Yamaha Introduces New 12.3” Connext Helm Control System on all 242 Series Models

Yamaha is introducing a new 12.3” Connext Helm Control System on all boats in the company’s top of the line 242 series. The first thing you notice is the brightness of the 1920 X 720 resolution screen. With over 16 million colors and 1000 nits backlight, it is much brighter than a smartphone, so it is easy to see even in direct sunlight.

There are three ways to engage the Connext system starting with a row of quick access buttons located at the base of the helm, a conveniently placed joystick, and the touchscreen itself. The main screen on Connext provides critical information such as water depth, fuel gauge, RPM, compass heading and miles per hour. On the Trip tab, functions include maximum speed attained, miles per gallon, gallons per hour, average speed and trip odometer.

Connext also serves as the entertainment hub of the boat, providing full access to radio and stereo controls, Bluetooth® connectivity and USB connections. The Connext joystick provides additional quick access controls for top level Connext navigation including Home, Scrolling and Volume as well as access to Yamaha’s Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode™.

Exclusive to the 12.3” Connext System is a full-featured, GPS-enabled nautical chart. An icon indicates the boat’s position on the chart, and it can be programmed to lead you to a destination or to leave a trail of bread crumbs showing you where you have been. When anchored, Connext automatically goes into “float mode,” displaying pertinent information such as battery voltage and water depth. If the system detects low battery voltage, an audible alarm will sound indicating that the driver should start the engines to recharge the battery.