When I tested my first “joystick” in a boat, I knew in my heart, and publicly predicted back then that it would only be a matter of time before the steering wheel would disappear. Long the centre-point of any helm station, the wheel’s days were numbered with the advent of the joystick.
That day has now come to reality.
The new Schaefer 580 motoryacht recently made her debut at the 2018 Rio Boat Show, but without a steering wheel at the lower helm station! Steering control was via a Volvo Penta joystick – the 580 was powered by twin Volvo Penta 670 hp IPS800s. The joystick controlled motor yacht has arrived.
Márcio Schaefer, CEO of Brazil’s largest yachtbuilder, said: “At Schaefer Yachts, we have had a long-standing relationship with Volvo Penta for over a decade. When we designed the Schaefer 580 with Volvo Penta IPS we decided to go with a joystick-only steering control system. Our team worked very closely with the Volvo Penta engineers, and in roughly two months we developed this joystick-only steering system, eliminating the wheel altogether. In our opinion, this innovation will improve maneuverability and bring a new level of ergonomics to the helm station.”
“We pride ourselves on being innovators at Volvo Penta,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “We were the first to introduce IPS and the first to offer joystick for docking and driving. Wheel-free joystick-only steering with IPS is the next logical step in our Easy Boating strategy to harness new technical solutions to make it easier for owners to operate their boats and enjoy the experience of being on the water.”
“We’re especially proud to partner with our long-time customer Schaefer Yachts to introduce this innovation into the Brazil marketplace,” he added.
Schaefer said that the launch of the 580 with joystick steering at the biggest nautical event in South America stirred significant interest in the marketplace, and the yachtbuilder plans to continue incorporating joystick-only steering in other new motoryacht models moving forward.best boat, Best boat buying website, best boat marina website, best boat travel website, best place to rent a boat, boat accessories, boat angler, boat boondocking, boat buyers guide, boat camper, boat camping, boat dealers, boat DIY, boat Fishing, boat Fixer, boat Home, boat information, boat insurance, Boat Maintenance, boat marinas, boat marinas in Alberta, boat marinas in BC, boat marinas in Canada, boat marinas in Manitoba, boat marinas in Saskatchewan, boat marinas in the USA, boat marinas near me, boat products, boat rentals, boat repair, boat road test, boat sharing, boat sites near me, boat supplies, boat Tech, boat tips, boat touring, boat trade, boat Travel, boat traveling, boat travelling, boat vacation, boat vacation cost, boat websites Canada, boating Canada, Boating Canada’s Boat Lifestyle Magazine, Boating Lifestyle Magazine, boating website, Canadian marina websites, expert boat information, find a boat dealer, how much does a boat cost, how much does marina cost, how to choose a boat, how to drive a boat, marina products, marina supplies, motor boat, power boating magazine, top boat website, used boat reviews