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The Next-Generation Joystick Piloting System

Next-Generation Joystick Piloting System

Few technological innovations have given boaters more confidence when docking a boat or maneuvering at low speeds in the marina than the Joystick Piloting System from Mercury, which provides 360-degree fingertip control over the boat’s steering and propulsion. Now, Mercury Marine is unveiling the next generation of the Joystick Piloting System for Verado outboards, Axius gas and diesel sterndrives, and Zeus pod drives.

The engineering team of Mercury has made a series of evolutionary improvements to the Joystick Piloting System, which is part of the SmartCraft digital technology suite. Together, these enhancements will take boaters to an entirely new level of driving ease and enjoyment.

• New contemporary styling.

• Integrated Precision Pilot Pad functionality makes Joystick operation even more intuitive.

• The new Joystick’s mode indicator prominently indicates to the operator Route, Heading and Skyhook modes and shows how to change Heading in 1- and 10-degree increments.

• New LED light ring changes color to indicate status of Joystick operating mode.

• Electronic Steering Helm replaces the electric steering motor, eliminating a 20-amp circuit for the boat builder, and provides the operator more intuitive feedback on boat speed, steering angle, wheel turning rate and acceleration.

• Enhanced reverse thrust for Verado outboards provides even better control in Joystick Piloting for Outboards applications.

• Combined, auto-calibrating IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)/GPS makes Joystick Piloting System easier for boat builders to install and configure.