II. AUTOMATIC OPERATIONAL MODES

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  • Last update: 03 July 2013

There are three (3) AUTOMATIC OPERATIONAL MODES that the Auto Glide uses to make all of the automatic boat control decisions. These AUTOMATIC OPERATIONAL MODES are:

   A. IDLE MODE

   B. HOLE SHOT MODE

   C. PLANING MODE

 These three AUTOMATIC OPERATIONAL MODES use the Engine and GPS CANBUS DATA plus the HOME ROLL AND PITCH POSITIONS to decide how and when to move the trim tabs to correct the position of the boat.

 

A. IDLE MODE:

The primary objective of IDLE MODE is to limit the movement of the trim tabs during idle conditions which would include situations such as maneuvering the boat within a marina or boat launch area.

1. ENTERING IDLE MODE: The Auto Glide will transition into IDLE MODE when the boat’s motor(s) is started and the Auto Glide sees 400 RPMs or greater from the CANBUS data. The AUTO SETTING button will illuminate on the Key Pad to indicate the Auto Glide is in an automatic mode.

The following illustrations outline the sequence of LED indicator flashes as the Auto Glide transitions into IDLE MODE when you start the motor(s).

LED SEQUENCE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING MOTOR(S) STARTUP

AUTO-RETRACTION FOLLOWING MOTOR(S) STARTUP

NOTE: If it is the first time you have started your motor(s) since turning “ON” your battery switch, the Auto Glide will auto-retract the trim tabs to ensure they are fully retracted. The Auto Glide will also auto-retract the trim tabs if you were in MANUAL MODE the last time you turned OFF your motor(s).

Once the Auto Glide “wakes up”, it takes a few moments to verify that it is receiving all of the required ENGINE and GPS DATA and that both HOME ROLL AND PITCH DEFAULT POSITIONS have been stored. It then defaults to the “AUTO” AUTOMATIC SETTING and IDLE MODE.

 

2. EXITING IDLE MODE INTO HOLE SHOT MODE: The Auto Glide will not extend or retract the trim tabs while you are in IDLE MODE. If you are maneuvering around the dock or boat launch area, the trim tabs remain retracted until you EXIT IDLE MODE by:

• Going faster than 4 MPH:

• Override IDLE MODE by pressing the currently selected AUTOMATIC SETTING BUTTON (i.e. AUTO, FAV 1, FAV 2, HOLD):

   B. HOLE SHOT MODE:

The objective of HOLE SHOT MODE is to provide the fastest and most efficient transition from HOLE SHOT to ON PLANE by automatically deploying the trim tabs before  cceleration and automatically retracting the trim tabs as the boat reaches cruising speed and the CURRENT PITCH POSITION approaches the saved HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION.

ENTERING HOLE SHOT MODE: Once the boat enters into HOLE SHOT MODE, the Auto Glide automatically fully deploys the trim tabs in preparation for Hole Shot.

1. TRIM TABS AUTO-RETRACT IN REVERSE IF BOAT IS EQUIPPED WITH DIGITAL SHIFT SYSTEM: If the boat has Mercury DTS Engine Shift or NMEA 2000 Engine Shift Systems, the Auto Glide will retract the trim tabs when you shift your motor(s) into reverse. This only occurs while the Auto Glide is in HOLE SHOT MODE. This feature is not available on boats that do not have Mercury DTS or NMEA 2000 Engine Shift data available on the CANBUS.

 

2. SMOOTH WATER CONDITIONS: TRANSITION FROM HOLE SHOT MODE TO PLANING MODE: After deploying the trim tabs, the Auto Glide monitors the boat’s GPS speed in preparation for the transition from HOLE SHOT MODE into PLANING MODE. As soon as the boat passes 12 MPH and the boat’s pitch angle begins to decrease, the Auto Glide begins to retract the trim tabs as the boat approaches the HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION.

NOTE: THE AUTO GLIDE WILL NOT CORRECT FOR ROLL WHILE IT IS IN HOLE SHOT MODE. ROLL CORRECTIONS ARE MADE ONCE THE BOAT REACHES ITS HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION AND THE AUTO GLIDE TRANSITIONS TO PLANING MODE.

 

 3. ROUGH WATER HOLE SHOT: The Auto Glide is constantly measuring sea conditions. If it senses rough seas while in HOLE SHOT MODE, the Auto Glide will fully retract the trim tabs to minimize the chances of pushing the boat’s bow under a wave while you are attempting to get on plane in rough seas.

NOTE: THE AUTO GLIDE CONTINUES TO MONITOR SEA CONDITIONS EVEN AFTER DETECTING ROUGH SEAS AND RETRACTING THE TRIM TABS. IF THE AUTO GLIDE DETECTS THAT THE SEA CONDITIONS HAVE SMOOTHED OUT AFTER 15 SECONDS, THE TABS ARE RE-DEPLOYED AND THE AUTO GLIDE DEFAULTS BACK TO NORMAL HOLE SHOT MODE. THIS HELPS REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF PASSING THRU LARGE BOAT WAKES AND FALSELY DETECTING ROUGH SEA CONDITIONS.

 

4. ROUGH WATER CONDITIONS: TRANSITION FROM ROUGH WATER HOLE SHOT MODE TO PLANING MODE: After retracting the trim tabs, the Auto Glide monitors the boat’s GPS speed and pitch angle in preparation for the transition from ROUGH WATER HOLE SHOT MODE to PLANING MODE. In most rough water conditions, it takes longer to get on plane than it does in smooth water conditions. Sometimes the conditions are so rough that the boat might not ever get on plane.

In ROUGH WATER HOLE SHOT MODE, the Auto Glide will begin to make automatic corrections to changes in roll angle after the boat is going faster than 12 MPH, but has still not transitioned to PLANING MODE. However, no automatic pitch corrections will be made until the boat’s CURRENT PITCH POSITION reaches the Auto Glide’s HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION and transitions to PLANING MODE.

 

 5. OVERRIDING ROUGH WATER HOLE SHOT MODE: In the event you are in rough water, but still want the Auto Glide to assist the boat getting on plane you can OVERRIDE ROUGH WATER HOLE SHOT MODE by pressing the selected (lighted) AUTOMATIC SETTING BUTTON. This is the button in which you are currently operating. This could be any of the four (4) AUTOMATIC SETTING BUTTONS. Once you press this AUTOMATIC SETTING BUTTON, the trim tabs will fully deploy and the Auto Glide will default to normal HOLE SHOT MODE.

WARNING IF YOU OVERRIDE ROUGH WATER HOLE SHOT, YOU ARE ASSUMING FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE EFFECTS OF HOLE SHOT TRANSITION IN ROUGH SEA CONDITIONS.

 

 C. PLANING MODE:

The objective of PLANING MODE is to automatically detect and correct Roll and Pitch angle changes to maintain the most economical, smooth and level ride for the boat.

The Auto Glide transitions from HOLE SHOT MODE into PLANING MODE as soon as the boat reaches the HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION, During PLANING MODE, the Auto Glide monitors Roll and Pitch changes and automatically moves the trim tabs to correct for those changes. The CURRENT ROLL AND PITCH POSITIONS are constantly displayed on the Key Pad Crosshair LED Indicators.

The following illustrations outline how the Auto Glide corrects for Roll and Pitch angle changes and how these changes are displayed on the Key Pad Crosshair LED Indicator.

EXAMPLE 1: BOAT’S CURRENT ROLL AND PITCH POSITIONS MATCH THE AUTO GLIDE’S HOME ROLL AND PITCH DEFAULT POSITIONS:

Only the green center LEDs are illuminated on the Crosshair LED Indicators when the boat’s CURRENT ROLL AND PITCH POSITIONS match the Auto Glide’s HOME ROLL AND PITCH DEFAULT POSITIONS.

NOTE: THIS EXAMPLE ILLUSTRATES THE KEY PAD LED INDICATORS DISPLAY WHEN THE BOAT’S ROLL AND PITCH POSITIONS ARE EQUAL TO THE HOME DEFAULT POSTITIONS WHICH WERE ESTABLISHED DURING SETUP MODE.

 

1. ROLL CORRECTION:

The following two examples will explain how the Auto Glide makes roll angle corrections while in PLANING MODE.

EXAMPLE 2A: BOAT’S CURRENT ROLL POSITION IS ROLLED TO PORT, BUT CURRENT PITCH MATCHES THE AUTO GLIDE’S HOME PITCH.

When the boat’s CURRENT ROLL POSITION has rolled to port side, but your CURRENT PITCH POSITION still matches the Auto Glide’s HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION, the Horizontal Crosshair LED Indicator will display how far the boat has rolled away from the HOME ROLL DEFAULT POSITION.

However, the green center LED will remain illuminated to indicate that the CURRENT HOME PITCH POSITION still matches Auto Glide’s HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION.   

EXAMPLE 2B: CORRECTING FOR A BOAT THAT IS ROLLED TO PORT, BUT CURRENT PITCH MATCHES THE AUTO GLIDE’S HOME PITCH.

The Auto Glide always corrects for ROLL CHANGES first and then corrects for PITCH CHANGES. Example 2A shows that the boat is rolled to port, but the CURRENT PITCH POSITION matches the HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION. In this case, the Auto Glide only needs to correct for ROLL ANGLE CHANGE.

 

2. PITCH CORRECTION:

The following two examples will explain how the Auto Glide makes Pitch Angle corrections while in PLANING MODE. 

NOTE: ENGINE TRIM CAN SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT THE BOAT’S CURRENT PITCH POSITION COMPARED TO THE AUTO GLIDE’S HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION. WHILE ON PLANE, MAKE SURE YOUR ENGINE IS TRIMMED TO MATCH THE RUNNING SURFACE OF THE BOAT.

EXAMPLE 3A: BOAT’S CURRENT ROLL POSITION MATCHES THE AUTO GLIDE’S HOME ROLL POSITION, BUT THE CURRENT PITCH POSITION IS ABOVE THE HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION.

This example is the exact opposite scenario as EXAMPLE 2A/B: When the boat’s CURRENT ROLL POSITION matches the HOME ROLL DEFAULT POSTION, but your CURRENT PITCH POSITION is above the Auto Glide’s HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION, the Vertical Crosshair LED Indicator will display how far the boat’s bow is above the HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION. 

However, the green center LED will remain illuminated to indicate that the CURRENT HOME ROLL POSITION still matches Auto Glide’s HOME ROLL DEFAULT POSITION.

EXAMPLE 3B: CORRECTING FOR A BOAT THAT IS PITCHED ABOVE THE HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION, BUT THE CURRENT ROLL POSITION MATCHES THE AUTO GLIDE’S HOME ROLL POSITION.

The Auto Glide always corrects for ROLL CHANGES first and then corrects for PITCH CHANGES. Example 3B shows that the boat is above the HOME PITCH DEFAULT POSITION, but the CURRENT ROLL POSITION matches the HOME ROLL DEFAULT POSITION. In this case the Auto Glide only needs to correct for PITCH ANGLE CHANGE.

 

3. YAW LOCKOUT:

The Auto Glide is constantly monitoring the boat’s Rate of Turn (YAW), but while in PLANING MODE the Auto Glide locks out Roll Corrections in shallow turns and locks out both Roll and Pitch Corrections in sharp turns.

Since almost all boats roll into a turn, the Auto Glide locks out roll correction in all turns greater than 1.25 degrees per second. This keeps the Auto Glide from making any unnecessary Roll Correction for temporary roll angle changes that are caused by a boat turning and not by an actual change in a boat’s CURRENT ROLL POSITION.

The Auto Glide will continue to make Pitch Corrections in shallow turns, but lock out both Roll and Pitch Corrections in sharp turns.

The following illustrations outline YAW LOCKOUT in detail:

  

4. RAPID DECELERATION:

While the Auto Glide is in PLANING MODE, it is constantly monitoring engine speed (RPM) via the engine’S CANBUS. In the event you need to slow the boat down very quickly, the Auto Glide defaults to RAPID DECELERATION MODE that enables you to maintain good visibility throughout the deceleration process as well as helps to slow the boat down more quickly.

Anytime your motor(s) is above 3000 RPMs and you rapidly pull back on the throttle, the Auto Glide will fully deploy the trim tabs if the engine speed drops below 1500 RPMs in less than 2 seconds. The Auto Glide interprets this rapid drop in engine speed as a trigger to immediately deploy the trim tabs.

5. EXITING PLANING MODE:

As you slow the boat’s speed down, the Auto Glide will slowly extend the trim tabs as the boat’s CURRENT PITCH POSITION rises due to the reduction in speed. If the boat’s speed continues to drop and it passes below 7 MPH, the AUTO GLIDE will fully deploy the trim tabs and reverts back to HOLE SHOT MODE. 

NOTE: IF YOUR BOAT’S TRAILER BUNKS EXTEND UNDER THE BOAT’S TRIM TABS, LENCO RECOMMENDS YOU MANAULLY RETRACT YOUR TRIM TABS BEFORE DRIVING THE BOAT ONTO YOUR TRAILER. SINCE THE AUTO GLIDE DEPLOYS THE TRIM TABS WHEN IT TRANSITIONS BACK INTO HOLE SHOT MODE FROM PLANING MODE, MANUALLY RETRACTING THE TRIM TABS WILL ENSURE THEY DO NOT MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR TRAILER BUNKS.

 NOTE: WHEN DOCKING YOUR BOAT AT DAY’S END (FOR TRAILERING OR DRY STORAGE), REMEMBER TO RETRACT YOUR TABS TO THE UP POSITION IF YOU ARE IN MANUAL MODE.

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