Answering consumer demand for better ergonomics and greater versatility, Mercury has created a new and innovative tiller handle which provides superior control and increased comfort.
Compatible with Mercury FourStroke outboards from 40 through to 115hp, Mercury’s new tiller handle is, quite simply, the most adjustable on the market.
This flexibility allows both left- and right-handed drivers to operate the tiller with equal comfort and control. That’s because the new Mercury tiller is the only one which not only lets operators swap the shift handle to either side of the tiller, but also reverse the throttle grip rotation.
Adding to that, the tiller handle has a side-to-side adjustment of up to 18 degrees port and starboard from centre. Likewise, the driver can also adjust the handle’s vertical angle through an auto-tilt lock system or a down-stop angle, micro-adjustment thumb screw.
These adjustments work together with a number of touch points and controls on the handle to provide the industry’s most customisable steering and throttle package that allows specific variations to best suit the driver’s body proportions and positioning.
Mercury developed the new tiller after listening to customers.
“Our extensive research revealed that boaters are looking for advanced features for personalising tiller control setup to meet their individual needs,” said Mercury Associate Category Manager, Kevin Hockerman
“As a result, Mercury has created a tiller that’s more ergonomic, comfortable, responsive and adaptive to improve the boating experiences. Our all-new tiller is much more than a comfortable handle — it is a state-of-the-art control system for the outboard engine.”
Importantly, the tiller handle’s innovations don’t stop with ergonomics. It comes standard with Mercury Troll Control, which allows boaters to dial in precise trolling speeds by tapping a button to increase or decrease speed in precise 10rpm increments. This is a huge improvement on the 50rpm increments that are industry standard.
Another new feature is an integrated engine information display which includes visual and audible warnings for engine oil, temperature, electrical and other faults, as well as for instances in which the driver’s safety lanyard becomes disconnected.
And for people in colder regions, there’s even an option for a heated grip that offers three levels of warmth for cold weather conditions.
Mercury’s all new tiller handle is compatible with;
the 40 through 60hp EFI FourStroke family of engines built since 2006, and
the 75 through 115hp EFI FourStroke family of engines built since 2014.
A SeaPro version of the new tiller has also been designed specifically for the rigours of commercial operations. It is equipped with all of the horizontal and vertical adjustments of the standard tiller, as well as the integrated engine information display.
Best range on the market
Mercury’s 40, 50 & 60hp tiller range is clearly the most intuitive and advanced on the market.
This superiority is even clearer when the engines are paired with Mercury’s VesselView Mobile, which allows boaters to use their mobile phone or tablet to access all the engine’s SmartCraft data, including RPM, boat speed, engine hours, engine temperature, faults and maintenance reminders.
The new tiller handle will be released in Australia and New Zealand from late April, in a full engine package or as a separate accessory.
To learn more, simply visit Mercury Marine at www.mercurymarine.com.au
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