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Old 11-28-2015, 06:38 PM
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Been waiting for mine from for 90+ days.... I'd love to give you an opinion, but can't..Sigh.
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Old 11-29-2015, 12:20 AM
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You'll probably have to wait another 90. When I was just about to give up on mine & started to ask about getting my money back I received it shortly thereafter.
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Old 11-29-2015, 02:04 AM
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Originally Posted by psychocuda View Post
You'll probably have to wait another 90. When I was just about to give up on mine & started to ask about getting my money back I received it shortly thereafter.
That's pretty much what the email I sent last night said...Hoping for a similar result!
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Old 11-29-2015, 02:42 AM
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I had multiple points of failure on my Auto-tether. The one that troubled me the most was the failure of the plastic part that actually disconnects the kill switch. The pin broke inside the plastic housing that attaches to the kill switch. The unit would activate ( I could hear it and feel it) but the pin wouldn't move. Of course it's sealed... go figure.

I love the idea but the product isn't robust enough. For example the springs that hold the batteries came apart while replacing them... rendering the unit useless. Come on.... I have $3 flashlights that hold up better.

Safety items should be constructed in a way that makes them highly reliable... this product does not meet my standard. Maybe the newer version is better but the best predictor of the future is the past. Fool me once shame on them, fool me twice shame on me.

The Maritech unit looks promising.
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Old 11-29-2015, 05:17 PM
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Agreed. I bought and returned the auto tether. No comment. Maritech for me from now on. Enough said...
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:06 AM
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I hadn't heard of Maritech before, and there's a load of companies called Maritech, here's the link to the tethering system that they make:
http://www.maritechind.com/vlunit.html
It's more money than a Autotether, but uses very different technology.

Interesting!
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:10 AM
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I've had a pretty bad experience with my Autotether. First the batteries leaked in the main unit and ruined the circuit board (my fault I guess). Paid to have that replace with a "demo" unit and it continually false alarms. Not fun at all when the kill switch fires at cruise++. After a few attempts to get that resolved, I've given up and gone back to the old fashion tether.

Would love to see a similar product out there that's reliable and supported well.
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:55 AM
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I use mine only when boating alone, with children or when the weather turns sh*tty fast. Other than that it is in the pelican case. If its flat out and I have the GF (who can operate the boat) or the fellas, I use the standard leash.
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Old 11-30-2015, 02:15 PM
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I've had autotether for three years. The only problem I've had was with the rubber gasket, after changing batteries. My eyes just weren't good enough to get it back on correctly. Called them up, they said to send it in, and they took care of it. I've had absolutely no other issues and no rust. I keep mine locked in my electronics box when not in use. I would buy another in a heartbeat !
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Old 11-30-2015, 02:35 PM
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For a short time I was a rep Autotether out in the NW. Company based in Connecticut. After agreeing on a working relationship, things changed real quick. They wanted me to buy all the units up front and backed out of their agreement with me to pay for part of the show expenses.

Phone calls and e-mails would go unanswered for days.........

As far as the unit, yes it goes through batteries like no tomorrow. And the design (I had one of the first style units) where the back had to be unscrewed, then you had to deal with that thin, cheep rubber gadget every time you replaced batteries was nothing more then a PITA.

I've had the thing fire off as well while running up the river.
Come to think of it, I have a unit or two up in the cabinet........

IMHO,,,just use good judgement and take that money and spend it on a GOOD inflatable PFD and wear your lanyard RELIGIOUSLY.

If your really hell bent on one, PM me and I might work out a deal with ya.
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:08 PM
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Gotta send a shout out to Ed from Autothether. Just before Thanksgiving I replaced the batteries on my Autotether and when attaching the back cover one of the four posts that hold it in place broke. Probably from me over tightening the thing. I called the number I found on the website and a guy named Ed answered. Told him my problem and he asked me to hold on while he pulled over. Turns out I got his cell phone. He took my information and said there was no need for me to return the unit. He would ship out the replacement part asap. Got it a few days later and it's all good. Couldn't have been easier to deal with.
Thanks again Ed.
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Old 12-16-2016, 05:36 PM
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Ed is awesome. No product is ever going to be 100% perfect all the time but great customer service always wins my loyalty.
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Old 01-08-2017, 06:04 PM
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Similar experience with Ed. I had one of my FOB's go to bad due to batteries damaging internal board. Ed said send it in and he'd fix it but I decided to simply buy a new one. Have used one for quite a few years and it's worked well. Have had it disengage while running hard a time or two but nice to know it works! Now, as far as the dentist bills go from the extreme slow down when they engaged, where do I send them
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Surfside View Post
Similar experience with Ed. I had one of my FOB's go to bad due to batteries damaging internal board. Ed said send it in and he'd fix it but I decided to simply buy a new one. Have used one for quite a few years and it's worked well. Have had it disengage while running hard a time or two but nice to know it works! Now, as far as the dentist bills go from the extreme slow down when they engaged, where do I send them
Did you advise Ed it disengaged prematurely? Happened to me a few years back and he walked me through a re program over the phone. Was pretty simple with his help.
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:52 AM
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worked great when I first purchased
degraded a little every year until I had to throw it away
I gave ordered a Fell Marine. It appears to be a much higher build quality , I just need to install and test over the winter
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Old 01-09-2017, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by JollyMonNJ View Post
Did you advise Ed it disengaged prematurely? Happened to me a few years back and he walked me through a re program over the phone. Was pretty simple with his help.
JM: It disengaged as the clip actually released from the ignition button (?) so I simply chased it up to my attaching it poorly. I will have to give him a call and see about this re-program. I really like it and the freedom it offers you to move about the boat and know the motors will shut down automatically if I go overboard as I run the boat a fair amount by myself fishing and such...

Thanks for the suggestion
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:29 AM
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Been using mine for two weeks with no issues. Really enjoying the freedom it offers. Turn on and forget, trying to get in a habit of removing after use so I remember to turn it off when boat is not in use.

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