Can a Joystick be Added to Older Rigs? | Formula 400SS | Galeon 660 Fly - 05/14/2018
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Formula 400 SS FX:
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Formula 400SS FX

The Formula 400SS FX catches the eye, thanks to the automotive-grade high-gloss paint and graphics, but all Formula boats have that. This is the head-turning FX version, a package of upgraded finishes and upholstery that makes her really stand out. She’s also got twin 520-hp Mercury Racing engines linked to Bravo 3 XR sterndrives, delivering a top speed of 52.7 mph. Have a closer look.

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Galeon 660 Fly:
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Galeon 660 Fly
Galeon 660 Fly

One look at the broad cockpit of the Galeon 660 Fly and boaters will see themselves enjoying the sunshine, swimming from the standard hydraulic platform, and entering the saloon for a welcome respite in the shade. And that’s just the beginning. Read about what else she has to offer...

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Sea Ray SLX 230 W:
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The Sea Ray SLX 230 is a dedicated wake-sports boat powered with the MerCruiser 370-hp Towsport Edition with V-Drive. She's loaded with features, from her broad swim platform with step to her folding tower with Bimini, to a bowthruster coupled to Mercury's JPI joystick control. Unlike most inboard wakeboats, this one can be used offshore because of her high freeboard. See how she performed.

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The broad bow of the Nitro® ZV 18 offers useful fishing space, thanks to an inset that keeps the 24-volt trolling motor remote right where the angler wants it. Nitro calls her a multi-species fiberglass fishing platform with baitwells fore and aft, locking rod storage, multiple high-output batteries, sonar, and a tandem trailer with swing-away tongue. With the standard 150-hp Mercury FourStroke or Optimax 2-stroke, she sells for $38,595. See what else she’s got to offer...

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Sea-Doo PWC:
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Sea-Doo technology and handling makes PWCs safer and more fun.

Sea-Doo's Intelligent Brake and Reverse (IBR) system increases safety and handling ease, while the Ergo-Lock seat lets riders grip the saddle with legs for a secure ride. The Advanced Combustion Efficiency (ACE) Rotax engine at 1630 cc's, puts out 300 horsepower, yet remains small and light. The modular Polytech hull allows molding component parts of lightweight but tough fiber-filled plastic, cutting weight, improving performance, and allowing more inventive designs. Get a glimpse into the innovation.

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Can Mercury Joystick and Skyhook Be Added to Older-Model Engines?

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The Mercury Joystick Piloting system has a green light ring around the joystick that shows it’s got control of the boat.

One reader wanted to know if he could add some of the new features available today to his existing boat. He asked, “Is it possible to retrofit the docking and Skyhook system on older model engines?” We went right to the source to find out. See what we learned…

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