Aquila and Mercury collaborate to install joystick piloting system to Aquila 36
Published: Monday, 17 July 2017
Aquila and Mercury have recently collaborated to offer a joystick piloting application for Aquila 36 with engines 9in 6ft apart.
(Photos: Aquila - Aquila 36 power catamaran)
Mercury Marine has combined features with contemporary styling in an easy-to-use interface that provides 360-degree fingertip control over the boats steering and propulsion. Docking a boat or maneuvering at low speeds in the marina is made easier.
Rob Hackbarth, Mercury Marine Category Director, said: “Joystick Piloting for Outboards has been a very popular feature for dual, triple and quad applications. Now working with Aquila, we were given the opportunity to install joystick piloting on a power catamaran. This will allow the boater to feel the power of the Verado engines but to also enjoy the ease of boating with joystick piloting.”
Advanced features that typically required multiple user interfaces are all in one location and are simplified. Visual and audible prompts provide intuitive and engaging guidance on how to use Mercury's feature rich joystick system.
Since its introduction around 10 years ago, Mercury's engineering team has made a series of enhancements to the Joystick Piloting Skyhook System including three new features: Heading Adjust, BowHook, and DriftHook.
Mercury's SkyHook technology is integrated onto the same technology suite as the joystick. The joystick meets the requirements to enter Skyhook (control levers in neutral and vessel speed over ground below 5mph), and then press the button; visual and audible indications inform you when Skyhook is pending and when you have latched on to your position and heading; straight-forward, concise, and intuitive.
Harry Mountain, Aquila Brand Manager, said: “Here at Aquila, we are very excited to have worked with Mercury in developing a ground-breaking joystick solution aboard the Aquila 36. Aquila is known for its innovation, quality, and design, and this is no different.”
The Aquila 36 is a power catamaran that offers the conveniences of a large yacht, including topside summer kitchen with smokeless grill. The cockpit seating for over two dozens adults and two cabins come with private en-suite heads. A hardtop is available with or without an opening sunroof.
Powered by twin 250 horsepower Mercury Verado outboards, it can sustain twin 300 or twin 350 horsepower Mercury Verado outboards.
Jean Raas, CEO of Sino Eagle Yachts USA, said: “The Aquila 36 provided us with an opportunity to move in a direction of unknown waters due to the distance between the two Verado engines. Working closely between our teams at J&J Design, Mercury, Sino Eagle Yachts, and MarineMax we were able to integrate the Joystick Piloting onto the boat with outstanding performance.
“Every time I step onboard the Aquila 36 with Joystick Piloting installed, I am blown away at how efficient and effective the engines move in unison at the slightest movement of the Joystick control. The Aquila 36 is already an innovative and outstanding boat and now with the Joystick Piloting added, it makes it into a boater’s dream come true!”