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  • 16ft Electric Auto Pilot Pontoon Idea Coming to Fruition

    Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

    Current Boats:
    1989 Crestliner Nordic Phantom w/ 1989 Evinrude 120 VRO Complete Restoration
    1997 SeaDoo SPX FishSki
    Liquid Logic Air Head
    Piranha H3 255

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    Re: 16ft Electric Auto Pilot Pontoon Idea Coming to Fruition

    Interesting...guess it will really quiet!
    2007 Mariah DX212 w/ 2007 Merc 150 Saltwater

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    Finally...my boat is not the oldest vehicle in my yard!
    ...and there's a prayer in every post for my friend, Sasto...

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      Re: 16ft Electric Auto Pilot Pontoon Idea Coming to Fruition

      Well, I don't have an autopilot -- but I do have an 80lb thrust Minnkota on our pontoon... and just installed a second set of batteries to get twice the time on the water without running the 40hp yamaha. Last year, we lived on the pontoon, and I went thru 2 tanks of 6 gallons of fuel. That was it.

      Like you, I didn't know exactly what the 80lb TM was rated for amps wise, so I installed 6 ga wire, and put a 30 amp breaker on it... It hasn't kicked out yet. Knowing that information now, I could've saved some money and used 10 ga wire... But I figured better safe than sorry. My thought was, running the 6 ga wire and 30 amp breaker, if the breaker kicked out, then I would install a 40... and if that kicked out then, I could still install a 50 amp.

      I love my trolling motor, and am glad I went with an 80 lb'er.. It pushes our 20' pontoon about 4-5 mph wide open according to the gps on my phone... but unbelievably quiet.

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        Re: 16ft Electric Auto Pilot Pontoon Idea Coming to Fruition

        Will you be publishing your "float plan" in advance so the other boaters can avoid you during your cruise? Or will there be a wifi hailing frequency where both GPS units communicate and work out non-colliding routes? And without steering, how will you teach it your route in the first place?

        (The new "driverless car" license in Nevada (for Google experiments, mostly) actually requires two people to act as 'not the driver'.)

        Chip
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          Re: 16ft Electric Auto Pilot Pontoon Idea Coming to Fruition

          Your 80# motor maximum current draw is 56 amps.

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