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Here are some of the most common questions about the new system…
Q1: Is Y-COP easy to use when I want to immobilise my new outboard?
Q2: Why do I need Y-COP when my boat already has an ignition key?
Q3: Y-COP won’t stop my outboard being stolen off the transom though, will it?
Q4: Why can’t I get Y-COP on my new 200hp outboard engine?
Q5: Could I fit Y-COP to my three year old F40 outboard?
Q6: What happens if I loose my Remote Immobiliser?
Q7: I want to take my second remote control out with me on the boat so I won’t have a spare at home, so is that a risk?
Q8: What would happen if someone presses the Y-COP lock button whist we are on the move?
Q9: What happens if I forget that I have the Y-COP switched on and I try to drive the boat?
Q10: Is there any chance Y-COP could fail or go wrong?
Q11: Do I have to make modifications to my boat to have Y-COP fitted?
Q12: Could the remote Security Box antenna and buzzer be removed by a thief?
Q13: Is the new system waterproof?
Q14: Will the new Y-COP system take long to fit?
Q15: Do I have to fit and use the Y-COP system on my new 50hp outboard if I choose not to?
Q16: Is Y-COP available on tiller control engines as well as remote control ones?
Q17: Will my insurance company recognise Y-COP as a benefit?
Q18: What does Y-COP stand for?
Here are some of the most common questions about the new system…
Q1: Is Y-COP easy to use when I want to immobilise my new outboard?
The Y-COP system is extremely simple to operate and user friendly – for its owner! A small compact waterproof remote control unit is used to arm and disarm the system. The remote control has two buttons to control the functions. To arm the system simply switch the ignition key to the OFF position and press the LOCK button on the remote. A buzzer will sound once confirming the engine is immobilised. To disarm the system simply press the UNLOCK button on the remote, which is confirmed by the buzzer sounding twice. The engine can then be started as normal.
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Q2: Why do I need Y-COP when my boat already has an ignition key?
Unfortunately your ignition lock only provides a fairly basic level of security. Ignition locks can be hot-wired, forced or even removed or replaced and if done correctly the boat can be driven away as normal. The Y-COP system actually immobilises the engine’s “brain” by telling the ECM (Engine Control Module) to lock the engine’s ignition system and prevent it from running
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Q3: Y-COP won’t stop my outboard being stolen off the transom though, will it?
Yamaha 30-100hp engines are relatively light in weight, meaning that it would be possible to remove them from a transom and carry them to a vehicle even where the boat and trailer are secured. However once the Y-COP immobiliser is operated and the engine is electronically locked it will not run correctly even if the engine is removed from the boat and fitted to another craft, or where it is connected to a new remote control box or ignition key switch. This means Y-COP engines are not attractive to thieves, who will surely turn their attentions elsewhere. A warning label is supplied with the engine to affix to the boat, whilst the Y-COP outboard has decals on it advising that the engine is fitted with the system.
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Q4: Why can’t I get Y-COP on my new 200hp outboard engine?
Currently the Y-COP system is only available for new 2010 model Yamaha outboards from 30hp-100hp. These engines are normally fitted to boats and RIBs from about 4 metres to 6 metres in length. This size of craft is unfortunately the easiest target for thieves as the boats are often left on trailers, or hung from davits or on boarding platforms making them accessible and vulnerable.
As Y-COP immobilises the engine’s ECM it is only possible to fit Y-COP to outboards which have an ECM. The ECM’s main function is to control the Electronic Fuel Injection and other engine systems so you will not find an ECM on non EFI engines of 25hp or below, which means Y-COP is not available on these engines.
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Q5: Could I fit Y-COP to my three year old F40 outboard?
In theory you could fit Y-COP to an older Yamaha outboard as long as it was fuel injected, however your three year old F40 will have carburettors and not an EFI system, so will not use the same type of ECM. In any case there are so many complicated electrical parts that you would need to change on an old engine, that it would not be worth trying to retro fit the Y-COP system to a pre-2010 model.
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Q6: What happens if I loose my Remote Immobiliser?
Your new Y-COP engine comes with two remote control immobilisers from new. If you loose one of your remote immobilisers then your local Yamaha marine dealer can arrange to supply a new remote control immobiliser and can copy the signal from your other unit to give you a replacement control unit. If you happen to loose both your remote controls than you would need to contact Yamaha UK, who for security reasons are the only people in the UK who have the facility to reprogram the complete system.
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Q7: I want to take my second remote control out with me on the boat so I won’t have a spare at home, so is that a risk?
In fact we would recommend you take both your remote control units with you when you are on your boat. One remote should be with the skipper at all times and one is stowed safely aboard in the same way that we recommend you always keep a spare ignition cut-out lanyard on board. If you still want back up spare Y-COP remote controls back at home then you can programme up to three additional remote control units if you wish, giving you up to 5 remotes in total. Your dealer can arrange to order the extra remotes for you and program them for you.
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Q8: What would happen if someone presses the Y-COP lock button whist we are on the move?
No worries over this possible scenario as the Y-COP system is completely disabled while the engine is running and pressing any buttons on the remote control will have no effect on the engine performance.
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Q9: What happens if I forget that I have the Y-COP switched on and I try to drive the boat?
If you do switch on the ignition and try to start the boat but still have the Y-COP system immobilising the engine then the outboard will simply not start, although it will crank over and a single buzzer will sound. You will also notice that your Tachometer shows “¬-“ if you have the boat switch on but the immobiliser activated. When you press your remote control to unlock the engine a buzzer sounds twice and the Tachometer shows “0”.
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Q10: Is there any chance Y-COP could fail or go wrong?
In essence the Y-COP system is fairly simple and there are no moving parts to corrode or fail. If for some reason there was a fault then the system could be disconnected and the engine would revert to a Fail-Safe mode allowing the engine to run but only up to a maximum level of 2500rpm, enough to keep you out of trouble.
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Q11: Do I have to make modifications to my boat to have Y-COP fitted?
The only additional part that needs to be fitted to your boat is the Y-COP remote Security Box antenna/buzzer unit which can be located almost anywhere on your boat. This unit simply plugs into the LAN wiring system at one of the local hubs and your dealer will be happy to advise and assist on the best location for you and your boat. No modifications are usually required.
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Q12: Could the remote Security Box antenna and buzzer be removed by a thief?
If a thieve decides to remove the Security Box from the boat all he will do is disable the remote control system and as long as the engine has been immobilised the removal of the antenna box will have no effect, meaning the engine can not be started. If a thief did ever manage to disable the complete system then the engine would still only function in Fail-Safe mode.
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Q13: Is the new system waterproof?
The Y-COP system has the same high level of waterproofing as your new Yamaha outboard engine and it should be remembered that the RNLI amongst others choose Yamaha outboards for many of their craft, including the new Atlantic 85 high speed RIBs, because of their reliability and quality. The remote control units use the same proven waterproof casings as the remote controls used on our WaveRunner personal watercraft which have been around for many years.
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Q14: Will the new Y-COP system take long to fit?
Fitting the system and Security Box could not be easier and should make little or no difference to the rigging time for fitting a new outboard engine.
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Q15: Do I have to fit and use the Y-COP system on my new 50hp outboard if I choose not to?
Your new F30-F100 outboard will need to have its Y-COP system activated from new by your dealer. Once this is done the engine will be permanently Y-COP protected. However if for some reason you decide you do not want to use Y-COP then inform your dealer that you do not wish the Y-COP system to be activated and the engine will remain in standard mode and the Security Box antenna will not be required. The system is so simple and effective though, that we do recommend you use it to protect your new engine.
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Q16: Is Y-COP available on tiller control engines as well as remote control ones?
There are four standard tiller models available in the 30-100hp range; the F30BEHD and the F30BEHT models plus their 40hp equivalents the F40FEHD and F40FETL. These engines have a slightly different wiring system as they do not use the LAN system and the Security Box cables connect directly to the engine rather than the LAN hub, however the system works in the same way. For other outboards in the range where a tiller arm is fitted to a remote engine then the system can still be connected.
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Q17: Will my insurance company recognise Y-COP as a benefit?
The Y-COP system is still quite new however there is already interest from insurance companies in the systems benefits. You should mention that you have a Y-COP protected engine fitted when you insure your boat.
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Q18: What does Y-COP stand for?
Quite simply Y-COP is Yamaha Customer Outboard Protection System. It says all you need to know.
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