For the last couple of years Yanmar engineers and those at ZF have been working
hard to mate ZF’s tried-and-proven Zeus pod drive and joystick system to Yanmar’s
diesel engines from 380-hp to 500-hp. In November Yanmar began shipping their diesels
with Zeus pod drives. This is good news for boat buyers because it means they can now have the lightweight, low profile and cost advantages of Yanmar diesel power
and a pod drive/joystick system, too. Our head-to-head testing of boats has repeatedly
shown that at best cruise speeds diesel-powered boats are 20% to 49% more fuel efficient
when they employ pod drives vs. conventional inboard drives.
See Capt. Rob’s video --
Research tested Yanmar engines.