TORONTO, ON., August 29, 2017 – Yamaha Motor Canada has introduced a new 12.3” Connext® Helm Control System on all boats in the Company’s top of the line 242 series. With over 16 million colours and 1000 nits backlight, the 1920 x 720 resolution screen is much brighter than a smartphone, so it is easy to see even in direct sunlight.
How It Works
There are three ways to engage the Connext system starting with a row of quick-access buttons located at the base of the helm, a conveniently placed joystick and the touchscreen itself.
The main screen on Connext provides critical information such as water depth, fuel gauge, RPM, compass heading and speed. On the Trip tab, functions include maximum speed attained, fuel efficiency, average speed and trip odometer.
Connext also serves as the entertainment hub of the boat, providing full access to radio and stereo controls, Bluetooth® connectivity and USB connections. The Connext joystick provides additional quick access controls for top level Connext navigation, including Home, Scrolling and Volume as well as access to Yamaha’s Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode™.
Exclusive to the 12.3” Connext System is a full-featured, GPS-enabled nautical chart. An icon indicates the boat’s position on the chart, and it can be programmed to lead you to a destination or to leave a trail of bread crumbs showing you where you have been.
When anchored, Connext automatically goes into “float mode,” displaying pertinent information such as battery voltage and water depth. If the system detects low battery voltage, an audible alarm will sound indicating that the driver should start the engines to recharge the battery.
Yamaha’s Drive Control on E-Series Models
Yamaha’s 242 E-Series models, which include the 242 Limited S and 242X, also feature Drive Control on the new Connext screen. In addition, the wakesports focused 242X includes Ballast system controls on its Connext screen.
With Yamaha’s Drive Control, the driver can easily set rider acceleration profiles between fast, medium, slow and manual, as well as dial in top speed preferences with a press of the Connext system touchscreen.
Now owners can enter and save their acceleration and top speed profiles in the Connext system to the exact mile per hour, storing all preferences in one of the five programmable profiles.
Ballast Settings on the Yamaha 242X
On the 242X, the system can also store rider’s ballast preferences so the shape and size of the wake is exactly as desired. Through the Connext interface, owners can independently fill three ballast bags located in the centre storage compartment and under the two bench seats in the cockpit to add up to 1,400 pounds of additional weight for wakesports.
When that rider is ready to go, the driver simply chooses the rider’s saved profile, waits for the ballast system to calibrate, then pushes the throttle levers to full forward and the boat goes underway exactly as programmed. This ensures a perfect, consistent pull every single time no matter who is driving the boat.
Yamaha’s 12.3” Connext Helm Control System condenses a tremendous amount of information in a convenient touchscreen display featuring an intuitive interface with all of the critical functions boat owners demand.
To see the entire 2018 lineup of Yamaha Sport Boats, visit www.yamaha-motor.ca . .