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Old 03-02-2013, 04:49 AM
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has anybody had any experience with one ,also is it water resistance and looks like it glues on the the console. looking for comments thinking about buying one since i added autopilot to my seahunt boat
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Originally Posted by emptypockets 2 View Post
has anybody had any experience with one ,also is it water resistance and looks like it glues on the the console. looking for comments thinking about buying one since i added autopilot to my seahunt boat
have use it for a year... no issues.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:23 AM
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I’ve got one and I use it when I troll by myself. Works every time I test it. It makes me feel safer. The fob you put in your pocket is much smaller than the knife on your hip. Very unobtrusive.
The part that fastens to your console attaches with the same type of Velcro type material you use on your EZPass transponder.
I like it. I recommend it to friends.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:28 AM
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Great product! I used it "every" time I go out alone. It goes in my pocket when I board and never comes out until I'm back at the dock. Just be sure to keep extra batteries on hand.
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I have the wireless CostalKey installed - that works really great - but I think they are waiting for FCC approval before it can be used/sold in the USA. Remote Start/Stop of engines - and MOB engine stop function. And it is all electronic.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:46 AM
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Is this wireless?
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Is this wireless?
Yes - wireless :-) http://www.coastkey.com/en/
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:31 AM
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The Autotether is waterproof (and I know the hard way, let my son carry the control unit while we were leaving the boat and he promptly dropped it into the water).

It comes with a couple of pieces of heavy duty velcro which hold the thing on great and let you remove it in case you're worried about theft (like me, unfortunately).

Works like a charm - I go out with my 8 and 11 year old often, I use it when we're out so I know immediately if one of them got out of my sight for a second and went over (obviously, both good swimmers wearing vests) or on the off chance I go over I don't want them to have to figure out how to turn the throttle down (they've been told, but you don't want to bet on them remembering under pressure).
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:39 PM
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Where can I get one? is it easy to install? Available by mail order? Thanks
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by bernieykwan View Post
Where can I get one? is it easy to install? Available by mail order? Thanks
go to BOE marine..listed on here
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:40 PM
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Thanks. I mean the Coastkey system in the USA? It appears to be a nicer design than the autotether system. I defer to the experts here.
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Originally Posted by bernieykwan View Post
Thanks. I mean the Coastkey system in the USA? It appears to be a nicer design than the autotether system. I defer to the experts here.
I think they are waiting for FCC approval before launching - but send them an email. They are nice guys as well :-)
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by kaz911 View Post
I have the wireless CostalKey installed - that works really great - but I think they are waiting for FCC approval before it can be used/sold in the USA. Remote Start/Stop of engines - and MOB engine stop function. And it is all electronic.
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Yes - wireless :-) http://www.coastkey.com/en/
Perhaps I missed it, but there is one thing I saw no mention of on that site, and which I think would be crucial in a product like this: Unlike Autotether, they apparently make no distinction between a passenger going overboard and the operator going overboard; and so, the engine gets killed regardless of who it is. In a scenario like the one posted by Brooklyn Greenhorn, the LAST thing you want is to lose the ability to immediately go back and retrieve the lost child/dog/whatever.



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Old 03-05-2013, 12:31 AM
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I have it but we don't use it due to the fact when you put it in your pants pocket under your grunden's it doesn't work. It is not strong enough to transmit though the grunden's. Anybody else have this problem? If so, any fixes?
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:05 PM
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I have had an Autotether going on 3 years now. Been in the shop 3 times. I am going out tomorrow, so I thought I would check it. Guess what? Doesn't work again. I thought I would check this forum for other options, will check out the coastalkey.
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Originally Posted by Itteldoo View Post
Perhaps I missed it, but there is one thing I saw no mention of on that site, and which I think would be crucial in a product like this: Unlike Autotether, they apparently make no distinction between a passenger going overboard and the operator going overboard; and so, the engine gets killed regardless of who it is. In a scenario like the one posted by Brooklyn Greenhorn, the LAST thing you want is to lose the ability to immediately go back and retrieve the lost child/dog/whatever.


In a Coastkey system there is only one key unit which the person operating the boat is wearing. If the engine stops because the communications with the key is lost (operator in the water) the people remaining in the boat can restart the engine by pushing a button on the Coastkey main unit. This button will only work when the engine has stopped due to lost comms with the key.

Coastkey is a wireless kill switch which is very well suited for fast boats or for anyone being alone in their boat.

I've been using Coastkey for 6 years. I was one of their pilot user back then. In the start I experienced some unwanted stops due to due to different reasons. I've been communicating a lot both with the boss and some of the engineers, they were always very responsive when I experienced problems. Over time they improved the product and upgraded my units both hardware and software wise several times (I have Coastkey on two boats), the last couple of years both systems have been 100% stable. Last year they upgrade me to the new very nice key unit.

When fishing alone (trolling) I feel much safer when using Coastkey. I'm using an inflatable life west and if the wind is not too strong I think I will be able to get back into the boat if I fall overboard.
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My only problem with the autoteather is the battery life sucks. I fish the weekends and if you don't remove the batteries out of the main unit it seems to go dead after a few days. Kind of a pain because the back panel has 4 screws holding everything in place, but unscrew, pull out a battery and good for the week, get back put battery back in- good for anther 2 days and repeat.....
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Originally Posted by DavenFla View Post
have use it for a year... no issues.
Guess what... issues. My unit works (base) but the plunger pin on the key disconnect won't operate. I contacted the company and they said "send it back".
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Originally Posted by Wildwood_Jeff View Post
My only problem with the autoteather is the battery life sucks. I fish the weekends and if you don't remove the batteries out of the main unit it seems to go dead after a few days. Kind of a pain because the back panel has 4 screws holding everything in place, but unscrew, pull out a battery and good for the week, get back put battery back in- good for anther 2 days and repeat.....
Mine sits in a box from September to May and my batteries work just fine.

Are you leaving it on during the week?
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