Seastar Optimus EPS

While cable steering, and more recently hydraulics, have made steering easier, the prime mover is still the arms and hands of the captain at the wheel. But all of that has changed. SeaStar Solutions is proud to announce a historic change in boat handling, with its revolutionary Optimus Electronic Power Steering (EPS) for single, twin, triple and quad outboard engine boats. With Optimus EPS, you can take command of your boat without having to arm-wrestle for control.

Optimus EPS truly raises the bar when it comes to comfort, control and maneuverability, especially for the new breed of high performance powerboats, saltwater fishing vessels, catamarans, RIBS and high end pontoon boats. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced when it comes to steering.

Lock-to-lock turns and wheel effort are programmed to change with engine RPM. At slow speeds, Optimus EPS can be set to reduce the number of turns lock-to-lock, for example 4 and make it easier to steer. When you’re negotiating through traffic or in a tight spot, those smaller moves of the wheel give you precise control. When you’re running at speed in open water, Optimus EPS can be set to increase lock-to-lock turns, for example, and increase steering effort giving the driver more stability to comfortably keep on course. And through it all, Optimus EPS does the work, so you can relax and take it easy.

Advantages of Optimus Electric Power Steering

  • No oil at the helm
  • Boat that steers like a sports car
  • Plug and play autopilot compatibility
  • No auto pilot pump or rudder feedback unit
  • Adjustable speed sensitive wheel effort
  • Adjustable speed sensitive turns lock to lock
  • Can be retrofitted to existing mechanical and electronic
    controlled engines. You do not have to buy new engines
  • No tie-bars (twin configuration)
  • No liquid tie-bar (CAT)
  • On demand pumps which extend battery life
  • Components based on existing SeaStar reliability and quality
  • NMEA 2000 Certified
  • Meets or exceeds NMMA, ABYC, CE, ISO and SAE

Technology behind the system – The incredible feel you get when you’re behind the wheel of a boat equipped with Optimus EPS is the result of an innovative array of technology and engineering. Each component has been designed to complement the other, resulting in a seamless experience of steering control in virtually every situation on the water. The high level of engineering also extends to the reliability of the system, with quality materials, careful manufacturing and redundant systems, all to stand up to the rigors of life on the water.

System Components

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Optimus EPS Electric Helm

Optimus EPS Electronic Helm 

Features

  • Adjustable helm turns and steering wheel effort.
  • Speed sensitive helm turns, effort and response
  • Dual independent sensors and circuits
  • Electronic helm

Benefits

  • Adjustable steering for maximum comfort
  • Adjustable effort and steering sensitivity at speed
  • Provides redundancy for reliable operation
  • No hydraulic oil at helm
  • Adjustable steering wheel position

Optimus Smartcylinder

Optimus SmartCylinder

Features

  • Dual independent non-contact sensors
  • Proven SeaStar cylinder design
  • Integrated rudder feedback unit (RFU)
  • Adjustable stainless steel ORB fittings

Benefits

  • Enhances system reliability and operation
  • No additional RFU required for autopilot system
  • Simplifies the installation
  • Allows for easy orientation in any direction

Optimus Hydraulic Steering Pump

Optimus Hydraulic Steering Pump

Features

  • On demand hydraulic steering pump
  • Simplified auto-purge mode
  • Designed using SAE J-1171 rated motor
  • Third party auto-pilot certified
  • Integrated service/bypass valve

Benefits

  • Significantly reduces overall power consumption
  • No oil cooler required for hydraulic fluid
  • Allows purging system with existing components
  • Meets requirements for ignition protection
  • A separate auto-pilot pump is not required

Optimus CANtrak display

Optimus CANtrak Display

Features

  • Digital display for messaging and user interface
  • Displays digital information on system status
  • Interface to setup, Configure and Purge

Benefits

  • Interface for adjusting helm turns and effort
  • Dealer adjustable toe and engine turning ratio
  • Real-time rudder direction and RPM
  • No additional device required to set-up

Optimus Pump Control Module

Optimus Pump Control Module

Features

  • Fault tolerant CAN bus network
  • Sealed, locking cable connections
  • Accommodation certified 3rd party autopilot system
  • Automatic battery selector

Benefits

  • Ensures system reliability and operation
  • Ensures reliable cable protection from vibration
  • No additional auto-pilot pump and RFU
  • Ensures system operates at peak performance

For any further information regarding any Optimus Electric Power Steering systems or to enquire about a sale please contact us at 01590 681445 or via email at info@hypromarine.co.uk.

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