The following review was written by the editorial
department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

ZF Marine’s new Joystick Maneuvering System--when linked to the company’s CAN-based SmartCommand system, an appropriate bow thruster and compatible electronic diesel engines—adjusts rudders, engine speed, transmissions and thrusters to provide fingertip control for complex maneuvers, like sliding sideways and turning 360 degrees in close quarters. Add an electronic compass and the system can balance vessel travel with wind and current to stay firmly on a preset course. Integrate an appropriate GPS and it holds to a precise position. Prices vary according to vessel and options. ZF Marine; 954-441-4040;

April 2010