Evinrude has released an all-new iDock system – a proprietary joystick piloting system for their E-TEC G2 engines with a suggested retail price of US$5,999.
“Our goal with the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines was to design a platform with unlimited potential for continued technological enhancement and innovation,” said Olivier Pierini, Evinrude director of global marketing and strategic planning. “The intuitive nature of the technology will give even a novice boater immediate confidence in their ability to dock any boat equipped with Evinrude E-TEC engines easily. And by using technology that is already built into the engine, it is significantly more affordable than any other joystick system on the market. This all adds up to a level of on-the-water confidence you can’t live without.”
The new iDock allows users to easily maneuver their boat using a joystick for simple docking in even the toughest conditions. The two-stage system uses advanced aircraft gyroscope sensor technology which 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 harder you push the joystick, the more power that’s coming your way.
Evinrude’s iDock system is compatible with new Evinrude G2 150 HO, 200, 200 HO, 250 and 300 models. Unfortunately, it requires specific componentry in the engine midsection, and therefore will not retrofit to existing G2 engines.
Watch for a Hands-On Test of the new iDock system in an upcoming issue.