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Old 09-13-2020, 01:35 PM
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I test drove a 31 Formula with twin bigs and the joystick control. Pretty cool how well it worked, very small inputs I was able to dock like a champ after very little time at the helm. Not really my type of boat though, is there any reason not to put the joystick on a 32 or 34 center console with twins or trips? Not really interested in hearing how I should just learn how to drive it around the dock, Ive been driving twins forever and just looking for an opinion on CC with joystick.
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Id do bow thruster over joystick especially in rough water boating for the external tie bar. Buddy has a 34 NT with twin 400s and bow thruster and I think he prefers it over his old 350 SS Formula with Axius.
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I wish my BT had a bow thruster.... damn thing is like a parachute in the wind when docking
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We just completed an installation of the Optimus 360 on our twin outboard unit. Like you, I have been operating twin stern drives forever. I consider myself very skilled in maneuvering with just the "twin sticks". Wow, the joystick maneuvering system just opens up a whole new world of confidence and ability in boat control. It is just fascinating to watch the outboard engines swivel and throttle independently of each other. The joystick system allows the boat to move forward, backward, diagonally, sideways and pivot in response to your hand movements on the control. I am sold on the technology.
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Couldnt agree more Barry! Just not sure at what point you need to have tie bars.
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Couldnt agree more Barry! Just not sure at what point you need to have tie bars.
That is the million dollar question. It might make more difference in Sterndrive vs OB? Not sure.
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