Mercury improves joysticks for outboards

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Mercury Marine will have its updated Joystick Piloting for Outboards on display and available for demonstrations at the 2018 Progressive Miami International Boat Show.

“Mercury continues to advance its leadership position with our fully integrated joystick control system and no one else in the market can integrate its system technology with the engine like we can,” said Rob Hackbarth, Mercury Marine director of controls and rigging, in a statement. “Boaters who use Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Outboards enjoy more control of their boat, quieter operation, steering that is far more responsive than any other system on the market and an aesthetically pleasing design that has an integrated autopilot and autoheading for ease of boating.”

Added Dan Balogh, Mercury Marine’s director of electrical, electronics and software engineering, “No other outboard joystick control system offers the same set of advanced features as Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Outboards, which includes Skyhook virtual anchor, VesselView engine information display, and an integrated autopilot system.”

Mercury made changes to the Joystick Piloting System that is part of the SmartCraft digital technology suite. Advanced Skyhook modes include the following: Drifthook maintains heading while allowing the boat to drift; Bowhook holds position while allowing heading to change; and Skyhook adjusts the heading in 1 and 10-degree increments.

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