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CoPilot questions

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My foot pedal is going bad and thinking about getting CoPilot for the motor.

Can I have both a corded foot pedal and the CoPilot connected so I can use them both, or is it an either, or situation?

If not, I know they also sell a wireless foot pedal. Could I use one of those plus a CoPilot together?

I bass fish shore a lot and think the CoPilot might be a hassle having to control the motor with my hands instead of my feet. Do you find it to be a hassle for this type of fishing?

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Yes, you can have them both the corded pedal and the CoPilot hooked up. The corded pedal will take preference.

The wireless pedal acts as a fob (transmitter). You can operate the CoPilot with up to 10 fobs.

I do not prefer the electric steer motors. I like the Fortrex/Maxxum-style motors for bass fishing. I know which way the lower unit is pointing just by the way my foot is positioned. I don't have to look at the motor.

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I bass fish shore a lot and think the CoPilot might be a hassle having to control the motor with my hands instead of my feet. Do you find it to be a hassle for this type of fishing?

Co-Pilots are great for some situations and a lot of guys really like them. I don't have anything against them, but I like running my motor with my feet - I do a lot of casting and I don't want to have to run my motor with my hands. I also do some muskie fishing and you don't want to stop or slow your retrieve to adjust the motor.

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Yes, you can have them both the corded pedal and the CoPilot hooked up. The corded pedal will take preference....

What do you mean by the corded pedal will take preference?

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I have the co-pilot and love it. Tired of those pedals going out all the dang time. Fob has lasted me three years now and just replace a battery now and then.

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On my co-pilot you can't have them both hooked up at the same time. You either have the remote (co-pilot) plugged into the motor or you have the foot pedal plugged in. You can't switch back and forth unless you unplug one and hook up the other.

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yes you can have them connected at the same time. By preference, he meant that if you are pushing right on your wireless remote and left on your foot pedal the boat will turn to the left.

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You can run multiple co pilots in the boat. So you and your partner could both control the bowmount at any given time.

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The co-pilot for my unit has two plugs, one plugs to the motors plug, the other plugs the foot pedal. Both the handheld and wireless foot control can be run along with the wired foot control on my unit. The wired control takes preference as stated.

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There you go then...my co-pilot has only one plug. It's an either/or type of deal.

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Zepman, unless you have a Terrova (which is an entirely different "network" animal). The Terrova system is a little different, but still allows the use of a corded pedal with the remote.

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I don't understand then and maybe I've never realized I can run both at the same time. I'll have to try it out tonight. However, I just don't understand how the remote would work if I have the foot pedal plugged into my trolling motor. This would leave my co-pilot sideplate with an unplugged wire just hanging there...not hooked up to anything. I do not have the Terova, I have the AP/US. Oh well, I use the co-pilot remote almost 95% of the time anyway.

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The sideplate receiver has 2 plugs a male and a female. Unplug the footpedal plug from the main control board and plug it into the mating plug on the receiver. Plug the other plug from the receiver into the main control board.

Now your corded pedal is still plugged in (through the receiver) and the receiver is plugged in to the main board of the motor. They can both be used by different people in the boat, but if two commands are sent then the corded pedal will take preference.

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The sideplate receiver has 2 plugs a male and a female. Unplug the footpedal plug from the main control board and plug it into the mating plug on the receiver. Plug the other plug from the receiver into the main control board.

Now your corded pedal is still plugged in (through the receiver) and the receiver is plugged in to the main board of the motor. They can both be used by different people in the boat, but if two commands are sent then the corded pedal will take preference.

My unit has the flat plug (not a V2 unit), will it still work the way you describe?

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There was a pic posted, but go to Minn Kota's HSOforum for CoPilot pics, or call their service number with questions. 800-227-6433

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It's great to have 2 remote controllers so someone else in your boat can run it while you play a fish or do something else. Stan C.

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It's great to have 2 remote controllers so someone else in your boat can run it while you play a fish or do something else. Stan C.

Yes that sounds like a good idea.

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Tried out the Co-Pilot today and love it!

I don't think I will ever use the foot pedal again. I put it on the underside of my wrist on my rod hand and found it was a perfect place for me. I could tweek it while reeling with my left hand as needed.

Along with the Autopilot feature, it made for a much easier experience and less tiresome too smile

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