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Old 07-21-2010, 03:14 PM
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Does anyone think we'll see joysticks become an option on performance boats in the near future?

I understand Cobalt and some of the other sterndrive sportboat manufacturers are making them available on their twin engine models.
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Just watched a video on Boattest.com about the Volvo setup and I think I looks sweet... I would think it would be prefect for a performance boat... They said the Volvo one can be fitted to any existing Volvo twin engine set up with just a few part swaps (not that any performance boats run Volvo). Not sure on the merc set up.
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if your referring to the axius set up i would think it may not hold up to the rigors of offshore style hi perf running. especially with the lack of a tie bar. would be nice though
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For a high performance boat, I'll keep my steering wheel. Not quite willing to give up that mechanical attachment to the steering.
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Would it be speed sensitive?? when it gets rough a little bounce of the arm on the wheel isnt that big and and easily corrected, I would think a little bounce of the arm on a sensitve joystick could get rather interesting... imagine a good bounce that sent the joystick hard over and chopped the throttles on a stepped Vee.......
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p:I know the girls like having the joy sticks while on board.
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They dont take the place of the wheel. You still drive with the wheel.They are for low speed maneuvering only. They are cool but dont look like they would be good for high hp go fast boats because you need the full swivel drives . Still not sure how those work. Look like they are mounted under the boat not on the transom. Need a better look.
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They dont take the place of the wheel. You still drive with the wheel.They are for low speed maneuvering only. They are cool but dont look like they would be good for high hp go fast boats because you need the full swivel drives . Still not sure how those work. Look like they are mounted under the boat not on the transom. Need a better look.
There is a formula at the marina where we keep our cruisers. It has the Merc joystick package on it. Works incredible. It has regular Bravo 3's on the back, no tie bar. Somehow it is just majic.
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what he said
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There is a formula at the marina where we keep our cruisers. It has the Merc joystick package on it. Works incredible. It has regular Bravo 3's on the back, no tie bar. Somehow it is just majic.
I just dont get it. Regular Bravos?

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