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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.

Meaning


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.

Context


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.

Conclusion


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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