The new ZF Pod-drive is a most efficient propulsion system, ideal for medium-sized pleasure craft of 30 to 48 feet overall length, powered by engines up to 450 hp. The increased propulsive efficiency, compared to traditional shaft-line systems, can be as high as 15%, allowing the installation of engines with significantly lower power, for the same boat speed. This saving in installed horse power translates into improved fuel economy, weight reduction, environmental footprint reduction and both initial and through-life cost reduction. The system consists of a transmission unit, a control system and a propeller unit with counter-rotating propellers. The new ZF Pod-Drive will be available from April 2009.