Optimus Electronic Power Steering

Docking by Control LLC. is an authorized dealer and installer for Seastar Solutions® Electronic Power Steering products.

Power Thrust Install

Redefining steering for power boats

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

Enjoy a higher level of engineering sophistication

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. We know you will be impressed.

Active Sensitivity

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, 6 or 7 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.

Seastar Solutions Optimus

Optimus EPS Car-like Response

This new and innovative product was developed because boating operators are asking for increased comfort, lighter steering loads and car-like steering response when on the water. Optimus EPS by SeaStar is the ULTIMATE choice for your twin outboard boat.

The Optimus Electronic Power Steering system for twin outboard configurations is very similar to the power steering in your car. Optimus EPS will provide operators ease of control when steering their boat at speed and lighten the steering load during low speed maneuvers.

Customized Feel

The operator can electronically fine-tune boat handling performance to provide a customized feel with the following features:

• Adjustable, speed sensitive helm turns, wheel effort and steering response. 

• Adjustable number of helm turns lock to lock.

Certified Autopilot Systems

Optimus EPS easily interfaces with Optimus EPS certified third-party autopilot systems, including Garmin® GHP 20 and Raymarine® SPX-40 models, eliminating the lengthy installation and purging procedure.

Ultimate Intelligence


Optimus EPS Electronic Helm

Features
• User adjustable helm turns and steering wheel effort
• Speed sensitive helm turns, effort and steering response
• Dual independent sensors and circuits
• Electronic helm
• Optional tilt helms available

Benefits
• Allows user to adjust steering sensitivity and resistance for maximum comfort
• Ability to adjust effort and steering sensitivity at speed
• Provides redundancy for reliable operation
• No hydraulic oil at helm
• Allows users to adjust position of steering wheel for personal comfort

Optimus SmartCylinder

Features
• Dual independent non-contact sensors and 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 and allows for easy orientation in any direction

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

Benefits
• Significantly reduces overall power consumption
• Allows user to purge system with existing components
• Meets Coast Guard requirement for ignition protection
• A separate auto-pilot pump is not required

Optimus CANtrak Display

Features
• CANtrak digital display for messaging and user interface
• Displays visual information on system status

Benefits
• Provides interface for adjusting helm turns and effort
• Dealer adjustable toe in/out and engine turning ratio
• Real-time rudder direction and RPM

Optimus Pump Control Module

Features
• Fault tolerant CAN Bus network
• Sealed, locking cable connections
• Accommodate certified 3rd party autopilot systems
• Automatic battery selector

Benefits
• Ensures system reliability and operation
• Ensures reliable cable connection protection from vibration
• No additional autopilot pump and RFU
• Ensures system operates at peak performance and allows for single engine trolling operation



For more information, call us at (321) 890-4511 or Visit Seastar Solutions