Zeus (4), IPS joystick, and what does it all mean?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Bill Kearney says:

    CANbus *is* NMEA 2000, more or less. Raymarine and others are already supporting engine data.
    Where’s the critical analysis of how this automated systems deal with failure? With engines it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of WHEN will an engine cut out. How are these systems designed to handle operating in less than ideal situations? With traditional propulsion, steering and throttle controls you’ve at least got some options.
    How long before someone’s Zeus or IPS equipped system loses an engine and drives the boat aground in a confused-computer frenzy, injuring or killing passengers?

  2. Could it be possible Bill (crash and burn) Kearney works for a bow thruster company?

  3. bob hayner says:

    IPS failed my Regal 40; not fixed after a month.

  4. Rich Janssen says:

    I had an engine go out on a Zeus and the joy stick therefore was automatically turned off. I still could control the boat with one engine and turning the wheel. Not as easy but it still worked. Sea Ray and Cummings quickly addressed the problem and I was back boating within a little more than a week.

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