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Yamaha officially announced their new Helm Master EX on July 1, 2020. From their news release:

“Yamaha Marine today introduced Helm Master EX, the next level of customizable, integrated boat control. Now available in single through quad outboard applications, Helm Master EX brings forward the benefits from the original Helm Master system, including joystick maneuverability, and improves upon them to create greater control and fishability for a wider range of boaters.”

Summary of New Yamaha Helm Master EX

The key benefits of the Yamaha Helm Master EX are:

  • Full maneuverability – the new hardware has been updated to consolidate functions and improve overall ergonomics
  • Joystick control – precise operation and new features like DriftPoint Track
  • Yamaha Autopilot – this can be controlled with the new joystick and includes functions such as course and heading hold
  • Less maintenance – this new design puts all components into 1 entirely sealed unit, limiting the maintenance you’ll need to do long-term to keep things running smoothly
  • Digital electronic control box – completely redesigned for the Helm Master EX

Our initial review of the Yamaha Helm Master EX is that it will be a game-changer for fishermen and those who want to boat in and around Southwest Florida. This custom-developed software by Yamaha will make boating more effortless and allow our boaters less maintenance in the long-run.

Which boats can use the Yamaha Helm Master EX?

According to Yamaha Outboards, the new Helm Master EX will benefit smaller center console and larger bay boats.

Can I install the Yamaha Helm Master EX on my boat?

Helm Master EX was created with all-new software developed by Yamaha. It was built by engineers working for Yamaha just for Yamaha Outboards. According to the news release above, the Helm Master EX can be installed by boat dealers with Certified Yamaha Repower Technicians.

When can I buy a new boat with the Yamaha Helm Master EX?

Boat dealerships began carrying boats with the Yamaha Helm Master EX in July. Here at our Fort Myers boat dealership, we’ve ordered several new Grady-White Boats powered by the Helm Master EX and we expect them to arrive in the fall of 2020.

Is there a warranty for the Yamaha Helm Master EX?

Yamaha’s Helm Master EX PowerMatched/Component Limited Warranty applies to all components within the system.

Find Boats with Yamaha Helm Master EX in Fort Myers & Cape Coral

If you’re a boater in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or anywhere in Lee County looking to get your hands on a boat with Yamaha’s new Helm Master EX, you can find it here at Fish Tale Boats. As we head into the 2020 – 2021 season, we’ve ordered Grady White boats equipped with Yamaha’s new Helm Master EX and we invite you to come down for a walk-through or sea trial.

We are a family-owned, local boat dealership located in South Fort Myers on US 41 and Briarcliff Road. We’ve been selling boats in Lee County since 1996 and we pride ourselves on bringing the latest and greatest boats and boat accessories to our customers.

We sell new boats from Grady-White, Robalo, Chaparral, and Premier Pontoons. You can also find several used boats of all brands on our Fort Myers boat lot. Come by our location at 15581 S Tamiami Trail or give us a call at (239) 463-4448. You can also browse our new boat inventory online here.