SCHIEDAM – Running a boat is fun that can change a little when it comes to marina docking your Carpe Diem. VETUS, the Dutch boat systems developer and manufacturer, fixes that with its new joystick V-docker.

The V-DOCKER works with a single, mechanically controlled engine and a combination of bow and stern thrusters that provide optimal use of generated forces. Other systems use opposing forces at the stern, but the V-docker only needs a nudge of the thruster to tip the bow in the right direction.

This makes precise maneuvering possible without rocking surrounding boats. And because of the precise cooperation between thrusters and the engine, drifting will be a thing of the past.

The V-DOCKER system evenly distributes the forces over the front and rear of the boat. The subtle black styling of the joystick enables retrofitting on existing vessels.

This sail-by-wire system replaces your mechanically controlled throttle lever when the V-DOCKER is engaged, enabling single-handed boat control.

It works with both single inboard and outboard engines and will be available in two different kits: the VDSETT kit for regular bow thrusters and the VDSETR kit for boats with retractable thrusters.