Vonore, Tennessee-based MasterCraft has unveiled a brand new inboard docking system for its tow sport boats. The Dockstar Handling System is said to greatly improve manoeuvering around the dock.
The patent-pending system is exclusive to MasterCraft towboats and will be made available on most 2017 models. The company says the system is just one of several upgrades set to be announced at its 2017 model year lineup launch in early July.
"MasterCraft and its progression are about making time on the water easier,' says 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 sterndrive configuration.'
MasterCraft's engineering team focused on meeting two main objectives when designing the system: enable drivers to control a boat in both directions in reverse and improve the docking and maneuverability capabilities of an inboard driven vessel.
The Dockstar Handling System features a pair of low-profile, flanking rudders that enable port-side reverse control, which MasterCraft says was previously unattainable with inboard towboats.
MasterCraft is already promising that boat operators used to handling traditional inboard-powered vessels will be amazed at the boat's ability to reverse both port and starboard without having to compensate.
Undoubtedly, MasterCraft will submit its new system for consideration for an NMMA Innovation Award, which are presented at IBEX as well as the Miami International Boat Show. To date, the boat manufacturer has won five NMMA Innovation Awards.