SEASTAR SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES OPTIMUS 360
FOR MERCURY® VERADO™ OUTBOARDS
Optimus 360 System, including Optimus EPS, SeaStation GPS Anchoring and
SeaWays Autopilot Now Available for Popular Verado Outboards
(February 15, 2015, Litchfield, IL) – SeaStar Solutions, the global leader in marine steering and electronic
control technology, has announced the availability of its acclaimed Optimus 360 joystick docking and control
system for Mercury® Verado™ six-cylinder digital throttle and shift outboards.
Now, owners of Verado outboards can enjoy the benefits of SeaStar Optimus 360 joystick control technology for close quarter maneuvering, as well as Optimus EPS (Electronic Power Steering), SeaStation GPS Anchoring and SeaWays Autopilot capabilities.
“Last year, we introduced our Optimus EPS electronic power steering for Verado outboards,” said Tom
Douglass, vice president of sales and marketing for SeaStar Solutions. “Now, for the first time, we are able to
offer our complete suite of Optimus Solutions to Verado owners.”
The Optimus 360 system will provide complete multidirectional joystick control of any vessel with twin or triple Verado outboard installations. (The quad Verado Optimus 360 joystick control will follow in the summer.) Low speed diagonal, sideways, forward and reverse movements are controlled by the simple and intuitive movement of the joystick. An exclusive “boost” mode provides added thrust to overcome strong wind or current.
The Optimus 360 system also includes Optimus EPS power steering. In addition to making steering easier while
underway, Optimus EPS’ speed adaptive feature allows lock-to-lock turn ratios to be programmed to match
engine rpm. For example, when running at cruising speeds the steering can be set to eight turns lock-to-lock, so
minor movements of the wheel won’t translate into significant changes in course. When operating at lower
speeds, the lock-to-lock ratio can be set to as low as 3.5 turns, and steering effort can be further eased to aid
when maneuvering in tight spaces.
Because Optimus employs an “on demand” pump system, skippers will realize an immediate power savings,
limited pump heat generation and improved durability.