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New joystick steering from Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine has introduced its Mercury Joystick Steering for Single-Engine Vessels.

The new product is compatible for use with the Mercury Verado family of V8, V10 and V12 outboard engines from 250 to 600hp.

“This new joystick steering system is unique in that it is specifically designed for single-engine vessels. It features a simple, single-touchpoint user interface for throttle, shift and steering, facilitating ergonomic one-handed operation,” said Tyler Mehrl, senior category manager, joystick, steering, and throttle and shift controls.

Joystick Steering for Single-Engine Vessels has been developed to eliminate the need for boaters to use both hands to throttle, shift and steer during low-speed manoeuvres such as docking.

The precision control that the steering system provides is aimed at giving users greater confidence in situations where manoeuvring a single outboard can be more challenging than a multi-engine configuration.

The new single-engine joystick has no physical buttons. It allows for proportional forward and reverse movement and the twist function provides precise, intuitive steering.

When integrated with a compatible multifunction display (MFD) incorporating GPS and Mercury SmartCraft Connect, it also offers autopilot features.

It was launched at the Miami International Boat Show 2024.

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