Thrustmaster has been building podded hydraulic drives for
more than twenty years. They are available from 35 to 2,000
HP either with open propeller or with nozzle. They are
available in steel or aluminum, depending on vessel hull material.
They can be welded or bolted to the hull.
Fixed podded drives replace conventional shaft lines and stern
tubes. The engine can be placed at any convenient location
(even on deck) as long as hydraulic piping or hoses connects
between the engine driven hydraulic pump and the pod motor ports
are available. Multiple pods can be powered by a single
engine and thrustmaster can offer engineering services directly
to the customer to provide a near perfect fit.
The hydrostatic transmission provides fully proportional propeller
speed control in forward and reverse with the engine running
at constant speed much like a generator. The vessel can
be steered by individual control of propeller speeds in a twin
screw configuration, or by installing a rudder behind the podded
Please note that these drawings are for illustration purposes
only. Please contact your Project Manager about details for your
All drawings are typical only and can be adjusted to meet
your application needs. We can vary the propeller size and leg
length to best meet the vessel configuration, user preference
or speed versus thrust requirements.