Premier Marine, a leading manufacturer of recreational pontoon boats, partnered up with Tangent to design and develop the Pinnacle Helm, Premier’s top of the line marine helm.
Beginning with a rigorous 2D process, Tangent produced multiple concepts and refinements before choosing a 2D theme that represented the client’s vision for a top-tier helm. Tangent worked to incorporate numerous automotive style features into the helm’s design, including a 12-inch Simrad display, wireless charging, and leather wrapped storage spaces with LED accent lighting. Additional helm features included a cooled cup holder and billet accents that highlight the helm’s premium feel.
After creating 2D sketches, Tangent began modeling the helm in Alias, a 3D CAD software, that allows Tangent to build production ready parts for clients and their suppliers. Throughout the 3D process, Tangent made sure to utilize our in-house VR software, which allowed us to make ergonomic adjustments to the helm’s many user-friendly features, as well as ensure the placement of the binnacle and steering wheel would be ideal for users of any height.
Tangent was tasked with modeling numerous parts, including the helm’s base fiberglass structure, which needed to be strong enough to support the helm’s numerous features, as well as front mounted seating and storage. Additional parts included the helm top, and brow, both to be wrapped in leather, multiple lockable side storage compartments as well as a silver thermoform bezel highlighting the helm’s industry leading 12” Simrad display.
Tangent took these myriads of parts from sketch to reality, ensuring that fit and finish were of paramount importance. By working closely with suppliers and part manufactures, each 3D part was shipped in a production ready state, ensuring that when the helm came together, each part would fit with minimal effort and the highest tolerance.