The new iDock joystick piloting system is the latest addition to the Evinrude Intelligent Piloting System, a suite of Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine features designed to make boats easier and more intuitive to operate.
Existing features include iSteer integrated dynamic power steering, iTrim automatic trim system, iControl digital shift and throttle and iLink mobile display interface, which are designed to help take the guesswork out of operating a boat, and offer users total boat and engine control.
Available on boats with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 to 300 HP engines, the all-new iDock allows users to easily maneuver their boat using a joystick for simple docking in even the toughest conditions. The joystick system lets users to side step the boat or pivot in place with total control at their fingertips. Advanced aircraft gyroscope sensor technology makes iDock more intuitive to pilot by automatically compensating for wind and current. If extra power is needed to overcome wind or current, boaters can simply push the stick further into boost position to double the thrust. The simplicity of the system requires much less time to become accustomed to, thus creating a more positive first time boating experience, Evinrude said.
A fully integrated system, iDock connects with the existing internal hydraulic steering feature of select Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines, reducing cost of parts, removing clutter on the transom and freeing up precious storage space, according to the manufacturer. And, because it leverages existing E-TEC G2 architecture, installation time is minimized – iDock models follow the same installation process as Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines and typically requires less than one hour on the water setup. This allows Evinrude to offer the all-new iDock system for an unheard of MSRP of $5,999 for all iDock components which include the joystick, module and hydraulic hoses.
“Our goal with the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines was to design a platform with unlimited potential for continued enhancement and innovation,” said Olivier Pierini, Evinrude director of global marketing and strategic planning. “The intuitive nature of the system will give even a novice boater immediate confidence in their ability to dock any boat equipped with Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines easily.”
Pierini continued, “And by using technology that is already built into the engine, it is significantly more affordable than any other joystick system on the market.”
Evinrude E-TEC G2 iDock model engines are sold in pairs and will be available in Fall of 2017.