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Joystick Control For A Single Outboard

Yamaha's Helm Master EX brings ultimate boat control and fishability to small boats.

Operator using joystick to position around docks

Joystick control was once a luxury only on big boats, but Yamaha's upgraded Helm Master integrated boat system brings that luxury to single outboard boats. Now available in single through quad outboard applications, Helm Master EX improves control and fishability for a wider range of boaters.

"The expansion of the system to single-outboard boat configurations is perfect for smaller center console and larger bay boats," says Ben Speciale, president of Yamaha Marine U.S. "The new joystick option, which is the same as that used on multi-outboard systems, allows boaters who desire single-outboard power to enjoy the majority of the benefits associated with multi-outboard Helm Master EX applications."

Helm Master EX boasts enhanced joystick maneuverability with smooth, quiet, precise operation, new single-function buttons and new features like DriftPoint Track, according to the engine manufacturer. Effortless Yamaha Autopilot can be adjusted with the joystick and includes functions such as course and heading hold, Track Point (NAV along waypoints), and two types of pattern steer that seamlessly integrate with Speed Control and Pattern Shift.

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Digital Electric Steering (DES) can now be added to any current and most previous Digital Electronic Control (DEC)-capable Yamaha outboard models. The system's DEC (control box) has also been redesigned for ergonomic comfort and ease of use. All functions previously on the Helm Master control now come standard on all Helm Master EX system configurations.

Helm Master EX suits a wide variety of boat applications, fits all current Yamaha DEC outboards and back-fits outboards creating a wider range of repower flexibility.

Also new, Helm Master EX (or its properly configured component systems) can be installed by the boat builder at the factory, or by dealers when repowering customer boats at the dealership.

Helm Master EX became available through Yamaha boatbuilders and dealers starting July 1. Pricing for the full EX system starts at $8,400 for a single 425 XTO dealer repower. Pricing for a quad application starts at $42,400.

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