Yamaha has added new features to its Helm Master integrated boat control system that give anglers even more vessel-positioning capability. Set Point uses a dual-antenna GPS to engage its three primary modes: Stay Point, Fish Point and Drift Point. Stay Point keeps the boat close to a specific spot and maintains position and heading, like a virtual anchor. Fish Point maintains a position but not heading, primarily using idle rpm; Drift Point maintains a heading but not position.
Set Point control buttons reside on the new Helm Master joystick and use Yamaha’s new CL7 touch-screen display to configure preferences. Set Point is available to boat makers for their new builds. Current Helm Master owners can purchase a main retrofit kit for $6,500, and a second-station retrofit kit for $4,165.