The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored Yamaha Marine with IBEX Innovation Awards in two categories for 2020. Yamaha’s Helm Master EX, the industry’s first fully integrated control system designed for single-outboard applications, won in the outboard motor category and its Phase Angle Control Charging System won in the electrical systems category. The awards were presented at the Opening Session and Awards Presentation. Five BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners. Helm Master EX for single-outboard applications brings simplified, feature-rich operation to a wider variety of boats, attracting new boaters, younger boaters moving up, and established boaters wishing to “have it all” in a single-outboard boat.

Featuring an all-new ergonomic joystick with software designed specifically for use on single-engine boats, the Helm Master EX simultaneously controls shift, throttle and steering while providing advanced low-speed maneuverability and vessel positioning options. Features include incredibly responsive steering, smoother and more controlled shifting, and single-function buttons for easier operation. It also provides adjustability within SetPoint and fine-tuning of autopilot settings. Helm Master EX for single outboard applications mirrors nearly every function of its multi-engine siblings.

To meet the extreme electrical demands of today’s bigger boats, especially at low rpm, Yamaha has developed a completely new Phase Angle Control Charging System, which makes its debut in the XTO Offshore B model. This system provides plenty of power for devices like gyro stabilizers, air conditioning, sound systems and console electronics without the need for a generator. In this first iteration, the system produces up to 96 amps of NET charging power per outboard (up to 384 NET amps in quad configuration) at idle. It produces a higher net amp output across all rpm and can handle temporary loads of 400 amps and beyond depending on battery condition and configuration without sacrificing safe starting capability. 

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