The website for the MerCruiser Axius System looks impressive. Animated graphics and CGI demonstrate how you can control and dock a boat with joystick.
If you want a chance to try out the real Axius System on a powerboat, now you get your chance.
MerCruiser is giving boaters the chance to take the MerCruiser Axius Piloting System for a test run when Two Florida marinas offer demos this month.
This demo offers you the chance for to stand at the helm of a Formula, Rinker or Maxum boat and try the joystick docking capabilities and advanced piloting features.
What is Axius?
Axius is a sterndrive package that uses twin, independently articulating MerCruiser Bravo Three sterndrives to provide joystock docking.
Additionally, its Digital Throttle and Shift and Electronic/Hydraulic steering system make piloting a larger boat simple and intuitive. Axius-powered boats can move laterally, at an angle, forward, backward and even turn in a circle on its axis – all with a simple touch of a joystick.
Axius utilizes traditional sterndrives that, because of their ability to move independently, deliver performance well beyond that of traditional sterndrive- powered boats. Sterndrives are well known for their performance benefits compared to traditional inboards or pod drive systems and Axius increases that advantage.
Axius is especially attractive to boat builders because it doesn’t require modifications to boat hulls, and the only visible modification is the addition of the joystick and a small control pad at the helm.
Mercury was recently awarded an IBEX Innovation Award by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association and Boating Writers International for “Innovative Achievement” of the Axius System.
Try Out Axius For Yourself
Here are the dates for the demos in Florida…
TWO DAYS ONLY (Tampa/St. Petersburg)
Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort marina in St. Petersburg.
Source: Mercury Marine