Yamaha Motor Canada introduced their new Helm Master EX at the start of July 2020, designed specifically for use with Yamaha Outboards to help you “Master your boating experience”. It’s NOT an update to the Helm Master, it’s a completely NEW integrated boat control system with all-new software described by Yamaha as “next-generation”.
What’s included in the Helm Master EX?
- Re-designed joystick with new smooth-shifting software and control capabilities
- Effortless autopilot that can be adjusted with the joystick
- Precise digital electric steering that can be added to any DEC-capable Yamaha outboard (except 3.3-litre F250 and F350A models)
- New digital electronic control box
- Sharp looks and design
Yamaha claims consumers will benefit with increased levels of control and comfort. Helm Master is valuable in more than fishing applications, the Helm Master’s SetPoint® makes many functions a lot easier, including manoeuvring, docking and slow-speed operation.
Joys of the Helm Master EX Joystick
The look and feel of the new joystick was reinvented with sleek styling and modern blue lighting. Functions and controls are now very precise, with only a simple calibration needed to build off your last setting. Dead spots are gone and individual function buttons are in.
Yamaha recently announced their commitment to steering their engineering development towards “the realm of the customer, ultimately delivering products that are easier to use and create greater satisfaction and confidence on the water”. The Helm Master EX is the first product launched under Yamaha’s CommandBlue™ philosophy label.
Helm Master EX Benefits and Compatibility
The Helm Master EX has eliminated some legacy concerns when it comes to repowers, compared to the Helm Master system. Dealers should notice easier service and installation of some componentry, with increased flexibility in system design. According to studies by Yamaha, less time was required for installation of the DES steering system vs. a hydraulic system and for the system as a whole (Helm Master EX vs legacy Helm Master). The Helm Master EX system can be installed at the factory or by dealers when re-powering customer boats. Helm Master EX is compatible with all Yamaha DEC engines except 3.3L F250 DEC and F350A models.
Mastering your boat experience is definitely possible with all the new components and Yamaha outboard specific software in the Helm Master EX’s new integrated boat control system — for fishing and a lot more.