Cummins Mercruiser Diesel Zeus

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Driver’s control: digital throttles (left), SmartCraft displays (two screens shown centre); and joystick control.

Zeus vs IPS: Absolutely no contest IPS, Zeus does not have a low/high

here. Mercury’s SmartCraft and DTS power option, just a large degree of

represent a signi cant step forward in proportional control, which seems to

boat monitoring and control systems cover all the bases. We both felt that

for mainstream powerboats. Every the far larger physical size of the Zeus

aspect was very easy to use and highly joystick was an advantage, but that’s

informative. And whereas Volvo will personal preference. Mercury’s set-up

charge you a considerable sum simply seemed more logical to us. So long as

to display the fuel consumption data the throttles are in neutral, Mercury’s

(that’s already lurking in their ECU) on joystick is active there are no engage

their tiny LCD screens, CMD freely buttons to ddle with.

bundle their complete SmartCraft and Like IPS, Zeus is very easy to

DTS throttle system with Zeus. manoeuvre astern because of its

excellent directional stability and

LOW-SPEED CONTROL steerage response going astern both

All those fancy manoeuvres that are better than shaftdrive and

Mercruiser demonstrate on their DVD sterndrive. Like IPS, Zeus can also be

and their website driving directly driven like a shaftdrive boat, using the

sideways and so on were almost too throttles with the steering centred,

Main photo: Sealine SC47 handled

superbly. Above: aft-facing props on

Southampton Water. It was blowing systems manoeuvre well with just one

Never mind normal cruising; in monitoring and control system.

heavy weather this can be a godsend Buttons on the control panel allow you

There was no

engine (useful if the other fails) and

both require minimal rudder correction

when you’re trying to use the wheel to quickly page through reams of

manoeuvre that

running along on one engine. Neither

and the throttles to power your boat useful information. For instance, you joystick was compulsory both

around the worst lumps and bumps. can routinely check on the health of Zeus found dif cult. systems can be adeptly manoeuvred

Often, when you hit a big wave, your your engines by pasting all the crucial

unsupported throttle hand bounces engine temperature and pressure data

Still, we didn’t try

like a sterndrive boat.

Zeus vs IPS: Both systems offer

down on the two throttles, giving you a on the screen, in easily read side-by-

summersaults


astonishing low-speed manoeuvrability

power surge when you need it least. side form too, not illogically scattered and control, tremendous exibility in

This way, you can rest your hand on opposite sides of the dash. Force 3 and there was about a two- the various ways they can be

alongside the throttles, and control the SmartCraft can display real-time knot tide running. Lester then manoeuvred, and both systems feel

single throttle with thumb and fuel consumption and fuel remaining, described an almost perfect 360 powerful enough to cope with most

fore nger. and if SmartCraft is linked with GPS pirouette around the buoy, with the situations. However, Zeus also has its

Other DTS niceties include two and navigational data, ETA and bow of the Sundancer 395 remaining a handy neutral lights, an adjustable idle,

handy bright red neutral lights, a troll distance to run too. There’s a readout xed 2m away. That was ve minutes a trolling mode, its dock mode, and its

mode (useful for shing) plus a dock that shows where the trim tabs are, after taking the controls. Given a little geostationary positioning Skyhook

mode, which increases the throw of the and masses of other useful data. The practice, there was no manoeuvre, or (see Goodies below). When it comes to

throttle levers for the same revs, for important things are that the big complex combinations of what are the details, Zeus is a long way ahead.

greater subtlety. The joystick probably screen is extremely clear in daylight, ordinarily separate manoeuvres, that

makes this last delicacy super uous, the information is always beautifully Zeus seemed to nd dif cult. Still, we HIGH-SPEED HANDLING AND

but at least it’s an option. presented and easy to absorb, and the didn’t try summersaults. DYNAMICS

Mercury’s SmartCraft display is at system is very intuitive few owners Both of us found Zeus remarkably Of the two Zeus boats we drove, the

the heart of Zeus’s hugely informative will have to resort to the manual. intuitive and quick to adapt to. Unlike Sealine SC47 produced the most

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