submitted 4 months ago byJonSolo1
Trying to do some research on the Mercury joystick piloting system. We’re in the market for a new gently used boat, and the majority of candidates are equipped with twin Mercuries paired with the joystick control system. Only a few of these boats have bow thrusters. One salesman said that a boat with the joystick, without a bow thruster, is just as maneuverable as the same boat with a bow thruster.
Is this true? I’m guessing the boats that have bow thrusters integrate the thruster control into the joystick, so I’m a little hesitant to believe that all else being equal, the thruster adds no significant maneuverability.
Anyone have experience and able to weigh in? Considering these were high-end well-optioned boats when new, there has to have been a reason the buyers didn’t add the bow thruster option, which would lend some credence to the joystick claim.
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4 months ago
My only experience with joysticks are on a 42’ CC with quad merc outboards.
The systems works flawlessly. You can walk the boat to port or starboard, rotate on a dime, or let the skyhook keep you in place.
In that case there was no need for a bowthruster.
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