Isn't automation great or what!? The first use of a joy stick I saw was in Miami about 16 yrs ago using GPS to hold the boat on a coordinate while fishing. It worked and now just about everyone with a GPS on their cell phone uses it. So the larger complaint is that he stepped off - - he told you someone else was on the helm. People do it all the time from lil put puts to sailboats and tugs. I try to not leave it in gear and wished I had a system like that. Not that we back into slips - cuz we can't - we're too broad in beam (11m) Thousands of boat owners can't dock their boat - so they should get a travel trailer instead? Oh no, not that - the highways are crowded enough without more of them. Just saw a Ford advert that takes the guess work and skills from the driver putting the vehicle in reverse while backing down onto a boat ramp.