Evinrude Unveils Affordable Joystick Option


Electronic joystick controls make it easy for even inexperienced boaters to precisely maneuver their boat when docking, even in the toughest conditions. With the release of the all-new iDock joystick propulsion system, Evinrude has gone one step further and made joystick control easily affordable, as well.

With a retail price of just $5,999, Evinrude’s iDock system comes in at about one-third the cost of competing technologies. Available for boats with twin E-TEC G2 150- and 300-hp engines, iDock incorporates advanced aircraft gyroscope sensor technology to automatically compensate for wind and current. A two-stage joystick is pressure-sensitive, increasing power the farther the joystick is pushed, allowing boaters to instantly double the thrust if needed.

“Evinrude iDock connects with the existing internal hydraulic steering system in the E-TEC G2 engines, which is a big reason we can offer it at such an attractive price,” says Evinrude Global Product Manager, Jason Eckman. “It leverages existing architecture, so everything needed to control the engines is already on them. All we needed to do was create the joystick and develop the interface with the engines. We don’t have to put hydraulic pumps in the boat, or deal with all sorts of extra rigging.”

Evinrude’s iDock system is compatible with new Evinrude G2 150 HO, 200, 200 HO, 250 and 300 models. Unfortunately, it won’t retrofit to existing G2 engines.

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— Test and photo by Craig Ritchie