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joystick control system to fit your needs.


In 1996 we were commissioned by The Hinckley Company to design and manufacture the "Jetstick™" for their new "Picnic Boat™." We were one of the first companies to develop jet boat controls for small to midsize boats. Since that time, we have designed systems for numerous companies and individual boat owners, installing marine controls on boats from 16 feet to ship class. Tom Serrao has been a consultant to boat builders, boat owners, and jet manufacturers for over 20 years, offering advice and identifying system issues. His expertise in the boating industry and his comprehensive knowledge of the mechanics of jet and water propulsion boats provides quick-response troubleshooting and minimizes downtime with analog or digital failures. Our joystick control systems come with a three-year warranty and are built to military specifications. They will never leave you stranded!

Please note some of the reviews we have received from boating magazines and longtime customers.



High speed transport ferry in Cape Town, South Africa, built by Stealth Yachts.  The joystick control system was installed by Control Engineering in August 2018.

High speed transport ferry in Cape Town, South Africa, built by Stealth Yachts.  The joystick control system was installed by Control Engineering in August 2018.

Yachting, 1998

"It's a strange sensation because it is intuitive and vastly different from any other steering and control function on any production powerboat I have been on. In simple terms, the joystick handles all facets of the boat, except for the RPM. I don't need to do the usual hand dance and alternate between grabbing the wheel, throttle and gear shift." - Charles Barthold


Soundings, 2015

"The joystick that started it all is the Hinckley JetStick™, which was developed by Tom Serrao and introduced in 1998 for the company’s waterjet powerboats. Waterjet boats with joysticks are wonderfully maneuverable and can be more agile than pod boats."  

Eric Sorensen (From the Soundings article, "Pods, inboards and joystick maneuvering" April 2015 issue.)

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"Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how impressed I was with the performance of your control stick you installed on John's 38' Little Harbor. We took the boat around Shelter Island this weekend and it was very cool the way the boat responded to the stick both underway and docking." - T.M.


M/Y Kismet, Ft Lauderdale, FL

"I just wanted to thank you for all your help and to recommend you and your great product. 

Thanks, Tom, and I hope to work with you again in the future!!! "              

Stuart Hayward, Second Officer


H.S., Jacksonville, FL

I had purchased a used 2003 "Downeast" type lobster boat with twin Yanmar diesels and Hamilton Jet Drives. The boat did not come with a "joystick" or "jetstick" control and I searched for someone with the experience and knowledge to retrofit my boat with such a system. 

Luckily I came across Tom Serrao and Control Engineering. Tom made an initial visit and inspection of the boat and was able to determine exactly what type of system I would need to interface with the existing controls on the boat. A proposal was made, contract signed and deposit paid. A very straightforward and simple process. The price for the system was quite fair. The amazing thing here is that this system was not to be a "one size fits all" or generic system, but rather a built from scratch completely custom unit just for my boat! 

The system was promised and was completed at the time and date specified. It was installed in about a day at my dock and worked perfectly from day one! This control system integrated the functions of forward and reverse, side thrusters, helm, and throttle, all in one control stick that could be operated easily with the fingers of one hand!

Tom stands behind his work as well. A year or so later, there was an issue with the joystick helm control [which in retrospect was probably related to some service work that had been done on the Hamilton Jets.] Tom made a special trip to the location of the boat at the time and was quickly able to diagnose and remedy the problem.

I have been a boat owner since the 1960's and can honestly say that I have never encountered a marine technician/engineer with the skill, experience, integrity and ingenuity of Tom Serrao and Control Engineering. I wholeheartedly recommend Tom to anyone in need of service, troubleshooting or fabrication of "joystick' systems.

Harvey B. Sher, MD, Jacksonville