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Yamaha connects multiple systems

Command Link is a digital network that uses bus harnesses to control engine and other functions

Though Yamaha has no new outboard engines to introduce for the 2006 model year, the company has unveiled a digital system to network and control engine functions, sensors and engine warning systems.

The Command Link Integrated Information System is a local area network connected by bus harnesses, rather than the extensive wiring, tubing and harnesses of a standard outboard rigging setup. This means fewer components, which makes the system easier to install and more reliable than conventional signal transmission systems, according to Yamaha.

Yamaha describes Command Link as plug-and-play, and says the system uses CANbus technology and is NMEA 2000-compliant. The digital harness uses a twisted-pair wire for high-speed transfer, and wires are fine and tightly packed to promote durability. Peripherals and gauges can be added by connecting them to the bus.

Command Link resembles an Ethernet network but is more efficient and robust, the company says. The system provides instant access to such information as engine functions and fuel management, as well as water depth and water temperature when equipped with additional sensors.

Users can select the functions displayed on each LCD gauge, which have a five-level backlight dimmer function and come in round or square configurations. Available square gauges are a tachometer, speedometer, fuel management gauge, and combination speedometer/fuel management gauge. Round gauges include a tachometer and a combination speedometer/fuel management gauge.

The square combination speed/fuel gauge has 36 different display options, while the square tachometer has 32 display options, the square speedometer has 16, and the square fuel management gauge has six. Square gauges can be surface- or flush-mounted; round gauges are for surface mounting only.

Speed data can be displayed from a pitot tube, triducer or NMEA-compliant GPS, and measurement can be displayed in U.S., metric or nautical measurements, according to Yamaha. Command Link also has on-board diagnostics so the operator can request system checks on demand.

Yamaha also has introduced a throttle-and-shift control for triple-engine installations, and a redesigned multifunction tiller handle. The Triple Control Box comprises three individual throttle/shift levers that can be operated simultaneously with one hand. A single power trim and tilt switch operates all three engines at once. The Triple Control Box works with the Command Link system, according to Yamaha.

The redesigned multifunction tiller handle features new ergonomic styling, an easy-access power trim and tilt switch, and a longer, larger-diameter throttle grip, according to Yamaha.

As for outboards, the F250 is the largest 4-stroke in Yamaha’s stable, but more-powerful 4-strokes could

arrive as early as the 2007 model year, according to the company. Also on the horizon are a 20-inch high-performance 4-stroke for bass fishing and other types of angling, and small, lightweight, portable 4-strokes.