The joystick has dominated the new-product/technology news in the propulsion world, especially in the last two years. Expect its presence to continue to rule at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show that opens on Thursday.
Engine companies and manufacturers of helm controls and transmissions have pumped out product steadily since Volvo Penta introduced its IPS pod drive system with joystick in 2005.
Manufacturers are now turning their attention to joystick control at higher speeds, developing the tools and technology that enable owners to run their boats like pros when they push the throttle.
Other technology at the command post to make driving easier includes the emergence of automatic trim tabs that adjust for list and running angle.