Mercury Marine announced that it will offer joystick piloting on V-6 3.4L 200hp and 225hp FourStroke outboards with DTS and V-6 3.4L 200hp SeaPro outboards with DTS. Mercury and SeaStar Solutions have collaborated and worked together to provide a fully validated joystick package for installation on Mercury’s new 200 and 225hp FourStroke outboard engines.
“With the launch of this offering, we are bringing joystick piloting to a broader audience. In the past, only customers with 250hp engines and higher were able to experience the intuitive features of joystick piloting. Today, boaters who are interested in boat packages outfitted with dual 200hp and 225hp outboards will have access to joystick controls,” said Kris Neff, Mercury Marine vice president of global category management.
In addition to joystick docking and maneuvering, the system allows the driver to hold a boat in position, hold its heading, or hold its position and heading simultaneously. Joystick piloting for the V-6 outboards is included in Vessel Config, Mercury’s online rigging configurator, and can be ordered through MercNet. The product will be available in late Q4 of 2018.
In 2013, Mercury introduced Joystick Piloting for Outboards, the first of its kind in the marine marketplace. It remains the most precise system on the market and the only system from helm to stern designed to work with a Mercury engine.
About Mercury Marine
Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., Mercury Marine is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. A $2.6 billion division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications, empowering boaters with products that are easy to use, extremely reliable and backed by the most dedicated customer support in the world. Mercury’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; MotorGuide trolling motors; Mercury propellers; Mercury inflatable boats; Mercury SmartCraft electronics; Attwood marine parts; Land ’N’ Sea marine parts distribution; and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils. More information is available at mercurymarine.com.