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Pods: Fad or Future?

July 2, 2013
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Spencer Yachts was one of the first to embrace pod-drives, including Volvo Penta’s IPS and ZF Marine’s pod-drive system with Caterpillar engines. It’s the joystick maneuvering system that sells it.
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Pivoting a boat is simply accomplished by twisting a joystick. No thrusters are required, saving more cash.
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Volvo Penta’s IPS drive features patented forward-facing props, which lets them bite into clean water. The props themselves are patented. They don’t cavitate and they don’t ventilate.
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Cabo’s sport-fisher benefits from Cummins Mercruiser Diesel’s Zeus drive.
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ZF’s pod-drive includes a jackshafted transmission, which can mate to any diesel engine the owner prefers. The drive can be simultaneously connected to electric propulsion too.
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A frequently overlooked benefit of IPS is this new stateroom, made possible by the compact power installation.
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