Yamaha has once again taken marine technology to the next level, with the industry-first and game changing Yamaha Helm Master® EX boat control system.

Helm Master® EX is a fully integrated boat control system that makes navigating and getting to your destination easier, and once you arrive, gives a whole new level of control to precisely manoeuvre your craft to exactly where and how you want it. 

Never before has a single outboard engine been paired with a joystick control, delivering exceptional versatility and innovation. When it comes to twin, triple and quad engine applications, the new Helm Master® EX excels even further, with seamlessly integrated multi engine control.

No longer do you have to install multiple third-party devices such as steering and control systems, autopilot navigation and additional heavy batteries - nor the hassles that come with complex integration systems. With Yamaha’s Helm Master® EX, you get all of the benefits of these systems and more, in a simple, clean and fully integrated, plug-and-play system. And because every component has been designed, engineered and manufactured by Yamaha, it works seamlessly together to deliver the ultimate in reliability, durability and performance.

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned expert, Helm Master® EX guarantees to make your fishing and boating experience easier, more enjoyable and productive.

By delivering effortless control over your boat, you get to spend more time on the spots where the fish are biting and less time setting up, anchoring or trying to fine tune your boat position. 

Helm Master® EX - turning every fisherman into an expert.

Helm Master® EX has been designed to receive ongoing software updates to improve current functionality as well as introduce new innovative features to meet boaters growing technology needs. A software update was released in February 2022. View the new features and additional capabilities or speak to your local Yamaha Dealer to find out more.


Key Features


FishPoint® in Action

As shown in the above video, point the stern or the bow into the prevailing current and hit FishPoint® button for Helm Master EX system to maintain the boats position.  



Helm Master® EX allows you to customise your boating control set-up to suit your personal preferences, budget and boating needs.

The system consists of four primary application levels and has been designed to be fully expandable and customisable to suit your needs. This means you can install the complete Helm Master® EX system, or start with the Digital Electronic Controls and Digital Electric Steering, and add additional components over time, allowing you to reap the benefits that come with each component upgrade.

As the whole system has been designed and manufactured by Yamaha, using a plug-and-play approach, each component is easy and quick to install and comes with none of the inherit problems that occur when trying to integrate complex third-party electronic devices from different manufacturers.

Helm Master® EX is available across all current Yamaha Digital Electronic Control outboards from F150 to XTO425 and can be installed in single, double, triple and quad outboard applications.  Click here for more information on the application levels >>

Level 1 of the Helm Master EX System incorporates the completely new, upgraded Digital Electronic Control (DEC) and CL5 touchscreen display. There is also the option of the electronic key switch and keyless remote.
Level 2 of the Helm Master® EX system sees the addition of Yamaha’s all-new plug-and-play bolt-on Digital Electric Steering (DES). This system takes marine steering to the next level, with extreme smoothness, technical smarts and precision. 
Level 3 of the Helm Master® EX system introduces Yamaha’s all-new Autopilot. This system provides a number of built-in single touch functions that makes navigating and getting to your destination easier and quicker.
The system includes a slimline eight-button panel which goes on the console, a heading sensor which sits under the console and an antenna above the boat. 
Level 4 is the premium level of the Helm Master EX® system, with the addition of Yamaha’s full manoeuvrability joystick control system.
This stylish and ergonomic controller provides simultaneous control over shift, throttle and steering, in one easy-to-use joystick application. It can also be used in conjunction with many of the built-in Helm Master® EX SetPoint® positioning modes (FishPoint®, DriftPoint®, DriftPoint® Track and StayPoint®), for maximum control over your vessels positioning.