NEXT GENERATION BOAT CONTROL SYSTEM Helm Master® EX


Helm Master®


Now With SetPoint®

ENJOY THE WATER
EVEN MORE

THE EXPANDED CONTROL OF HELM MASTER EX

Make the most of every minute on the water with the incredible control of Helm Master EX. Helm Master EX is built on the success of our groundbreaking, original Helm Master boat control system. It expands upon the functionality, flexibility and compatibility of our original Helm Master system, for an exciting next generation of control.

The expanded functionality of Helm Master EX features:

  • More programmed fishing functions
  • True Autopilot with heading and course hold
  • In-mode joystick adjustability
  • More automated essential boat operations
  • Fully electric steering for digital outboards 2.8L F150 – F350 B and C (XF425 features built-in electric steering)

But expanded functionality isn’t the only news.
Now, Helm Master EX is available for a range of applications, from quad-engine offshore rigs to boats with single engines—an industry first. Not only is it available to more boaters, but it’s also available to more boats. Re-rig and repower your existing boat, or add it to a new boat package from an expanded roster of hundreds of participating boat builders. Finally, you can have your boat, your way with the expanded compatibility of Helm Master EX.

Available on new digital controlled outboards F150 and up.

Automation

PEACE AND QUIET FOR FISHING AND RELAXING

Select FishPoint® Bow or Stern and it’s like your boat is tethered at its bow or stern. No anchor required!

  • MAINTAINS BOAT POSITION (BUT NOT HEADING) USING GPS AND MINIMAL RPMS.
  • AS QUIET AT IS GETS WITHOUT DROPPING AN ANCHOR.
  • PERFECT FOR STATIONARY FISHING DIRECTLY BELOW THE BOAT OR FOR HAVING A QUIET DINNER ON THE WATER.

CONTROL WHILE YOU GO WITH THE FLOW

Select DriftPoint® or DriftPoint Track and your boat will enter a controlled drift, either simply maintaining its heading (DriftPoint) or maintaining its heading while drifting along a set of determined waypoints on a route (DriftPoint Track).

  • MAINTAINS BOAT HEADING (BUT NOT POSITION) USING GPS AND MINIMAL RPMS.
  • DRIFTPOINT IS GREAT FOR DRIFT FISHING A WRECK, KITE FISHING OR WATCHING A SUNSET FROM THE STERN.
  • DRIFTPOINT TRACK IS GREAT FOR DRIFTING OR FISHING ALONG A JAGGED SHORELINE OR UNDERWATER FEATURES.

PUT IT IN PARK, ON THE WATER

StayPoint® “marks” your position and heading and maintains the spot within 10 feet (ideal conditions) or 75 feet (high winds/currents).

  • MAINTAINS BOAT HEADING AND POSITION USING GPS AND INDEPENDENT OUTBOARD THRUST CONTROL.
  • USE IT WHEN WAITING FOR A BRIDGE, A SLIP TO OPEN UP OR FOR YOUR TURN AT THE FUEL DOCK.
  • STAYPOINT FUNCTIONALITY AVAILABLE TO THOSE WITH TWINS, TRIPS AND QUADS.

SEAMLESS CONTROL FROM RUN TO ARRIVAL

Select a route with Track Point, actuate it in Autopilot and then select what your boat does at the end of the route with Waypoint Arrival. At the Way Point, your boat can go into neutral or automatically enter a SetPoint® mode.

  • AUTOPILOT WITH WAYPOINT ROUTES MEANS YOU CAN SIT BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY THE RIDE.
  • SELECT WHAT YOUR BOAT DOES WHEN YOU REACH YOUR FINAL WAYPOINT. YOUR BOAT CAN SLOW TO IDLE, STOP IN PLACE OR SHIFT INTO AN AUTOMATED MODE LIKE DRIFTPOINT.
  • AUTOMATES YOUR ROUTE AND WHAT YOUR BOAT DOES WHEN IT ARRIVES.

YOU’RE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Don’t let the wind or current get you turned around. Activate Heading Hold in Autopilot to make sure your boat maintains a set compass point.

  • PICK A COMPASS DIRECTION, HIT HEADING HOLD AND KNOW YOU’LL MAINTAIN DIRECTION.
  • GREAT FOR MAKING A SIMPLE RUN ACROSS THE LAKE OR UP THE COASTLINE.
  • HEADING HOLD WORKS IN FORWARD OR REVERSE—WHICH IS HANDY WHEN BACK TROLLING.

IT’S EASY TO STAY THE COURSE

Don’t let wind or current push you off of your intended route. Course Hold makes sure you don’t take any detours to your destination.

  • SELECT A DESTINATION AND COURSE HOLD WILL MAKE SURE YOU STAY ON COURSE.
  • WHEN FIGHTING CURRENT AND WIND, IT ADDS ANOTHER LEVEL OF ACCURACY TO PRE-PROGRAMMED ROUTES IN AUTOPILOT.
  • AVOID OBSTACLES WITH IN-MODE JOYSTICK ADJUSTABILITY. SIDEWAYS JOYSTICK MOVEMENTS CAN OFFSET THE COURSE PARALLEL IN 10-, 20- OR 50-FOOT INCREMENTS.

GET THEM TO TAKE THE BAIT

Stalling your bait and then moving it suddenly gets the attention of the fish. Pattern Steer automates a movement (spiral or zig-zag) to do this.

  • PUTS YOUR BOAT INTO AN AUTOMATED ZIG ZAG OR SPIRAL PATTERN, SO YOU CAN FOCUS ON THE FISH.
  • PAIR A PATTERN WITH SUB-IDLE TROLLING OR NUDGE SPEED UP OR DOWN BY HITTING THE SPEED CONTROL BUTTON ON YOUR BINNACLE.
  • GREAT FOR SPIRALLING OVER A WRECK OR ZIG ZAGGING OVER A SCHOOL OF FISH TO TRIGGER A STRIKE.

GO AT YOUR OWN PACE WITH A BUTTON PRESS

Throttle up or down with the touch of a button, and engage Pattern Shift for sub-idle trolling speeds while fishing.

  • SPEED CONTROL HOLDS YOUR DESIRED RPM. ACCELERATE OR DECELERATE AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON. IT’S JUST LIKE CRUISE CONTROL.
  • PATTERN SHIFT PERFECTS TROLLING BY AUTOMATICALLY SHIFTING IN AND OUT OF GEAR. CAN ACHIEVE SPEEDS AS LOW AS < 0.5 MPH, DEPENDING ON RIG.
  • PATTERN SHIFT IS GREAT FOR TROLLING WHILE FISHING FOR WALLEYE OR BACK TROLLING.


SYSTEM INTEGRATIONS

   
   

JOYSTICK CONTROL

Select a SetPoint mode such as FishPoint with the buttons on the joystick

   
   

AUTOPILOT

Engage Heading or Course Hold on your Autopilot panel.

   
   

BINNACLE CONTROL

Once you reach your desired speed, activate Speed Control by pressing the down button on the lower left side of your binnacle. This will hold your current speed and allow you to bump it up or down with that same button. It’s just like cruise control in a car.

Videos

 

All-New Yamaha Helm Master® EX

Owner Operation - DriftPoint / DriftPoint Track

Owner Operation - StayPoint®

Owner Operation - FishPoint®

Owner Operation - Autopilot (Course Hold & Heading Hold)

Owner Operation - Autopilot (Track Point & Pattern Steer)

Owner Operation - Digital Electronic Steering

Owner Operation - Joystick Multi-Outboard Applications

Owner Operation - Joystick Single Outboard Applications

Owner Operation - Electronic Keyless System EKS

Owner Operation - Single Outboard Application Digital Electronic Control (DEC)

Owner Operation – Multi-Outboard Application Digital Electronic Control (DEC)

Owner Operation – Trim Assist

Owner Operation – Adjusting Lever Friction Detents

COMPONENTS

SINGLE BINNACLE

Our redesigned, Digital Electronic Single Binnacle puts a new level of control into the hands of single-engine boaters. It features Neutral Hold, Speed Control with Pattern Shift, Trim Assist integration and Station Selection (if you have a second station). Its button lights are dimmable to match the customized light settings of your CL5 or CL7 display. Through your display, you can also set throttle friction and shift detent to your preference. Compatible with most digital Yamaha outboards 2.8L to 5.6L (150-425hp).

MULTI-ENGINE BINNACLE

Our redesigned, Digital Electronic Multiple-Engine Binnacle can control twin, triple and quad engines. It features: Single-Lever control (control all engines with one lever), Center Engine only control (for three or four outboards), Neutral Hold, Speed Control with Pattern Shift, Trim Assist integration and individual engine trim buttons and Station Selection (if you have a second station). Its button lights are dimmable to match the customized light settings of your CL5 or CL7 display. Through your display, you can also set throttle friction and shift detent to your preference. Compatible with most digital Yamaha outboards 2.8L to 5.6L (150-425hp).

JOYSTICK

Our redesigned, Joystick can control a single engine, as well as twins, trips and quads. It features: SetPoint Suite Modes including FishPoint, DriftPoint, DriftPoint Track, StayPoint (twins and up), joystick adjustability in SetPoint and Autopilot modes and Track Point with SetPoint. Compatible with most digital Yamaha outboards 2.8L to 5.6L (150-425hp).

CL7 TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY

Our CL7 seven-inch touchscreen display can monitor the RPM and gear status of up to four engines at once and critical boat stats such as tank levels for fuel, water and waste. Through the CL7, you can program settings for trim position and steering friction, and access SetPoint automated modes (FishPoint, DriftPoint, DriftPoint Track, StayPoint). It includes optional fresh and saltwater maps and allows seamless integration of approved third-party instruments for fish finding, water conditions and navigation. Compatible with most digital Yamaha outboards 2.8L to 5.6L (150-425hp).

AUTOPILOT PANEL

Our NEW Autopilot panel offers push-button activation of handy functions like Heading Hold and Course Hold while underway, Track Point for route selection, Way Point Arrival which slows or shifts your boat into a preselected mode at the end of your selected route, and Pattern Steer Spiral and Zig Zag automated patterns for fishing. Compatible with most digital Yamaha outboards 2.8L to 5.6L (150-425hp).

CL5 TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY

Our NEW CL5 five-inch touchscreen display panel can monitor the RPM and gear status for up to four engines at once, and offers critical boat stats such as tank levels for fuel, water and waste. As part of the Helm Master EX system, compatible with most digital Yamaha outboards 2.8L to 5.6L (150-425hp).

DIGITAL ELECTRIC STEERING

An exciting innovation, our new bolt-on digital electric steering can be added to Helm Master EX digitally controlled outboards from 150 horsepower to 350 horsepower (select models). It brings the built-in steering precision and responsiveness of our XTO Offshore outboard to lower horsepower outboards. This component features a streamlined design—without pumps, valves, hoses, etc.—for a clean, spacious bilge. So it takes up significantly less space than traditional hydraulic steering units. It also draws much less power than a traditional hydraulic steering unit, preserving battery life.

MULTI-FUNCTION DISPLAY INTERFACE

Our multi-function display interfaces engine information to a number of Multi-function Displays, allowing touchscreen or wireless remote operation, depending on model. Enables chart plotting, sonar, radar, Autopilot, video, music control, digital switching, XM® weather and more. Software is easily updated via USB.

*Compatibility between MFD Interfaces and MFDs varies by the MFD manufacturer. Consult with your authorized Yamaha Outboard dealer to ensure you’re purchasing the MFD Interface that’s compatible with your MFD of choice.

WIRELESS KEY FOB

The Helm Master EX Keyless FOB works with Keyless Start/Stop Ignition Panels for one-touch starting near the helm. It’s also used to engage the optional Y-COP® Anti-Theft System, which disables your ignition and fuel systems for security when docked. Y-COP engagement works from up to 15 feet away. Every Helm Master EX system comes with two buoyant, wireless FOBs, however, up to four can be programmed to your system at one time.

STOP/START PANELS

Stop/Start Panels are available for single- or multi-engine configurations. They feature slim, backlit, button-push designs that preserve dash space. For multi-engine rigs, a small All Start Panel can also be added. All panels work with the Helm Master EX buoyant Wireless Key FOB for keyless ignition and the engagement of our optional Y-COP® Anti-Theft System.

Talk To Your Authorized Yamaha Outboard Dealer About Helm Master EX

Have questions about re-rigging your boat, compatibility with your outboard, component functions or participating boat builder partners? Contact your nearest authorized Yamaha Outboards dealer.

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