2015 BOSTON WHALER w/ Triple 300's Joy Stick. Full Raymarine Electronics.
There are a lot of advantages with strapping on multiple outboards on larger boats in lieu of inboards or stern-drives. However, close in maneuvering is not one of them. Many manufacturers have resorted to standard bow thrusters to compensate for the lack of low speed steerage that closely spaced outboards produce. At FLIBS, Boston Whaler introduced a 350 Outrage with Mercury’s Joystick Piloting that allows the operator to maneuver in tight situations with the ease of a joystick, removing the stress of docking.
The Boston Whaler 350 Outrage with Mercury’s Joystick Piloting takes even more stress away with its station holding capability. The Joystick Piloting autopilot and GPS keep the vessel in position and maintaining heading so the operator can manage holding for bridges or when fishing over structure offshore automatically holding position with the heading in the
optimum position for wind and sea conditions. It also has the capability of automatically steering the boat along a plotted course on Raymarine and several other brands of chartplotters.
The Mercury Joystick Piloting is capable of working with 2, 3 or 4 outboards. The Joystick Piloting will be available as an option on many Boston Whaler models with two or more outboards.
The Boston Whaler 350 Outrage was introduced earlier this year from the commpanies award-winning in-house design team. Design to provide world class fishing capabilities for serious anglers as well as having the amenities and comfort features to double as a platform for pleasure boating. Add the optional upper-station to have an unobstructed view for sight fishing and be able to have idle vantage for docking with the Joystick Piloting.
“The 350 Outrage is a perfect example of the direction Boston Whaler is heading,” commented Jeff Vaughan, Boston Whaler’s vice president of marketing, sales and customer service. “We are consciously and deliberately making innovation a priority. It is about shaping products that address the needs and desires of today’s boaters.”