Monday, November 14, 2011

Latest Boat Steering Technology - The Joystick

Introduction by William L. Gills aka Bos'n Bill

A recent technology is beginning to take hold in the boating community supplementing traditional wheel, shift and throttle controls of stern driven boats.  Volvo Penta and Mercruiser of Mercury Marine both offer sterndrive joystick systems that assist you in maneuvering in tight places with greater ease.  You can move the boat in any direction, sideways, diagonally, on a pivot at any rpm with pin point control.  There are also new designs for straight drive diesel engines for larger boats, but I'll save that discussion for another post.

Here is a video for you by Captain Steve Larivee of, demonstrating how the joystick system works and how it could make you boating experience a little easier and less stressful.

William L. Gills aka Bos'n Bill is the author of the book, Lubber's Log published by Llumina Press; a boating primer and adventure story about a couples experiences in moving up to a bigger boat.  

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