August 08, 2013

Lowrance Partners With MotorGuide to Launch PinpointConnect

Collaboration Delivers Powerful GPS Navigational Interface For MotorGuide Xi5 Wireless Trolling Motors on Lowrance HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch Displays


Lowrance recently announced the cooperative development of MotorGuide PinpointConnect, which is a new interface that seamlessly integrates Lowrance HDS® Gen2 and Gen2 Touch fishfinder/chartplotters with MotorGuide’s new Xi5 Wireless Trolling Motor featuring Pinpoint® GPS navigation.

PinpointConnect Interface

Through the PinpointConnect interface to a Pinpoint GPS-enabled Xi5 MotorGuide wireless trolling motor, HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch system users get greater boat control with navigational functions that are operated directly from the chartplotter display.

Key Features:

  • Operate navigational functions from your Lowrance HDS Gen2 display
  • Ability to set a virtual anchor
  • Set, recall and navigate to waypoints or cursor
  • Plot a course or recall a trail
  • Maintain a current boat heading

FAQ for Lowrance/MotorGuide Xi5 Wireless Trolling Motor Integration

When will the new MotorGuide wireless trolling motor system be available?

  • MotorGuide expects to begin shipment of Xi5 Wireless Trolling Motors and the Pinpoint GPS interface module in September with full availability in October.
  • Navigational functions on a Pinpoint GPS-equipped Xi5 trolling motor can be controlled from a wireless handset — available from MotorGuide Xi5 with the Pinpoint GPS upgrade
  • For an enhanced user experience and ease-of-use, the MotorGuide PinpointConnect connection device and required HDS Gen2/Gen2 Touch software update are expected in Spring 2014.

What are the expected street prices?

  • The expected retail prices of the Xi5 Wireless Trolling Motor will range from a suggested retail price of $700 to $1,399 depending on specific options (voltage, shaft length, controller type).
  • Sold separately from the Xi5 Trolling Motor, the suggested retail price of the Pinpoint GPS interface module is $449.
  • The PinpointConnect device can be added to any of the Xi5 Wireless Trolling Motor models and has a suggested retail price of approximately $249.
  • The HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch software upgrades are FREE.


What are the key features expected with the Lowrance/MotorGuide Xi5 Wireless Trolling Motor Integration?

  • Set virtual anchor
  • Recall and navigate to waypoints or a cursor
  • Plot a course or recall a trail
  • Maintain a current boat heading

To what level will Lowrance HDS and MotorGuide Xi5 products be compatible?

  • All Xi5 Wireless Trolling Motors will support the Pinpoint GPS interface module as well as the PinpointConnect device.
  • MotorGuide Xi5 chartplotter-control will require an HDS Gen2/Gen2 Touch fishfinder/chartplotter with the appropriate software update and an NMEA 2000® network connection.
  • MotorGuide Xi5 chartplotter-control will not be compatible with older HDS Gen1 units.

Where can the MotorGuide Xi5 Trolling Motor, Pinpoint GPS interface module and PinpointConnect be purchased?

  • All models will be available for sale from authorized MotorGuide dealers and distributors.