it back to you, right? I'll have mine next week


Edited by fishingman007 (10/22/16 05:46 PM)

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#11894613 - 10/22/16 06:02 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
ERNEST PATY Offline
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Registered: 01/21/01
Posts: 6599
Loc: CARROLLTON, TX, US
Since I can barely swim with clothes on and both hands free I doubt I could pilot the boat back with the remote even if it would work. I better wear some floatation in my drawers.
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#11894654 - 10/22/16 06:31 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
Fin'n Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/18/07
Posts: 266
Loc: Ownm
You have a water proof phone to wifi to your trolling motor?
ProNav app is a free download available from the Google Play Store and coming soon on the iTunes App Store.
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#11894679 - 10/22/16 06:47 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
PKfishin Offline
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Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 2504
Loc: Texas
You just need someone to go with you Ernest. If you can't get anyone else I'll go.
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#11894748 - 10/22/16 07:26 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
TroyKing Offline
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Registered: 09/28/14
Posts: 1050
Loc: Carthage Tx
Wow!! I have a hand controle with foot switches on the deck...I've never thought about it, but the same thing could happen to me when I've got the lever flipped over the button for continuous run...That would be a bad day.
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#11894925 - 10/22/16 09:37 PM Re: Something I never thought about... [Re: ERNEST PATY]
DFW-fisherman Offline
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Registered: 04/01/11
Posts: 1287
Loc: DFW
This is a scary situation, even if you have planned for it. I always wear the Mustang PFD with auto inflation.

Having a second remote on the boat maybe a good idea, but only one handheld remote will work with the Xi5 at a time, so the second one would have to be "paired" with the Xi5. Don't know if anyone left on the boat would have the capability to do this once the "captain" went over board with the "operational" remote around their neck.

With that said - wearing a pfd with auto-inflation is a must, IMHO! Hope to hear from others about how they could handle this situation.

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