ZF’s Marine Technology Showcased

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ZF Marine is finding local boat manufacturers for commercial and pleasure craft are more and more choosing ZF components and systems.


Numerous new Australian and New Zealand vessels have recently hit the waterways fitted with ZF’s range of marine propulsion systems, featuring a wide selection of leading technology available for pleasure crafts and yachts, as well commercial and fast vessels.

Containing diverse products such as transmission, propellers, thrusters, steering systems and electronic control systems, ZF’s product line up receives constant development. 

Leading the way for local manufacturers in choosing ZF products are industry stalwarts such as Maritimo and Riviera. A highlight has included the recent launch of a Custom Sport Fishing M59 motor yacht from Maritimo.

Highly personalised by the Maritimo One customisation division, the vessel features a modified flybridge design, as well as significantly larger fuel reserves and adapted water tanks. The bespoke M59 includes a pair of ZF 500-1A transmissions, a lightweight and robust aluminium design ideal for high-performance applications. 

Also, the craft is fitted with ZF’s Joystick Manoeuvring System, which gives operators the ability to move the vessel sideways, rotate 360 degrees on its axis, or hold vessel position accounting for current and wind. 

Using ZF’s iAnchor function as the base platform, ZF’s new ZF iDrift technology offers users the ability to control drift speed and direction when a vessel is in windy conditions, or even in combination with a strong current, all while maintaining the bow’s heading.

Completing the set on the M59, is ZF’s integration with the Sidepower S-link bow and stern thrusters, which are proportionally hydraulic controlled to provide total manoeuvrability.

This allows full control while incorporating the traditional shaft lines for surge manoeuvring, and both the shaft lines and a combination of thruster input for sway commands. 

Another highlight is Riviera’s 50 Sports Motor Yacht, which continues to cement the reputation of the Gold Coast manufacturer. The release closely follows the design and styling cues of its sisterships, the 72, 68 and 64. Mated to a selection of power plants are ZF’s 370 V remote mount marine transmissions, which are perfect for applications that utilise very large variations in engine speed and power.

The recently relaunched and repowered Formula, Xcuse, has also been fitted with ZF’s JMS control system, including ZF iAnchor and iDrift.


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