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Sunday, March 15, 2009

CMD Zeus Pod Drive

Cummins Mercruiser Diesel (a joint venture between Mercury Marine and Cummins Diesel) has developed a remarkable new "Pod" drive system.  Designed to replace traditional inboard boat motors by combining the best features of stern drives and inboards, it is sold as an integrated, computer controlled system.  One of the coolest tricks this propulsion system can pull off is the ability to hold a static position automatically. Deemed "Skyhook" it could be thought of as a virtual anchor allowing a boat to remain in one position despite wind waves and current.  The computer aided controls also feature a joystick for maneuvering in tight quarters such as when docking.  It's possible to move the boat directly sideways for example just by nudging the joystick sideways


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