Designed to make berthing and low-speed manoeuvering much easier for the recreational boater, the new Joystick Control System allows users to manipulate their outboard-powered boats in a far more precise and controlled manner than has previously been possible. Featuring an ergonomic joystick control at the helm, the Joystick Control System allows twin or triple-engined boats to be moved precisely in any direction simply by moving the joystick in the desired direction of travel.

Joystick controlDeveloped in conjunction with Swedish engine manufacturer Volvo-Penta, who pioneered joystick controls for recreational boating with their IPS system for inboard engines, the Joystick Control System operates in a similar way for outboard engines. With the joystick function enabled, the engine revs adjust to a preset level. Sensors detect the movement of the joystick and the ECU adjusts the engine outputs and steering direction independently in order to move the boat in any direction.

In addition to the joystick, the package includes a new top mount remote control box and a key switch panel with an automatic trim-assist function, a theft prevention system, the ability to control engines and trim using a single lever, and speed-dependent steering friction.

The new system will work with two or three-engine installations of Yamaha’s highly-acclaimed V6 (4.2L) 225 to 300hp and V8 350hp outboards and will be available during the 2013 season to a selected group of European boat builders. To find out more, visit Yamaha.


Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.