What to expect from the Optimus 360 by SeaStar

On February 14 at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show, 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 integrates seamlessly into the Evinrude ICON system to eliminate bulky controls and system complexity.


Optimus 360 by SeaStar will be available for installation from authorized Evinrude E-TEC boat builders and dealerships beginning April 2013.


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 SmartCylinders 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.”


Looking for more information on the Optimus 360 by SeaStar for Evinrude E-TEC engines? Visit www.teleflexmarine.com.

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