Caterpillar has introduced an integrated propulsion and manoeuvring system, the Cat Three60 Precision Control, for the yacht market.
The propulsion system combines yacht propulsion and control components into single or multiple-joystick stations.
Cat Three60 integrates and optimises the propulsion and control system to improve the slow speed control of conventional shaft and propeller-driven yachts.
Caterpillar global pleasure craft manager David Shannon said: "The ease of manoeuvring, immediate response time, silky smooth operation, and other inherent features of the Cat Three60 take Caterpillar Marine and our customers to a new level."
Engine controls, transmissions, thrusters and propellers can be activated with the Cat Three60 by moving the same joystick.
The system also provides fully proportional power in any direction with propeller control down to 50 shaft rpm.
Cat Three60 requires the use of Twin Disc QuickShift transmissions for quick response and vessel control using QuickShift technology, which can transmit multi-directional torque in 50 milliseconds.
The new system also includes throttle control, electrical harnesses, sensors, bow thruster, stern thruster and hydraulic system components.
Caterpillar plans to offer additional features for Cat Three60 Precision Control, such as a GPS-based location maintaining feature, in the first quarter of 2013.