Suzuki Marine adds joystick control


Suzuki Marine will become the fourth major outboard manufacturer to offer its customers joystick helm control.

The company made the announcement March 7-10 at the 2013 Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama, according to Dean Corbisier of American Suzuki Motor Corp., based in Brea, Calif.

It will be available for use with Suzuki's DF250AP and DF300AP 4-strokes and its drive-by-wire system (Suzuki Precision Control). The company showed a prototype and concept drawings at the Japan show.

American Suzuki this summer will have information about the joystick system.

During the past six months Mercury, Yamaha and Evinrude have introduced joystick steerage systems for their high-horsepower outboard installations. All three were installed on boats at the Miami International Boat Show this year.

Honda and Tohatsu are also in the mix in the American market, but have not introduced a joystick.

— Chris Landry