Yamaha Helm Master EX

Yamaha Helm Master® EX

Yamaha has elevated marine technology with the groundbreaking Yamaha Helm Master® EX boat control system, and Jamieson Marine are proud to offer it.

Helm Master® EX offers a fully integrated solution for navigating to your destination with ease and providing precise maneuverability upon arrival. This industry-first system pairs a single outboard engine with joystick control, delivering unparalleled versatility and innovation. For applications with twin, triple, or quad engines, Helm Master® EX excels further with seamlessly integrated multi-engine control.

Gone are the days of installing multiple third-party devices and dealing with complex integration systems. With Yamaha’s Helm Master® EX, you gain the benefits of steering and control systems, autopilot navigation, and more—all in a simple, plug-and-play system. Designed, engineered, and manufactured by Yamaha, every component works seamlessly together for unmatched reliability, durability, and performance.

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned expert, Helm Master® EX guarantees to make your fishing and boating experience easier, more enjoyable and productive. With effortless control over your boat, you can spend more time where the fish are biting and less time setting up or fine-tuning your position.

Yamaha Outboards Helm Master EX System Overview

Glenn & Grant from Yamaha Motor Australia guide you through the features of the brand-new Helm Master EX digital boating control system and explain how these features will simplify operating your boat while out on the water.

FISHPOINT

KEEPS POSITION
Single Engine & Multi Engine

FishPoint® works to maintain the boat’s position. Simply identify your chosen fishing location and hit the FishPoint® button. Helm Master® EX then takes over using minimal engine RPM and the electric steering to hold your position.

The vessel can move in 1.5, 3 or 6 metre increments (preset in the gauge) with a bump of the joystick forward, reverse or to either side. FishPoint® is perfect for stationary fishing directly below the boat.

DRIFTPOINT

KEEPS HEADING
Single Engine & Multi Engine

DriftPoint® allows you to keep your bow pointed in a set direction while allowing you to naturally drift via the prevailing current and/or wind.

One twist of the joystick moves your boat’s bow heading angle by 1 degree, while a twist and hold moves it by 5 degrees, with additional twists up to 50 degrees. DriftPoint® is great for drift-fishing a wreck, reef or for watching a sunset from the stern.

DRIFTPOINT TRACK

KEEPS HEADING
Single Engine & Multi Engine

DriftPoint® Track allows you to maintain your bow heading, while drifting along a set track (route) of waypoints that you have plotted using your compatible Multifunction Display. The boat will drift and use forward and reverse thrust to follow the predetermined route.

This is handy when drifting along a depth contour, for keeping a certain distance from the shore while drifting or for following a drift line over reefs and wrecks.

STAYPOINT

KEEPS POSITION & HEADING
Multi Engine Configuration Only

StayPoint® “marks” your position and heading, while maintaining the spot within 3 metres (ideal conditions) or 23 metres (high winds/currents).

The vessel can move in 1.5, 3 or 6 metre increments (preset in the gauge) with a bump of the joystick forward, reverse or to either side. One twist of the joystick will move your boat’s bow heading angle by 1 degree, while a twist and hold will move it by 5 degrees, with additional twists up to 50 degrees.

AUTOPILOT

NAVIGATION SYSTEM
Single Engine & Multi Engine

FishPoint® works to maintain the boat’s position. Simply identify your chosen fishing location and hit the FishPoint® button. Helm Master® EX then takes over using minimal engine RPM and the electric steering to hold your position.

The vessel can move in 1.5, 3 or 6 metre increments (preset in the gauge) with a bump of the joystick forward, reverse or to either side. FishPoint® is perfect for stationary fishing directly below the boat.

FishPoint® in Action

As shown in the video, point the stern or the bow into the prevailing current and hit FishPoint® button for Helm Master EX system to maintain the boat’s position.

Fully Expandable System

Helm Master® EX allows you to customise your boating control set-up to suit your personal preferences, budget and boating needs.

The system consists of four primary application levels and has been designed to be fully expandable and customisable to suit your needs. This means you can install the complete Helm Master® EX system, or start with the Digital Electronic Controls and Digital Electric Steering, and add additional components over time, allowing you to reap the benefits that come with each component upgrade.

As the whole system has been designed and manufactured by Yamaha, using a plug-and-play approach, each component is easy and quick to install and comes with none of the inherit problems that occur when trying to integrate complex third-party electronic devices from different manufacturers.

Helm Master® EX is available across all current Yamaha Digital Electronic Control outboards from F150 to XTO425 and can be installed in single, double, triple and quad outboard applications.  Click here for more information on the application levels >>

Level 1 of the Helm Master EX System incorporates the completely new, upgraded Digital Electronic Control (DEC) and CL5 touchscreen display. There is also the option of the electronic key switch and keyless remote.

Concealed Side Mount Control

Completely redesigned with greater ergonomic comfort and new capabilities, including:

Speed Control (push-button up or down), Pattern Shift (for slower than idle speed trolling), Neutral Hold (for engine warm up or additional charge for batteries), Station Selector (for selector more then one helm), Engine Trim and Trim Assist.

Single Engine Binnicle

Completely redesigned with greater ergonomic comfort and new capabilities, including:

Speed Control (push-button up or down), Pattern Shift (for slower than idle speed trolling), Neutral Hold (for engine warm up or additional charge for batteries), Station Selector (for selector more then one helm), Engine Trim and Trim Assist.

Multi Engine Binnicle

In addition to all the features on the single handle digital electronic control, the twin handle control also provides:

Single Lever control (for controllng multiple engines with one lever), Centre Engine select (for selecting the centre engine only on triple and quad outboard set-ups), the ability to Trim all or each individual engine separately and Trim Assist.  

CL5 Touchscreen Display

The all-new, low profile Yamaha Command Link CL5 touchscreen display is small in size but big on information, features and capability.

Integrated Design Features

The CL5 is the control centre for all of the Helm Master® EX functions including Autopilot, SetPoint, steering and other adjustments.

It is also suitable for all of Yamaha’s EFI engines and can monitor up to four outboards. Its sophisticated, modern design features intuitive operation and matches the latest boat console trends, while its compact size leaves more room on the console for other electronics.

Electronic Key Switch (Optional)

It allows for one-touch starting while at the helm and can unlock/lock ignition from up to five metres away. The keyless remote floats and is water resistant for up to five minutes. Two keyless remotes are provided with each all-new Helm Master® EX Electronic Key Switch panel (not available with other Yamaha switch panels).

Keyless Remote

The buoyant wireless keyless remote (push-button) allows for keyless start/stop push-button ignition. It also serves as the on/ off device for Yamaha’s Y-COP® anti-theft system.

It allows for one-touch starting while at the helm and can unlock/lock ignition from up to five metres away. The keyless remote floats and is water resistant for up to five minutes. Two keyless remotes are provided with each all-new Helm Master® EX Electronic Key Switch panel (not available with other Yamaha switch panels).

Level 2 of the Helm Master® EX system sees the addition of Yamaha’s all-new plug-and-play bolt-on Digital Electric Steering (DES). This system takes marine steering to the next level, with extreme smoothness, technical smarts and precision.

Better Performing

Yamaha’s digital electric steering system is smoother, faster and has zero lag time – unlike hydraulic and cable steering systems – delivering an overall more enjoyable piloting experience.

Smart Lock-To-Lock

You can set the lock-to-lock wheel rotation to constant deliver finer control at high speeds and more responsive control at low speeds.

 

Smart Steering Friction

You can customise the steering friction to match your preference and conditions. Plus, the system adjusts friction based on RPM for better control at all speeds.

Less Battery Power

Digital Electric Steering only uses current when in operation (on demand), which means it is not constantly drawing amps like conventional power steering pumps. This gives you more net battery power to run other electronic devices.

More Available Space

Unlike hydraulic steering systems, there are no pumps, valves or hoses, freeing up space in the bilge area at the back of the boat and upfront under the console.

Quicker & Cheaper To Install

This plug-and-play bolt-on system is easy and quick to install, saving on installation time and costs. There is no need to install pumps, valves and hoses, nor the ongoing maintenance costs that come with other steering systems.

Level 3 of the Helm Master® EX system introduces Yamaha’s all-new Autopilot. This system provides a number of built-in single touch functions that makes navigating and getting to your destination easier and quicker.

The system includes a slimline eight-button panel which goes on the console, a heading sensor which sits under the console and an antenna above the boat.

Heading Hold

With the push of a button, Heading Hold allows you to automatically maintain a set compass heading (e.g. due North), while allowing your boat to drift with the prevailing currents and wind.

Course Hold

With a push of a button, Course Hold allows you to keep your course, with the system automatically adjusting the boat back on course if it is impacted by current and/or wind. This is handy if your aiming to travel the shortest route to a specific location.

Track Point

Track Point allows you to pilot your boat automatically along a set of waypoints that you have plotted into your compatible Multifunction Display (MFD). This is handy for following set depth contours, channel markers, navigation beacons, a shoreline or other structures.

Waypoint Arrival

Provides automatic deceleration when approaching the set destination. You can also choose to engage one of the SetPoint functions automatically (available with the Joystick System) as you return the throttle to the neutral position. This function is only available through a compatible Multifunction Display (MFD).

Pattern Steer – Zigzag

Another feature of the Autopilot is Pattern Steer Zigzag, which allows you to select the zigzag steering pattern without having to set waypoints on a Multifunction Display (MFD). You can engage Speed Adjust and Pattern Shift (very slow trolling) while in Pattern Steer mode.

Pattern Steer – Spiral

Stalling your bait and then moving it suddenly gets the attention of the fish. Pattern Steer Spiral put your boat into an automated spiral movement so you can focus on the fish. The Pattern Steer feature is great for spiralling over a wreck or zig zagging over a school of fish to trigger a strike.

Pattern Steer – Williamson Turn

In addition to the existing Spiral and Zig Zag patterns, the skipper can now access Williamson Turn which return the vessel back to the point where the patterns were activated, delivering more control and operator flexibility. Perfect at nighttime, in reduced visibility or when your origination point is out of sight.

Pattern Steer – Pattern Search

Find productive water by trolling in a grid pattern until you get bites. Then revisit spots where you found action. Pattern Steer automates a movement (Pattern Search) to do this. Pattern Search will complete the grid, returning your boat to its origination point. It will continue to loop the pattern until you deactivate it.

System Integration

Autopilot seamlessly integrates with Speed Control, Trim Assist, the joystick and other Helm Master EX functions.

Level 4 is the premium level of the Helm Master EX® system, with the inclusion of Yamaha’s full manoeuvrability joystick control system. You can now expand this even further by pairing the system with an integrated bow thruster, for the ultimate in boat control.

The stylish and ergonomic controller provides simultaneous control over shift, throttle and steering, in one easy-to-use joystick application. The joystick can also directly control the variable speed bow thruster to further enhance lateral control and movement of the vessel, available for single to quad outboard engine set-ups.

Joystick Maneuverability

The joystick delivers precise low speed control when approaching a dock, launching and retrieving off a trailer or coming up to a beacon, wreck or other physical structure.

You can also control your vessel with the joystick while in FishPoint®, DriftPoint®, DriftPoint® Track and StayPoint® modes.

Additional Joystick Station

In addition to the main Helm Master® EX station and optional second station, Yamaha is now offering an additional joystick station. This will benefit serious offshore fisherman where the convenience of an additional control away from the main helm is a huge advantage, especially when reversing up to a trophy catch.

Integrated Bow Thruster

Now available on single, twin, triple and quad outboard applications, the variable speed bow thruster delivers additional lateral and pivot control over the vessel. The bow thruster is paired with the Helm Mater EX joystick, and further compliments SetPoint positioning modes and autopilot functions for a more enjoyable boating experience.

Single Engine Functionality

Simply push the joystick to move forward, pull the joystick to reverse and twist the joystick to turn.

Multi Engine Functionality

Simply push the joystick to move forward, pull the joystick to reverse and twist the joystick to turn. With twin, triple and quad outboard applications, you also have the ability to move the joystick from side-to-side for precise lateral movements, for even greater control over your vessel.

Waypoint Arrival with SetPoint®

The operator can select what the Autopilot does on approach to the final waypoint: Alert the skipper to the arrival at the waypoint; Automatically decelerate, alert the operator to move the control handle to neutral, the boat will then enter the preselected SetPoint® mode (i.e. FishPoint®, DriftPoint® or StayPoint®); or Automatically decelerate, alert the skipper to arrival at the waypoint and await further skipper input.

Thrust & Steering Adjustment

While in Joystick, Fishpoint® or DriftPoint® modes, you can increase or decrease the maximum thrust level available to the system, to suit the prevailing conditions. You can also adjust

Speed Adjust

You can adjust the speed up or down, by RPM or by GPS speed over ground (operator-selected via display), in preset increments, by pushing the joystick forward (increase speed) or backward (reduce speed). This feature is available during normal operation and when using Autopilot, by activating the Speed Control on the Digital Electronic Control.

Heading Adjust

While using the Heading Hold feature in Autopilot, you can adjust the heading by twisting the joystick handle once for a one-degree adjustment or twist and hold the joystick until it beeps, for a 5 degree adjustment. You can continue this up to 50 degrees, by twisting and holding the joystick repeatably.

Course Adjust

While using the Course Hold feature in Autopilot, you can adjust your course heading by rotating same as Heading Adjust, or offset course parallel by moving the joystick sideways (3 metre, 6 metre, 15 metre intervals as pre-selected by operator through display).

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