Originally Posted by Aidan
I think, They are based on teh same idea as Volvos new drive. I think its called the IPS drive. Itis based on the idea of the screw getting water that has not passed over back of gear box and thus is more efficient.
It pulls the boat in direction pointed. I suppose you have indepenent Port and Starboard for manouverability.
Yes they are a slightly large version of the volvo's.
On the volvo stand at southampton boat show they had a simulator of this system it looked great. I had a play with it.
You get a wheel and throtle sticks for normal driving and then when it comes to berthing etc you then use a joystick to move the boat in any direction and twist it to make the boat turn in any direction on the spot. You can also make it turn while moving sideways, forwards or backwards etc to counteract tide etc. was a piece of cake to get used to and use. Speaking to people who have used the real thing the simulator is just like it. Very impressive.