Most pontoon boats have a simple fiberglass helm that houses a collection of analog gauges, switches, knobs, as well as add-on’s like fish finders and radio controls. This layout can be functional, although somewhat overwhelming, but it doesn’t take advantage of today’s technological advancements and lacks the quality people come to expect in luxury transportation. With this in mind, how do you create a new helm which incorporates up-to-date technology and has the quality and style to become the segment leader in pontoon vessels.

 

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Just as you might see in luxury vehicles, the core of the new design is centered around incorporating digital touchscreen displays to replace traditional gauges and switches. This allows for improved functionality, greater flexibility and customization for the user. This departure from the traditional layout also allows for a sleek, modern aesthetic. Readability and ergonomics were a top concern. Another area of focus was the materials and finish. In order to elevate the design further, a range of materials were considered to replace painted fiberglass surfaces.  

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The result is a helm that is befitting of the new modern pontoon boat. With large digital touchscreen displays (12” and 7”) eliminating the need of countless switches and gauges, it has never been easier to enjoy and navigate the water. Personal device chargers and inputs have been incorporated, as well as water tight storage for that device and other small items.

With rich materials such as soft touch upholstery, aluminum, contrast stitching, and wood trim, the helm of the Harris pontoon boat has the style, look and feel of a luxury automobile.

The new helm is available in the two top Harris models – Grand Mariner Series and Crowne Series

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