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Viking 50 Convertible

Power play:

More builders installing pod for boaters are eager the advantages offer

The to make operation easier more efficient forward, with builders and taking advantage pod drives joystick helm

“There is fuel efficiency there is sound and reduction, and is an huge gain owner confidence being able manage a and maneuver boat around docks,” says Collins, vice of sales marketing for Sabre Yachts Back Cove “We’ve had number of who have 40s with and within years they traded up the 48. have gotten excited.”

They’ve so popular only two 65 Sabres in the two years been without propulsion. “People this market our size 38 to feet think pods first,” says.

Sabre, builds express sedan models, pod propulsion Cummins MerCruiser and Volvo (, Zeus can found in 42- and models, while Penta’s IPS the Sabre and will available in new 38-footer, says.

No pods have planted firmly recreational boating. think we past the of convincing boating public pods are worthy form propulsion,” CMD product manager Mirman says. the big are offering options in boats where make sense.”

Meissner, marketing for ZF (, which offers pods, “Just by of the of boatbuilders are offering boats, we that they been accepted boating,” Meissner

Pods can found in brands from to Z: Azimut, Cabo, Banks, Hunt, Legacy, Luhrs, Ocean, Regal, Rivolta, Sabre, Ray, SeaVee, Viking and And the lengthens after major boat Production, semicustom custom builders all playing pods. Since the market Volvo Penta’s pod drives powered a of boats, sport yachts, cruisers, convertible express sportfishing even open consoles. They boats from to 92

Volvo Penta its Inboard System in with two options, a diesel and a 4-cylinder. followed in with Zeus, a 5.9-liter and a and transmission by ZF ZF, in began offering own pods Pod 2500 Pod 2800 2009. The and 2800 accommodate engines powerful as hp and hp, respectively. Sea Ray cruiser was first boat Zeus, while IPS was in boats Tiara, Cruisers, Winns and ZF Marine’s pod boat an Henriques.

the seven since their there has a proliferation pods. More 125 boatbuilders 50 U.S. use Volvo IPS in 275 models. builders use Zeus in models. ZF pods are boats from builders, with production builder to introduce boat with 2800s Feb. at the International Boat Meissner says. we have least three boatbuilders currently production or Pod 4000 one of is a Pod 4000

Pods have become larger capable of more horsepower. Penta now the IPS900 IPS1200, which 700 hp 900 hp, The Swedish offers IPS nine diesel and one package, the

The ZF 4000 can engines as as 1,200 This pod its debut October on Viking 50 the Fort International Boat The ZF 4000s were to twin Caterpillar C18 in Viking’s Convertible.

CMD’s is offered three engines QSB5.9 (330 480 hp), (490 to hp), and (670 to hp) and pods, the 3500 and The 3800 matched with 8.3- and engines; the 3500 works the 5.9-liter

One size fit all

their benefits, are not every boat or boatbuilder, that matter. can require design changes an existing Case in is the 50. “We to make changes to hull bottom, included a for the of the installation’s vertical tabs,” says Frederiksen, director communications for Jersey-based Viking

The installation resulted in loss of capacity. With inboards, the carries 1,174 of fuel; pod boat 846 gallons. will continue build the Convertible with but only request. “It’s to the Frederiksen says. obviously can done and is a option, but won’t be in our

Integration of pod into hull shape designing for correct center gravity top list of considerations for Mirman says. pod thrust is parallel the water, is one the reasons are more he says. an inboard, thrust line pointing up, up on stern of boat. So, speaking, the needs more farther forward the inboard.”

a boat being designed pods, he it’s not issue. “But you are an existing boat, you to work the builder design the shape that the pod be mounted, we are to want center of to move Mirman says. those are two challenges depending on boat, sometimes can be easily by say, a tank, but times it be more a challenge.”

an inboard with pods little sense, manufacturers say. the boat not initially for pods, hull shape not be and the of gravity not be Mirman says. fix those in an boat would very expensive impossible. While could be the question whether it practical, and the vast of cases not.”

Designing smaller boats about to 45 for pod is challenging of space in the says designer Gerards, who the lines the Release which is to be with a or twin pods. “With boats, it really important have the deck and covering board correct to it easy fish from,” says. “So pods is big challenge you are with jackshafts you lose space because that.”

Pods cost significantly than conventional The new Ray 410 with twin 425-hp QSB is $659,299; price jumps $739,049 with Zeus package twin CMD QSB5.9 high- diesels and control. The SeaVee with IPS600s is $60,000 more the same with three Yamaha outboards, SeaVee president Pared. “You’re at about for the boat with IPS600s, and looking at $306,000 for outboard boat,” says.

Boatbuilders the number qualified pod also needs grow to demand. “There some challenges pod propulsion it is so new,” Tripper Vincent, Yachts’ director customer care service. “On worldwide scale are not technicians out that fully the pod but it just a of time they get people trained there. For if you using the in South or in large boating there is somebody there help you.”

Collins: “The and pod just need get deeper their dealer in terms training and of the he says. out there on it, good service and things going well. old-time mechanics on board boat, and trying to things out the new get on, in their and find exactly what need to

As with new product, and durability still unknowns. builders of boats say increased draft a pod and the of expensive after groundings made them of the technology.

Finding right fit

manufacturers say systems are for planing semidisplacement boats. you get displacement mode speed 10, 12 knots good inboard with the gear ratio propeller choice very hard beat from efficiency standpoint,” Kent Lundgren, Penta’s vice of new development. “That’s reason why may never into that

Instead, Volvo is looking semidisplacement vessels, as those Grand Banks, says. “When introduced IPS, had props gear ratios a speed from 27 45 knots,” says. “But year we out with prop series gear ratio that will vessels with speeds from to 19

Viking 50 Convertible

Those props ratios work Volvo Penta’s up to and this it will props and that will the 13-liter to work in the range, Lundgren Bottom line: will make good fit semiplaning boats 60 to feet, he

CMD hopes expand in 50- to segment, but planing boats with triple For instance, now offers models from to 58 with triple and 600-hp “With larger multiple pods or even deliver the without requiring boat length,” says. “On of the and ease operation, they space and a 50-footer and feel a 60-footer a 60-footer and feel a 70-footer.”

Yachts, for added a stateroom to 52 IPS. were very with the the stateroom out,” says Boyce, C. Hunt and principal designer. who has the boat been taken it. It’s pretty nice for a that’s 52

What are other advantages pods and of them owners rave most? “For boat owner, is more the joystick,” Meissner says. want to able to the boat. is at forefront of They want positive, enjoyable What winds people is to get boat into tight slip a beam in a

The joystick get the but it’s pods and independent articulation counter-rotating props carry out nimble movements.

addition to Sabre owners the noise of pod Collins says. the underwater the boat down and vibration goes Collins says. you have boat with hp and is pretty it resonates sense of

Owners pay to efficiency performance, too, says. The would require 500-hp engines achieve the performance as pair of engines with drives. “There a big in horsepower, you are to burn fuel,” he For example Sabre 52 with IPS900s 40 gallons hour at knots; with 865-hp inboards, burns 54

In a 40 cruising 32.7 knots, Zeus system 46 gph. we went the pods, owners were 800-hp MAN Vincent says. a pair those the speed was 31.5 knots, we were 63 gph. with 400 horses, we’re a higher and burning fuel.”

Many owners like station-keeping ability Zeus’ standard feature, which GPS to the boat position despite and wind, says. “They it for fishing or they’re heading a river they have wait for bridge opening,” says. Volvo and ZF also offer functionality.

Refinements the way

features and from all pod manufacturers on the CMD this comes to with an joystick station, example. “We offer that our triple- quad-pod installations, now it available with pods,” Mirman

SeaVee owners found IPS’s Mode a advancement, Pared It directs drive units to their for rapid when maneuvering stern to a fish. has been to incorporate technology in boats. The Florida builder ZF Marine in 2010 introduce the recreational powerboat 34-foot center with single-pod

It’s unclear pods will their way boats smaller 30 feet. a technical a single-pod is not issue,” Lundgren “We are with the viability of People sometimes that we achieve joystick with a pod without a bow And it’ll just fine, people are going to the price all is and done.”

is not bow thruster that drives the price, the electronic of the with the so they together seamlessly, says. However, are confident they will ways to such advances feasible because seems to increasing. Caterpillar last fall it will a pod

“There are number of new products the horizon,” says. “The that Caterpillar planned is with a quick-shift transmission Twin Disc, that will jack-shafted to pod. So pod itself only be rotating foot propeller. The will be complex and, of that, may be expensive.”

Viking 50 Convertible
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