Pursuit adds Yamaha joystick to 36-footer

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Pursuit Boat's new 36 Sport Yacht will be one of the first boats to be outfitted with Yamaha Marine Group's new joystick helm control and steering system, S2 Yachts officials told Soundings on Monday. S2 is Pursuit’s parent company.

“We have an actual test boat that we ran their [joystick /steering] system on,” said George Hetzel, vice president of sales and marketing for S2 Yachts. “Part of the thought process was to be able to use whatever technology Yamaha developed.”

Yamaha has been working with Volvo Penta on a joystick that will integrate steering mechanisms, throttles and shifting, engine information and the overall piloting of the boat.

“It will give twin-engine boats and triple-engine boats better docking capabilities, like you see with some of the other joystick products with pods,” Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale said in a recent interview with Soundings.

The Yamaha-powered 36 Sport Yacht will be the first offering in this market for Pursuit, primarily known for its quality center console, walkaround and express fishing vessels. The 36 will be the first in a new fleet of modern-looking, outboard-powered cruising boats under the Pursuit name, which will range from about 26 to 40 feet.