MasterCraft has introduced its new Dockstar Handling System that enables boaters to drive in reverse and more easily navigate tight docks and crowded marinas.
MasterCraft’s engineering team addressed two important goals with the Dockstar Handling System: enable drivers to control a boat in both directions in reverse and improve the docking and maneuverability capabilities of an inboard drive MasterCraft. The system enables this through a pair of low-profile, flanking rudders that enable port-side reverse control, which the company says was previously unattainable with inboard towboats.
“MasterCraft and its progression are about making time on the water easier,” said Terry McNew, president and CEO of MasterCraft. “After we identified a way to make boating with a MasterCraft even better for our customers, we put our team of experienced designers and naval architects to work. The Dockstar Handling System improves the on-water experience for boaters and effectively removes any last entry barriers to buying an inboard towboat for owners who typically have preferred the handling and maneuverability of a traditional outboard or stern drive configuration.”
The patent-pending Dockstar Handling System is exclusive to MasterCraft towboats and is available on most 2017 models. The new steering system will be one of more than a dozen new upgrades set to be announced as part of the 2017 model year lineup in early July, the company said.