MasterCraft unveiled its new Dockstar Handling System, which the company said enables boat drivers of any ability level to drive in reverse and more easily navigate tight docks and crowded marinas.
MasterCraft said its engineering team conquered two issues with the Dockstar Handling System — enabling drivers to control a boat in both directions in reverse and improving the docking and maneuverability capabilities of an inboard-drive MasterCraft.
The Dockstar Handling System enables this through a pair of low-profile, flanking rudders that enable port-side reverse control, which was previously unattainable with inboard towboats, while also greatly assisting during docking and controlling the vessel at low speeds.
Here is a video of the system in action, along with an explanation of how it works.
The company said drivers who are used to traditional inboard handling will be amazed at the boat’s ability to reverse both port and starboard without having to compensate; newcomers to the inboard category, especially from the outboard or sterndrive category, will instantly feel comfortable maneuvering in even the tightest spaces.
“MasterCraft and its progression are about making time on the water easier,” company president and CEO Terry McNew said in a statement.
“After we identified a way to make boating with a MasterCraft even better for our customers, we put our team of experienced designers and naval architects to work. The Dockstar Handling System improves the on-water experience for boaters and effectively removes any last entry barriers to buying an inboard towboat for owners who typically have preferred the handling and maneuverability of a traditional outboard or sterndrive configuration.”
The patent-pending Dockstar Handling System is exclusive to MasterCraft towboats and is available on most 2017 models.
The new steering system will be but one of more than a dozen new upgrades set to be announced as part of the 2017 model year lineup in early July.