Yamaha announces groundbreaking Helm Master EX system


It offers unprecedented control for single engine to quad engine outboard boats

KENNESAW, Georgia — Yamaha has announced the new Helm Master EX system, a dramatic evolution of the company’s original Helm Master. Available in late summer to fall for single to quad outboard applications, Helm Master EX integrates joystick maneuverability even to single outboard boats.

“The new and improved features of Helm Master EX make boating easier and more convenient than ever before,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine U.S. Business Unit. “The expansion of the system to single-outboard boat configurations is perfect for smaller center console and larger bay boats. The new joystick option, which is the same as that used on multi-outboard systems, allows boaters who desire single-outboard power to enjoy the majority of the benefits associated with multi-outboard Helm Master EX applications.”

Helm Master EX is a modular system that can be tailored for individual applications. In addition to the joystick control, the system includes effortless Yamaha Autopilot, incredibly fast and responsive Digital Electronic Steering (DES) that replaces legacy hydraulic steering systems, and Digital Electronic Control. The Helm Master EX throttle module is full-featured and eye-catching.


All functions previously on the Helm Master control now come standard on all Helm Master EX system configurations. Helm Master EX boasts enhanced joystick maneuverability with smooth, quiet, precise operation, new single-function buttons and new features like DriftPoint Track. Yamaha Autopilot can be adjusted with the joystick and includes functions such as course and heading hold, Track Point (NAV along waypoints), and two types of pattern steer that seamlessly integrate with Speed Control and Pattern Shift. 
In addition, joystick adjustability provides increased comfort, control and convenience and allows for fine tuning of Yamaha Autopilot and SetPoint features without leaving current mode, creating additional ease of use and capability.

Helm Master EX suits a wide variety of boat applications, fits all current Yamaha DEC outboards and back-fits outboards creating a wider range of repower flexibility.

Also new, Helm Master EX (or its properly configured component systems) can be installed by the boat builder at the factory or by dealers when repowering customer boats at the dealership. This allows boaters flexibility in tailoring their Helm Master EX system to their specific desires.

Yamaha’s Helm Master EX PowerMatched/Component Limited Warranty applies to all components within the system. The MSRP starts at $8,400.