Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Swedish marine engine maker AB Volvo Penta (President: Björn Ingemanson) have jointly developed the new "Helm Master" control system for outboard motor powered boats and will commence sales to affiliated boat builders in North America and Europe during the first quarter of 2013.
The new Helm Master is a control system designed for use on mid- to large-sized boats with twin or triple mounts of Yamaha's large-class 4-stroke outboards (225-350 hp). The system provides electronic control of all the steering, gear shifting and throttle functions, etc.
Complementing the standard steering and remote control unit, there is a joystick that enables 360-degree control and turning of the boat at low speeds and makes for much easier maneuvering, particularly in narrow areas like during docking/undocking and navigating tight waterways and marinas.
The Helm Master supplements the inherent advantages of an outboard rig, including its great economy, environmental friendliness, ease of maintenance (serviceability) and space efficiency, by adding functions that make even a large boat easier and more enjoyable to maneuver, even for beginners. For this reason, it is a product that should increase the mounting ratio for Yamaha outboards in the mid- to large-sized boat market.