Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD) introduced the world's first quadruple Zeus-powered boat last week at the 50th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
QuadZeus.com is a 60-foot convertible powered by four Cummins MerCruiser 8.3L diesels providing a total of 2,400 horsepower. The one-off, prototype vessel provides joystick control for easy docking, while delivering improved fuel economy, range and maneuverability over traditional inboard/shaft systems. QuadZeus.com also boasts an integrated advanced autopilot system that provides waypoint tracking and auto-heading functionality, and Skyhook, which maintains the vessel's position and heading with the touch of a button.
CMD has been manufacturing twin Zeus pod systems for more than three years, while a triple-Zeus 76-foot Lazzara motor yacht is presently near completion in Florida. QuadZeus.com may be the first quadruple-Zeus installation to be publicly shown, but the company notes that several additional triple and quad Zeus vessels are in development, with five slated to be announced in 2010.
Cummins MerCruiser Diesel is a joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Mercury Marine, offering a broad range of power from 115 to 715 hp for recreational and commercial applications.