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Old 02-20-2011, 09:42 AM
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Does anyone have one if these gizmos?

If so does it work? It seems like a good idea, I often fish alone and have come close to going over once or twice.

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Old 02-20-2011, 09:52 AM
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Works very well. I cant imagine the feeling of going in and watching her troll away and or trying to board with the wheels turning.
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I bought one a few months ago due to the fact that I'm fishing solo more often these days. I've tested it a time or two and it worked exactly as advertised. Occasionally, I'll be leaning across my leaning post (facing the engines) and my body will interrupt the signal long enough to pop the lanyard off the kill button. Good piece of mine to know its got my back. Have ran a dozen trips or so on the same set of AAA batteries also. Only thing I don't care about is that it is only waterproof to 3ft. It will still do its job if you fall overboard but the transmitter will likely have to be replaced at that point. Still not a bad deal if it saves your life...
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Good to know, I have looked at them due to the fact I fish alone a lot of times and do a lot of trolling in the summer on the big water of Lake Hartwell and would be in a world of shit if I fell over while fooling with downriggers.

I keep kill switch on while running alone but have realized while trolling and leaning out of boat I am in the most danger.

I swim well but not worth the chance, will put my order in for one.

Just wanted to make sure they really worked
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Awesome , Awesome Awesome product!! It works exactly as advertised!! I am always out alone and never leave without it turned on and clipped to my PFD..........In fact, I was so impressed by the product and the company that makes them , that I decided to sell them here at our shop!!
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:33 PM
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I'm going to be buying one of these from BOE Marine sometime in the next month or so along with 3 extra sensors, one especially for my son who will be 1 year old at the end of May.

I faithfully use my red-coiled lanyard but won't have to once I have the AutoTether installed. I look forward to it.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:57 PM
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I just got one of these from BOE. I fish alone most of the time and find myself leaning over the side to retrieve the fish. I am looking forward to installing it this spring. Seems to me it's worth a few hundred bucks to save your life.

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Yep, works as advertised.

Great product!

I attach it to my T8 trolling motor when fishing alone.
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:27 PM
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We have them for very cheap with free shipping. Our parts department phone # is 804-798-2992. I would post the price but Autotether had a nuclear meltdown when I asked what people were willing to pay and posted a price.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:12 PM
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Have had one for several years now, and can't imagine boating/fishing alone without one.
Works as advertised.
I use the standard kill switch lanyard while moving at speed, then switch to the Autotether while trolling and fishing. Great peace of mind. Test yours regularly. They work.

How much is your life worth?
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Gordof, you'll be pleased to hear that installation entails peeling the protective plastic off the mounting pads and sticking them on your console.
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CAP1, why use the actual physical- tether while underway?, is it because there is a delay of some sort?
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I've used mine for 2-3 seasons. Change the batteries at the start and test every once in a while. I'm by myself 98% on the boat and have slipped before. I'm aware of a few people here on the Cape who have recently lost their lives falling overboard. I want at least a chance.
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I have one and will not ever go offshore alone without it.
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I also have one and if I'm going out alone, its going to be installed...
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
CAP1, why use the actual physical- tether while underway?, is it because there is a delay of some sort?

I would wear the physical tether while running incase I lost my footing, whacked my head but was still in the boat. Auto Tether is the ticket when you're trolling and/or moving about the boat with the motor enaged.
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Today's Cleveland Plain Dealer had a brief article reference an Australian fisherman that was fishing alone and got knocked out of his boat. Did not have a lifejacket on. He swam back to shore in about six hours.

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I've had my Autotether for three years (and on two different boats) and wouldn't be without one. I boat alone probably 75%+ and just don't want to take a chance of falling overboard and not having the red lanyard connected (which we all know is a royal pain). The Autotether is so easy to use and really works (which I know because typically when I come into the fuel dock I forget that I have it in my pocket, jump off my boat to tie up the lines, and then the engines quit when the Autotether kicks in).

I know of someone who my wife worked with who was out boating alone, fell off his boat, and ended up dead. He didn't have his red lanyard hooked up (and of course didn't have an Autotether).

I also wear an inflatable PFD when I boat alone. It's slim enough that it's not uncomfortable to wear all day, and provides added peace of mind. When you have someone else on the boat, it's a different story in terms of the ability to survive falling overboard. If you boat alone (or have a wife or girlfriend who doesn't know how to operate your boat) you are at risk (speaking of which, I'm having my wife taking lessons this year from someone else on how to operate the boat so that we don't end up killing each other in the process of my trying to teach her).

Autotether is a great company to work with. I had a problem with mine in terms of interference when I switched to my new boat, and even though my unit was out of warranty, they reprogrammed it at no cost and were terrific to work with. I see them at all the boat shows and tell them how great the product is.

Also, some insurance companies will give you a discount for using an Autotether (which in my case has already paid for itself).

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You don't have to go far to find examples of why, IMHO, in this day and age anyone is pretty much insane to go out alone without an auto tether:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...hing-solo.html

"I run to the back of the boat grab the rod and it falls in the water - I each over the rail and before Iknow it I'in the drink and my boat is moving at 2-3 knots away from me........"

"I look to my left and grab the other remaining line I was trolling, wrap it around my arm and hold on for dear life. After a minute it breaks off and now I'm really screwed. I lost my last connection to my boat that is cruising away from me at 2- knots!!! I am in the middle of the channel of the Hudson River and my boat is about 1/4 a mile away from me. I see it turning slightly to towards the middle of the channel and it looks like it is gonna make a circle to head south for the GW Bridge. There are guys crabbing off the Piermont Pier and I am screaming HELP HELP and they cannot hear..."

This one turned out well but imagine a mile or so offshore with no one else around....
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If you went overboard, and the autotether stopped the engine, the potential for wind or current to keep the boat out of your reach is quite high if they exist at the time. A few years ago I read of someone who always had 100 feet of polypropalene rope tied off the back of their boat when trolling. Since it floats, there is a good chance for you to be able to get back to your boat quickly. Granted, it's a little more hassle, but really increases the saftey factor. I don't have the autotether yet although I plan to get one, but I do have the rope, and wear flotation when alone. I also have a swim ladder on both of my boats, there's no way a fat old man is going to climb over the side to regain entry.
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