The high-tech control system draws a line of battle amid intense competition
The SR320FB Sport cruiser has exceptional running performance and comfortable occupancy in the form of a beautiful European style
Japanese engine manufacturers are racing to develop sophisticated control systems for marine tourism vessels. Because buoyant stock markets around the world encourage wealthy consumers to play on cruise ships.
Yamaha Motor launched the upgraded version of the SR320FB cruiser in April, equipped with a new Helm Master outboard control system, which allows the operator to hold the ship in a fixed position, even in difficult conditions.
This technology was developed by Swedish marine power system maker Volvo Penta, using GPS data to determine the location of the ship and maintain its position and position.
The aircraft can maneuver to the side while facing the same direction, and even rotate it 360 degrees on the spot using the joystick on the console.
Yamaha has included a system in the model that debuted in the US in 2013.
At 32.1 million yen ($ 301,890) before tax, the revamped model is about 6% more expensive than the previous version, but the manufacturer is confident it will sell 10 units over the next 12 months.
This system is available globally, but needs to be incorporated into new ships manufactured by manufacturers that have connections with Yamaha.
The Honda Motor marine unit exhibited its newest items at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama in early March. The upgraded BF250 outboard engine incorporates a newly developed electronic remote control system that can synchronize the movements of several outboard motors and start and stop ships remotely.
The volume of combined shipments of motorboats and outboard engines by Japanese makers has recovered to levels not seen since before the global financial crisis. The amount in 2017 reached 192 billion yen, up 4% from the previous year, according to the Japan Maritime Industry Association.
Japanese companies accounted for 70% of global outboard motor shipments for cruise ships, or around 510,000 units. But with competition reaching unprecedented levels, manufacturers are increasingly looking to make their products stand out with high-tech features.
An electronically controlled engine that offers higher driving performance and easier operation is one of the main battlegrounds. The new smart engine was even adopted for ships over 30 feet that are usually diesel powered.