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"Waves, wind and even strong current are no match for the Nautimatic
Hands-free trolling isn't just a snappy catch phrase, it's a reality
if you own one of the
new TR-1 Auto Pilots produced by Nautamatic Marine Systems. The
only auto pilot
designed to mount on a small gasoline outboard, serious trollers
know the value of
trolling with a kicker motor.
"Speed control is the primary reason every walleye pro on the
circuit trolls with a
kicker," said Tony Puccio, walleye pro and owner of .
"With a small
outboard you can troll slow enough to barely drag a jig along
bottom or fast enough to
give high-action crankbaits action.
"Speed control keeps walleye anglers buying kicker motors, but
it's boat control that
has convinced so many anglers to rig their kicker with a TR-1,
which uses the same
fly-by-wire technology that guides an F-16 fighter jet," added
Puccio. "Waves, wind
and even strong current are no match for the TR-l."
Aerospace engineering made the
possible, but using one couldn't be easier. The
TR-1 operates without the use of menus, displays or programming.
two-button control panel mounted near the outboard and a hand-held
When the autopilot is turned on using the forward or reverse button,
a built-in computer
captures the heading of the boat from an electronic compass.
To change headings,
the operator simply rotates a steering knob on the hand-held
remote control in the
direction he wants to turn. Once the TR1 is locked onto a heading
it will continue to
control the boat until the heading is changed or the motor turned
off. For those
fishermen who own four-stroke engines, motor throttle can also
be controlled with the
same remote. A touch of a button makes it possible to change
trolling speeds without
leaving the comfort of your boat seat, a real advantage when
trolling in rough seas or
when using speed changes to trigger strikes.
"I use the TR-1 when trolling spinners
in open water, structure - trolling crankbaits, pulling
bottom bouncers and when slipping the current in rivers," said
Puccio. "Knowing the boat is
under control and heading on course allows me to spend more time
rigging and setting lines,
changing baits and studying my electronics Once you've tried
this auto pilot you'll wonder
how you ever fished without it!"
Outboards can also be used as normal without disconnecting any
linkages and the TR-1
doesn't interfere with normal steering or tilting of the engine.
As if this wasn't enough, the TR-1 can also be interfaced with most GPS
and Loran-C units, making it easy to return and navigate to saved waypoints
while anglers fight with fish instead of with boat control.
The TR-1 consists of a small hydraulic control box, a remote compass,
switch and hand-held remote control. It takes a couple hours
to install the unit on most
boats. A step-by-step installation video is included with each
The TR-1 is designed to function with the following engines:
1992-97outboards. Customers receive a two-year warranty and 30day money-back
The TR-1 retails for around $1,300. For more details and availability,
Dorland, Nautamatic Marine Systems, Inc., 100A SE Bay Boulevard,
97365, or call 1-800-588-7655.
For more information regarding the methods or products mentioned in
this article, call (608) 277-5555 or e-mail:
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