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#12847357 - 07/30/18 06:01 PM Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it?
thefuzz Offline
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Registered: 07/31/10
Posts: 258
Loc: Dallas
Iím sure this has been discussed and I know itís a preference thing, just wondering what you guys thoughts are. Iím in the market for a new ultrex and I do run birds. As far as I know the linked model will follow contour lines if you have the lamemaster chip and it will run from way point to way point on auto pilot. I do fish tournaments and I could see where it may be nice to have but I really donít think Iíd use the feature much. Anybody have an argument the other way? Itís really only about 100$ difference but when your spending over 2k it all adds up. Thanks
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#12847384 - 07/30/18 06:36 PM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
Jeff From Iowa Online   content
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Registered: 01/07/18
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I lay I tracks and follow them more than follow contour on my home lakes but at say table rock for instance follow contour was priceless. I set it and fished hitting spot lock when I wanted to stop and hitting it again when I wanted to resume following the track. I set it on a contour at 22 feet and would lower the tm speed and fish in closer based on the wind or raise it and go back out to my depth it was set to follow.

I dont like running the tm, I suppose if your used to it maybe youll never use it. To follow contour you have to zoom in on the contour tell it to follow then tell it which direction on your unit, if you dont have a big enough unit up front I could see never using it.
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#12847388 - 07/30/18 06:39 PM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
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Registered: 03/20/12
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Loc: Lufkin, Texas USA
I tried to get my buddy to get the Link version but he said I don't think I'll use it.

Well now he said I wished I would have got it! bang
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#12847394 - 07/30/18 06:44 PM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
Jeff From Iowa Online   content
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fyi with link you can run the tm on your h bird. so when I am up front fishing with my 360 I can have the link controls on the screen also and use them to jog, instead of the remote.

Ive been using that a lot lately since the remote is big hanging off my belt. You need the link remote to tell it to go to a saved way point etc so Ill have it sitting on the deck now if Im going to be moving from wp to wp but I generally only do that if I want to re tie some rods or re spool etc while the boats taking me to the next spot.


ALSO You can choose a spot on the lake map and tell the TM to go there from the Humminbird. I do this while I get rods out etc some times.


Edited by Jeff From Iowa (07/30/18 06:46 PM)
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#12847697 - 07/30/18 10:20 PM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: Jeff From Iowa]
Mike Keenan Online   content
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Very worth it, I use it a lot with my birds...
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#12847792 - 07/30/18 11:45 PM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
thefuzz Offline
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Loc: Dallas
Awesome , thanks gents. As with anything I guess Iíd rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it. For 100$ sounds like itís worth it.
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#12847893 - 07/31/18 07:28 AM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
Mike Keenan Online   content
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Originally Posted By: thefuzz
Awesome , thanks gents. As with anything I guess Iíd rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it. For 100$ sounds like itís worth it.


That was my thoughts exactly, if you want to play with one before you buy, holler st me, Iím 5 minutes from Roberts...


Edited by Mike Keenan (07/31/18 07:29 AM)
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#12847926 - 07/31/18 07:54 AM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
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Registered: 11/02/14
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I have the i-Pilot Link. It was what they had in stock when they very first hit the market. I don't use the "link" functions much at all. I'd save my money if I had the choice.
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#12847938 - 07/31/18 08:02 AM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
collincountytx Online   content
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Registered: 04/08/08
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Sounds like itís worth it just for the back up capabilities if you have a remote or foot switch issue
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#12847968 - 07/31/18 08:26 AM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
squib Online   content
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Registered: 01/03/03
Posts: 1309
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I have a Humminbird link unit on Ultrex. I love being able to run the trolling motor off the graph if needed. That remote is simply too big to have much practical use. I use my Humminbird only for the mapping features. I have a separate Lowrance 9 on the bow for sonar.

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#12848029 - 07/31/18 09:03 AM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: Mike Keenan]
Jamoke Online   happy
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Registered: 09/05/07
Posts: 809
Loc: Belton, TX
I have the I pilot Link Terrova, I find that the follow the contour is a pain, because it makes sudden jogging motions, almost pitched me out of the boat more than once. As the contour suddenly changes direction and you are concentrating on fishing. I do use the other features, record route, go to way point, just not the terrain.

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#12848109 - 07/31/18 09:54 AM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
texasbassdude Online   content
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 269
Loc: San Antonio, TX
With my TM, the difference was $500 and I don't think that I'm missing much.

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#12848386 - 07/31/18 01:01 PM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: thefuzz]
skeeterK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/17
Posts: 359
Loc: Stagecoach, TX
Something else to consider depending on your setup is the HB ethernet switch which is $200+. I bought the Linked version 2 years ago just in case but have not connected it. This past spring I added a Helix 12 and 360 for the bow moving my HDS 9 to the console. For me so far, not having the extra features is ok.
If you already have an all HB setup then you probably already have the switch.

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#12848515 - 07/31/18 02:32 PM Re: Ultrex linked vs non linked ...is it worth it? [Re: Jamoke]
Jeff From Iowa Online   content
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Registered: 01/07/18
Posts: 307
Originally Posted By: Jamoke
I have the I pilot Link Terrova, I find that the follow the contour is a pain, because it makes sudden jogging motions, almost pitched me out of the boat more than once. As the contour suddenly changes direction and you are concentrating on fishing. I do use the other features, record route, go to way point, just not the terrain.


Change your boat scale to -2. Thats how much power it uses to move the boat say when you drift off spot lock etc..
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