What to Expect From the New Optimus 360
May 2, 2013
At the 2013 Miami International Boat Show this February, Evinrude launched the Optimus 360 by SeaStar, an integrated power steering and joystick docking control. It’s designed specifically for boats running twin Evrinude E-TEC V6 engines. It also fits seamlessly into the Evinrude ICON system to eliminate bulky controls and system complexity.
So, what exactly makes the Optimus 360 such a revolutionary new system?
Customized steering resistance and response provides virtually effortless shift and control at all RPM speeds – from idle to wide-open throttle. Consumers can set the lock-to-lock steering ratio according to boat speed in order to fit their unique needs.
The joystick is designed to improve control of the boat while docking, launching and retrieving from the trailer. It will also help drivers ease through crowded harbors or marinas. The twin Evinrude E-TEC engines can be controlled independently or in tandem thanks to the Smart Cylinders with rudder position sensors. Suddenly, maneuvering the boat sideways, diagonally, forward and backward all become a cinch.
“Integrated into the Evinrude E-TEC platform, Optimus 360 by SeaStar will give boat operators a new level of control for their vessel and confidence in their own maneuvering skills,” said Larry Koschak, Senior Product Specialist at BRP’s Evinrude Outboard Engine Division. “This technology will improve the overall steering experience at all speeds and greatly reduce the stress level felt by operators as they maneuver in tight situations.”
Optimus 360 by SeaStar is now available for installation from authorized Evinrude E-TEC boat builders and dealerships. Click here to find your local dealer.
We had a chance to test out the joystick at the Miami Boat Show this year. Check out our videos to see what videos to help truly grasp the innovation and experience of the Optimus 360
- Optimus 360 by Seastar Joystick Technology
- Evinrude E-TEC and Optimus 360: Precision Docking
BRP Joystick Controls V6 Evinrude Outboards
“The key difference is that the BRP system replaces the digital-to-cable throttle/shift actuator used on the original Optimus 360 with an interface to the BRP ICON control.”
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“SeaStar Solutions marries the Optimus 360 to Evinrude’s ICON electronic shift and throttle, says Evinrude senior product specialist Larry Koschak…. ‘The Optimus 360 takes over with the power steering pumps, the steering helm and the joystick,’ he says. “So the major steering duties start with Teleflex.’”
BRP Launches Optimus 360 by Seastar
“The market for joystick and power steering options for both the new package and repower segments is growing, and we are excited to be working with SeaStar engineers to bring this advanced technology to Evinrude E-TEC enthusiasts,” said Thomas Mason, Evinrude North American PAC Business Unit Manager.