Mercury's innovative joystick-control Axius system is the perfect remedy for boat maneuvering and docking woes. Axius allows you to dock in a safe and relaxed way, regardless of close quarters, cross currents or side winds. The intuitive and natural user interface gives you total boat control with one hand, meaning anybody can dock safely with total confidence.
The Axius system also delivers innovative navigation features such as Skyhook, an electronic anchor that holds your boat in place based on GPS positioning, regardless of wind and water conditions. Waypoint control allows you to set a course on your chart plotter that your boat will follow automatically. With Axius, boat control and navigation have never been easier or more precise. The future of boating is here.
A Next-Level Cruising Experience
MerCruiser's Axius system uses a joystick to control steering, throttles and shifters at the same time, offering complete boat maneuverability with one hand. The interface is simple and intuitive: move the joystick in the direction you want to go, and the further you move it, the faster the boat will travel in that direction. With the Axius system your sterndrives move independently of each other, allowing them to achieve the lateral movement needed to pull off close-quarter maneuvers with ease.
Built on Mercury's proven SmartCraft Integrated Technology, the Axius system seamlessly performs alongside your Digital Throttle & Shift and power steering. The joystick controls two independently steered Bravo Three sterndrives through a network of onboard computers. Rigorously tested and repeatedly proven in the field, Axius fluidly translates a complex system to a one-handed joystick interface that is natural and easy to operate.
For boaters in search of cutting-edge, yet intuitive, navigational technology, the Axius Premier system delivers. Axius Premier takes state-of-the-art joystick docking capabilities and adds several innovative and easy-to-use new features. Among these are Skyhook, which electronically anchors your boat via GPS regardless of wind and current, and Auto Heading, which automatically keeps your boat on course.
The Axius CAN Control Pad
A key feature exclusive to the Axius Premier package, the convenient and easy-to-use Axius CAN Control Pad offers a range of useful navigational operations at the touch of a finger.
- Skyhook Electronic Anchor
If you've ever found yourself in a situation waiting for a bridge to open, or were next in line at a fuel dock slip, or needed to hold steady to fish a specific spot in high winds, you probably could've benefited from having the Axius Skyhook Electronic Anchor. When engaged, Skyhook pinpoints your boat's position using a GPS satellite antenna, then works with the engines and drives to maintain that position regardless of wind or current. Skyhook helps you keep your boat steady in any circumstance at the push of a button-it really is that easy.
- Auto Heading
The Auto Heading feature on your Axius CAN Control Pad uses a built-in digital compass to allow the captain to maintain course and make precise corrections easily, with the touch of the finger. When you enable Auto Heading, you can vary your course port or starboard by using the arrow keys on the control pad, changing it 10 degrees per tap. You can also use the joystick to correct your course, tapping it port or starboard to adjust in 1-degree increments.
- Waypoint Sequence
Axius Waypoint Sequencing is chart plotting, evolved. Through your VesselView screen, the Waypoint Sequence feature allows you to plot your boat's course-with multiple points in between-to your final destination. Once you program your route, the system precisely navigates it, making "getting there" a breeze.
Joystick Control System
Experience worry-free docking with the first fully intuitive piloting system on the water.
The Axius Premier Advantage
Upgrade to Axius Premier and take your navigational capabilities to the next level.
Features & Attributes* MerCruiser Sterndrives w/Axius Premier
- Joystick Functionality
- Move sideways and at an angle
- Rotate in own length or 360° on an axis
- Intuitive, proportional control of thrust and speed in any direction
- Enhanced docking control mode
- Safety, Reliability & Durability
- Proven, rear-facing propellers
- Shallow draft design for less water displacement
- More than 50,000 hours of endurance testing
- Precision Navigation
- Skyhook GPS Anchor
- Auto Heading
- Waypoint Control
- Comfortable Fit
The ergonomically designed joystick is built for comfort and ease of use, giving you better handling and more intuitive control.
The Axius joystick responds to both the direction you move it and the pressure you apply, providing smooth and accurate control at your touch. To move to the left, push the joystick to the left. To go faster, apply more pressure.
Twist the Axius joystick to turn the boat within its own length. An ideal maneuver for changing directions in a tight space.
Move the Axius joystick to the left, right or at any angle to move your boat precisely at your control.
Move the Axius joystick toward the bow or stern of the boat to move directly forward or backward.
*Some features may not be activated by certain boat builders. Please contact your boat builder to determine what functionality is offered for your specific model.