Experience worry-free docking with the original fully intuitive joystick piloting system for sterndrive engines.

Mercury's innovative Axius Joystick Piloting 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. Anybody can now dock safely with total confidence.

"Ms. Maneuver" With Zeus and Axius joystick precision control at their fingertips, Sea Ray gals are raring to take the helm (4.2 MB)
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The Axius system delivers innovative navigation features such as Skyhook, a digital anchor that holds your boat in place based on GPS positioning, regardless of wind and water conditions. The integrated auto pilot of Axius Premier 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.

A Next-Level Cruising Experience

The Axius Joystick Piloting system uses a joystick to control steering, throttle and shift 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, without the need for a bow thruster.

Proven Technology

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.

Axius Premier Advantage

For boaters in search of cutting-edge, yet intuitive, navigation technology, the Axius Premier system delivers. Axius Premier takes state-of-the-art joystick docking capabilities and adds several innovative and easy-to-use features. Among these are Skyhook, which anchors your boat via GPS regardless of wind and current, and Auto Heading, which automatically keeps your boat on course.

  • 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 Digital Anchor
    If you've ever found yourself in a situation waiting for a bridge to open, waiting in line at a fuel dock, or needing to hold steady to fish a specific spot in high winds, you probably could've benefited from having Skyhook. When engaged, Skyhook pinpoints your boat's position and heading 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.
  • Integrated Autopilot
    • Auto Heading
      The Auto Heading feature 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 Sequencing
      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 the route, the system precisely navigates it, making "getting there" a breeze.

Axius Joystick Piloting Features

  • 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*
  • VesselView*

*Requires Axius Premier.