Lowrance announces Outboard Pilot


Lowrance has a new Outboard Pilot for use with the Lowrance High Definition System (HDS) series. This easy-to-use autopilot system allows fingertip steering of the outboard engine. Featuring integrated control from an HDS Gen2 or HDS Gen2 Touch, the Outboard Pilot can be installed with hydraulic  or cable-steered outboard systems, all with commands coming directly from the HDS display.


Designed for single outboard set-ups on boats 30 feet or less in length, the Lowrance Outboard Pilot can steer to a selected heading, waypoint or along a route, or it can execute a selected turn pattern. The Outboard Pilot allows users to create routes from saved trails with the touch of a button, in order to retrace previous tracks from a fishing area back to the dock.


The new Lowrance HDS SmartSteer™ interface provides outboard control as well as the ability to control a MotorGuide Xi5 Pinpoint electric-steer trolling motor. This new steering interface and the free HDS 3.5 software update allows anglers to switch between the Xi5 trolling motor and the outboard motor with the push of a button.


The Outboard Pilot is easy to install and configure, and has all the required parts for a do-it-yourself solution. Other key features that simplify the Outboard Pilot installation include a Virtual Rudder Feedback (VRF), which eliminates the need for a rudder position sensor, as well as plug-and-socket connections with no complex terminal wiring and a straightforward first-time installation guide. The complete system includes a Point-1 GPS antenna with heading sensor for accurate and rapid boat position and heading updates, at any speed, as well as a dash-mountable auto/standby button.


The Lowrance Outboard Pilot will be available in November. Offered in hydraulic- or cable-steer versions, the Outboard Pilot is priced at  $999 and $1,499, respectively. Both include the NAC-1 Autopilot Computer, Point-1 Heading and GPS Sensors and either the HELM-1 or PUMP-1 drive units. The free Lowrance HDS 3.5 software upgrade is scheduled for release in August. 


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