ZF Marine Mathers 785CE Cruise Command Processor

Electronic control for pleasure boats

ZF Marine’s electronic propulsion control systems are at the leading edge of electronics technology. The products incorporate well-proven hardware and software to ensure reliability, easy operation and maintenance. A wide range of systems means optimum equipment can be chosen to specifically match the type of vessel or propulsion configuration – single engine, multi-engine or multi-station.

ZF has more than fifty years of experience in the design and production of controls systems for all types of pleasure and commercial craft.

ZF offers a large range of innovative and compact control heads with an ergonomic lever shape and a user-friendly display where all functions can be easily selected using soft-touch pushbuttons. Visual indicators help to locate the neutral detent position and LED’s indicate which control head is in command and whether the corresponding transmission is engaged.

SmartCommand is a powerful control system which integrates the latest in CANbus (Controller Area Network) technology in a user-friendly control head. SmartCommand puts you in complete control, offering special features for docking or trolling..

MiniCommand provides control of electronically actuated diesel and gas powered engines and marine transmissions in a robust, compact package.

Designed for pleasure craft and some light duty commercial vessels up to 50 feet in length with a maximum of two control stations.

MiniCommand is a reasonably priced control system containing the features of control systems costing significantly more, making boat handling and docking easy and effortless.

The 9000 Series and CruiseCommand control systems from ZF are reliable and responsive controls systems, with easy installation in all types of boats. These systems can be matched to a vast choice of control heads to ensure ease of use for the captain of the boat.

The 9000 Series and CruiseCommand have been tested to requirements set by survey societies such as ABS and DNV, and meet ABYC standards for performance and functional testing.

The CruiseCommand is an all electronic engine control with LED technology. A plug and play control system, the CruiseCommand processor provides an electronic link integrating your helm mounted engine controls and your engines.
It was developed for vessels with electronically throttled engines and solenoid controlled shifting. Cruise Command systems are preprogrammed at the factory for ease of installation.

Plug-in Installation:

With plug connectors, the CruiseCommand makes installation easier, cutting labor time significantly. Determine cable length, engine and gear requirements and you’re ready to plug in this system. To make it even easier, we’ll provide custom kits to meet specific needs for production builders.

Push Button Set Up: Push button set up makes configuring the parameters for your controls easier than ever before. Simply enter in the parameter code and the processor instantly makes the correct adjustments. Changing configurations at a later time to meet new specifications is just as easy.

Start Interlock:

Our neutral start interlock feature prevents engine start up unless controls are on and in neutral and a station is in command.

Sequencing Technology:

Speed/shift sequence protection allows shifting from full ahead to full astern in one motion while preventing damage to the engine or gear. Designed with safety in mind, this sequencing technology allows you to respond instantly to emergency situations.


Engine synchronization is standard on the CruiseCommand processor. Synchronization automatically maintains the same speed on multiple engines, thereby increasing operating efficiency, improving fuel economy and reducing noise and vibration. One lever operation is available, allowing control of multiple engines and transmissions with one lever.

Multiple Control Stations:

The processor has the capability of supporting multiple control stations, which allows use of an optional handheld control unit, in addition to mounted control heads. The CruiseCommand provides connections for four remote control stations.

Built-in Diagnostic Display:

The processor features a display unit which provides information for set up, system status, or diagnostic purposes.


The processor controls mechanical or electronic trolling valves or ZF Autotroll. This feature controls clutch slippage while maintaining slow engine speed and enhancing fuel economy. A full range of shaft speeds remain available from any station, without additional switches.

Standard Features —

• Fingertip control
• Plug-in connections
• Push button set up
• Built-in diagnostic display
• Easy station transfer
• Station-in-command indicator
• Up to 4 control stations
• Neutral start interlock
• Warm-up mode
• Two idle speeds (high and low)
• Engine synchronization
• One lever operation
• Speed/shift sequence protection
• External alarm interface
• Reduction gear oil pressure interlock
• Self-contained watertight enclosure
• Audible and visual indicators
• Worldwide sales and servicesupport

Optional Features —

• Variety of control head options
• Handheld remote
• Automatic power selector

CruiseCommand, a new plug and play control system, was developed for vessels with electronic engines and solenoid gears, providing fingertip control for applications with electronic throttle and solenoid shift applications.
• Use with up to 4 stations
• Maintenance free watertight box

Weight 45 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 15 in


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