Boat Z-Drive Definition
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The Z-drive can be defined in boating terms as a propulsion unit that can swivel 360 degrees in any direction. These are used mainly in thruster systems for maneuvering a boat in close quarters.
Z-drives are convenient as they are simplistic in design and eliminate the need for a propeller shaft and rudder. They are classified as inboard/outboard systems where the power source is contained inside of the hull.
Although Z-drives can be used as a primary means of propulsion, they are typically employed by tug boats and as bow thrusters for larger yachts.
Boaters that are unfamiliar with this type of propulsion should consult with a professional to determine the pros and cons of employing this method.
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8/11/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.