Optimus 360 Joystick System
SeaStar has created the Optimus 360 Joystick to ensure that slow, close quarter vessel maneuvering is made easier - from the convenience of a centralized (or multi-location), drive-by-wire joystick control.
Editor’s Report by Capt. Greg Thornton
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- Unique, ergonomic, weather-proof
- Three-axis joystick
- Low-speed maneuvers / progressive throttling
- Compatible with third-party autopilot systems
- Optional multi-joystick capability
The concept for the Optimus 360 Joystick System is not new and in fact stems from the Teleflex electronic power-steering sub-system. This was SeaStar’s original power steering system, which was required for the install of the original joystick. Well, today’s updated Optimus 360 Joystick is no different, as SeaStar’s Electronic Power Steering (EPS) System is still a required install, and otherwise used as the backbone for the Optimus 360 Joystick’s installation. The five main modules that comprise the EPS are:
- Optimus EPS Electronic Helm
- Optimus SmartCylinder
- Optimus Hydraulic Steering Pump
- Optimus CANtrak Display
- Optimus Pump Control Module
Once those modules are installed, the SeaStar’s EPS will be complete, at which point the Optimus 360 Joystick is able to be installed.
The Optimus 360 Joystick
The Maneuvering Modes
The actual joystick itself is rather basic, however the movements it is capable of producing are anything but. The ergonomic design and rubberized, weatherproof finish are perfectly suited for most any applicant, in most any weather condition.
The most important of the controls on the Joystick housing (aside from the actual joystick) are the Boost and the Take Command buttons. The Boost gives a short burst of RPMs and the Take Command will “take command” away from any other helm control.
In addition, there are two other buttons: A (Position Mode) and C (Heading Mode). Position Mode will automatically control the vessel’s position yet let the heading drift freely. The Heading Mode will automatically control the vessel’s heading but let the position drift freely. These two controls can be combined by simply pressing them both at the same time. This Position/Heading Mode will hold both the vessel’s heading and position.
We see the real take away here being that the Optimus 360 Joystick provides stress-free, close quarter maneuvering and dynamic vessel positioning for operators. Whether for confidence or convenience sake, it’s easy to use and will make a seasoned pro out of most anyone who tries it.