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Old 08-15-2018, 02:21 PM
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Default Autotether.. Any downsides? Does it have a battery test?

I do a lot of solo fishing and usually wear the killswitch cord but it seems so frail, and obviously is ALWAYS in the way

I feel like the autotether is a great idea, but the battery situation and testing seems like it might suck since I feel like I would have to change them every time. Edit to add, says 300 hours, so basically you replace the batteries every time you go out, or take them out?
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I have an autotether (second one). I go fishing weekly most of the year. I do not take the batteries out every time (PS: it's kind of a pain in the ass). As a matter of course I change the batteries every six months or so; or when they wear out (unit will not turn on). Just make sure you turn the unit OFF after every use.
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I only use mine when solo offshore, but batteries last a season. When you turn it on heading out you'll see the light indicator sync, and turn it off upon return. Easy.
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Originally Posted by bbeardsley View Post
I only use mine when solo offshore, but batteries last a season. When you turn it on heading out you'll see the light indicator sync, and turn it off upon return. Easy.
Same here. Swapped out the head unit for hard wired one. I swap batteries in the FOB at the beginning of the year.
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I've had autotether for yrs. At first it was ok. But it starting eating batteries like crazy. Gave up on it. Since I do go out 90 percent of the time solo, I kept searching for replacement. Found Fells ​​​​​Marine. They have a unit that is hardwired in conjunction with kill switch or can replace it. The little unit that "talks" to installed part, can fit in a watch band or necklace type holder. It gets bluetoothed to installed part . Anytime they loose communication, engine is shut off.

​​​​​​​So far its worked great. Have had it going on 3 years. Multiple friends have installed units on their boats. Can work on outboards or inboards.
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Originally Posted by toristoy View Post
I've had autotether for yrs. At first it was ok. But it starting eating batteries like crazy. Gave up on it. Since I do go out 90 percent of the time solo, I kept searching for replacement. Found Fells ​​​​​Marine. They have a unit that is hardwired in conjunction with kill switch or can replace it. The little unit that "talks" to installed part, can fit in a watch band or necklace type holder. It gets bluetoothed to installed part . Anytime they loose communication, engine is shut off.

So far its worked great. Have had it going on 3 years. Multiple friends have installed units on their boats. Can work on outboards or inboards.
​​​​​​​I love my Fell Marine Man Overboard system!
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I have an autotether and hardly use it but I do when alone. Bought it a couple years ago and turned it on the other day. Tested and still works. Battery problems...what battery problems. Must have got some good ones,
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I use my autotether all the time battery life is fine. Great customer service too. I repowered my boat and need a different cutoff switch adapter, I called them and it was in the mail the next day, no charge.
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Originally Posted by Vantaredoc View Post

I love my Fell Marine Man Overboard system!
x2 on the Fell system. Now I actually use a kill switch every time. Great tech support as well.
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I though autotether was out of business, I had one for years and the battery holder broke but I was able to fix it, it broke for good and was unable to get any customer support so I went with Fell, 2nd season and it's working great. I have the first generation that only supports 1 fob at a time, I believe the new ones can use multiple fobs, way better than a lanyard for sure. The autotether base had springs on both sides of the batteries making it very difficult to get the batteries out.
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I used an Autotether for a few years when they first came out. Worked well for a while, then it didn't. Recently went with the VL system (Virtual Lifeline Wireless Marine Engine Emergency Shutdown). Three years and all is good. Replaced the FOB after two years. It's pricy, but for its intended use, who cares.
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Any of you guys that had autotether that broke still have the fobs? I would like to add for kids and dog.
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Sorry, mine was on the boat when I sold it.
Old 10-01-2018, 05:59 AM
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Default Autotether Batteries

If anyone is having an an issue with batteries please contact us at info@autotether.com and we'll take care of it We also have a 12v option, which allows simple connection to boats 12v power thru T-Tap connectors, if changing batteries is an issue. easy install and still no need to wire into ignition system
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I would be interested in that. I currently take mine off the boat every time because always worried about batteries corroding. I have an old trim tab switch I could remove and plug in there. How much is the adapter and does it make the unit any bulkier.

There was a post before this comment from AT about a 12volt option but it was taken down.

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Old 10-01-2018, 06:18 AM
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We can't retrofit old units but it is available as a special. It does not make the unit any bulkier. Its all done inside the same case. Contact us at info@autotether.com and we can put together an option for you
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I was on a boat with an auto tether after they were just introduced. We were leaving a dangerous inlet and the damn thing activated and the boat died. We managed to restart and get straight. Never again.
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Joe not sure what the issue was. But we're of course always happy to resolve them. Always feel free to contact us at info@autotether.com We always work to resolve any issues with our customers
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I don't have one but I also tend to over think stuff. What if you simply fell ill and dropped to the deck...…….?. I use my kill switch all the time. It has it's draw backs for sure.
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Just want to make everyone aware of a few things regarding Autotether. Company is under new management and we'll address any issues customers might have had in the past. We've continued to make improvements and do offer an external 12v powered version for those that prefer not to use batteries. So please contact us at info@autotether.com if there are any questions or we can resolve any issues

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