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A More Efficient Pod Drive

ABB, the Swiss power company, is launching a new Azipod drive unit that it says can be 10 percent more fuel-efficient. Built, for now, for commercial shipping, the new pod improves efficiency by introducing a nozzle with plates that direct water flow from the propeller to reduce turbulence and create thrust. ABB says the system is 20 percent more efficient than shaft drives, and 10 percent more efficient that its existing pods. ABB has tested the new pods in labs and says they provide a higher pull thrust at lower speeds. In addition, their 360-degree maneuverability and fuel efficiency make…

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Weego: Very Cool New Battery Charger

Do you worry about a dead battery? Who doesn’t. But here’s an answer: The very cool Weego Jump Starter 44, a new and improved portable battery charger that’s safe, reliable, user-friendly and comes with a sense of humor. The Weego has enough power to start gas engines up to 6.4 liters and diesel engines up to 3.2 liters. It also provides 12-volt power for accessories (portable marine electronics, compressors, whatever) through a dedicated 12-volt port. It’s safe, with overheat protection, power surge protection, and even protection against salt-water spray. And it can be recycled up to 1,000 times. But it’s…

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Why You Should Be Worried About Diesel Fuel

New emission standards plus inconsistent diesel supplies plus changes in high pressure injection technology all spell potential problems. Here, Nigel Calder says why you should be concerned. http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/gear/reasons-to-be-paranoid-about-diesel-34807

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Volvo’s New Engines, IPS Drives and Joysticks for Cruising Boats

Volvo Penta has good news for cruising powerboat owners. It just introduced a new D8 diesel engine for boats in the 45- to 55-foot range, larger IPS pod drives for that engine, and new joystick controls for traditional shaft drives, all under the company’s theme of “Easy Boating.” The new D8 diesel is designed for both IPS and inboard shaft drives, giving cruising powerboat owners a broader selection of power systems. The D8 is an eight-liter, six-cylinder, inline diesel; it’s new to the recreational boating market, although it’s been used in Volvo trucks and buses for the past three years.…

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