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    I am planning on installing perfect pass (gps version) before summer but i can't find the answer to something that bothers me. According to the install instructions, the units power wire is hooked into the switched power at the ignition. So by having it wired this way wouldnt the system reset itself every time i shut off and then restart the boat? I usually shut the boat off while people are switching in and out of the water. Am i going to run into problems with waiting for the system to "boot up" and find the gps signal or could i just wire the system directly to the battery with a separate dash switch so it can be kept on all the time? I'm sure others have run into this, but i may have missed something.

  • #2
    I'm wired this way and never really noticed any boot up or lag time when coming out of power off. The system picks up wherever it leaves off. I think that once you restart, take slack out of your rope, get your ready signal, it'll be ready to go. But to be fair, I've never tried any speed tests to really see if there was a delay.
    "This one goes to eleven." 2007 ProStar 197 TT w/MCX and Powerslot.

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    • #3
      No, you shouldn't have a problem. Each time you start the engine, the PP unit cycles through and does a self test. All the settings, etc stay in memory and load to the same place you left it off at.

      I don't have the GPS version so I don't know how long that takes to boot up.
      - Jeff

      1994 205, LT1

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      • #4
        It saves your settings every time you make a change.
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        • #5
          I guess i'm more worried about how long it will take for it to find its GPS signal everytime. I've heard of it sometimes taking a minute or two to get the signal and if it would go through that everytime i shut off the engine it would get really annoying.

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          • #6
            Mine might take 15-20 seconds when I first get the boat out on the lake, but after that, its about 2-5 seconds after a restart. I'm guessing its keeping track of where the satellites are located, when you power off, so that it can re-acquire quicker on restart.

            Rob

            2005 MariStar 210VRS - MCX - ACME #845
            1994 Prostar 205 TBI 350 (previous boat)
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Retoxtony View Post
              I guess i'm more worried about how long it will take for it to find its GPS signal everytime. I've heard of it sometimes taking a minute or two to get the signal and if it would go through that everytime i shut off the engine it would get really annoying.
              I have that problem with my radio so I moved it to the accessory switch. that way I can still shut the power off to it but it is not affected by the ingition switch. Anyone done this with their perfect pass?

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              • #8
                I installed the Perfect Pass stargazer with GPS last summer. Only required Ignition, Ground, and Tach, was able to make all 3 connections on the back of my Tacometer. It re-establishes connection to GPS and resumes settings very quick!, by the time you get the skier ready and rope tight, it has locked gps signal again. The settings remain in memory.

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys, I don't have any experience with the GPS version so I didn't know what to expect. Sounds like it will work just fine for me.

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                  • #10
                    Next time I'm on the water I'll measure 'time-to-ready' from ignition off and let you know.
                    "This one goes to eleven." 2007 ProStar 197 TT w/MCX and Powerslot.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by carlsonwa View Post
                      I installed the Perfect Pass stargazer with GPS last summer. Only required Ignition, Ground, and Tach, was able to make all 3 connections on the back of my Tacometer. It re-establishes connection to GPS and resumes settings very quick!, by the time you get the skier ready and rope tight, it has locked gps signal again. The settings remain in memory.

                      I'm not sure if you having any issues with it wired this way, surging or what not.

                      But, as a tip I got from the people at PP running a dedicated ground wire, I used 12 gauge wire, from the engine block to the PP unit was recommended.

                      On my PP stargazer it takes no noticeable time to find satellites. When shutting down to change surfers or boarders I can turn the key to ACC and by the time the gauges are on the PP is ready.
                      Tim
                      Gone, surfing.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CantRepeat View Post
                        I'm not sure if you having any issues with it wired this way, surging or what not.

                        But, as a tip I got from the people at PP running a dedicated ground wire, I used 12 gauge wire, from the engine block to the PP unit was recommended.

                        On my PP stargazer it takes no noticeable time to find satellites. When shutting down to change surfers or boarders I can turn the key to ACC and by the time the gauges are on the PP is ready.
                        Thanks for the tip, if I do have any problems I will try that!

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