Yamaha Helm Master available for NZ boaties


The Helm Master provides electronic control of all steering, gear shifting, and throttle functions

Yamaha recently introduced its Helm Master control system to the New Zealand market. The control system is designed for use on mid to large-sized boats with twin, triple, and quad mounts of Yamaha’s large-class four-stroke outboards.

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Helm Master is a control system designed for use on mid- to large-sized boats with twin, triple, and quad mounts of Yamaha's large-class 4-stroke outboards.

Complementing the standard steering and remote control unit is a joystick that enables 360-degree control and turning of the boat at low speeds and makes for easier manoeuvring, particularly in narrow areas such as during docking/undocking and navigating tight waterways and marinas.

The fully integrated boat control system also has features that allow greater convenience and movement while in Helm Master's SetPoint™ modes.

Helm Master includes In StayPoint™ or FishPoint™ modes. One forward, rearward, or sideward bump of the joystick will move the boat’s position 10 feet and additional bumps within three seconds of each other will move it up to 100 feet total.

In StayPoint™ or DriftPoint™ modes, a twist of the joystick will move the boat’s bow heading angle by five degrees and additional twists within three seconds of each other will rotate the boat by up to 50 degrees total.

A feature called Pattern Shift allows the operator to troll below standard in-gear trolling speed by shifting into or out of gear to meet a desired target speed. In calm water, resulting minimum speed can be less than 0.4 knots

The FishPoint™ High Mode RPM setting remains adjustable for fine-tuning the power requirements for each individual vessel’s needs or to match conditions.

Helm Master will be seen for the first time in New Zealand at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show at ASB Showground from 16 to 19 May. It will be fitted to the Surtees 750 Open Cabin Game Fisher and powered by twin Yamaha F150 DEC four-stroke outboards.

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