Pacific Expedition Offers Zeus Pod Drives for PE60 Catamaran

By Tom Tripp
BoaterMouth
Pacific Expedition Yachts PE60 Expedition Power Catamaran

Pacific Expedition Yachts PE60 Expedition Power Catamaran

Pacific Expedition Yachts will offer Cummins Mercruiser Diesel Zeus pod drives on its PE60 Expedition Class Power Catamaran. The first hull with Zeus drives is already under construction at Pacific Expedition’s Astoria, Oregon shipyard, with delivery expected later this year.

Here’s how Pacific Expedition describes the decision to offer the Zeus drives:

The PE60, equipped with twin Zeus 3000 series pods coupled to QSC8.3-liter 600-hp engines, uses the intuitive joystick for docking and other slow-speed maneuvers, fundamentally changing the ability to control the large power catamaran with safety and confidence in the most challenging conditions. From offshore running to slow speed docking in crowded marinas, the Zeus system provides tremendous confidence and control to the owners of these large luxury yachts. It all but eliminates the fear and potential for damage that often accompanies operating a yacht with conventional inboard engines in tight quarters. The system also offers unmatched speed and economy in a vessel of its size.

CMD is “very happy to have partnered with a leading innovator in the emerging expedition power catamaran market,” said Richard Newman, CMD’s director of sales. “The Zeus system is a great match for the PE60. We believe this combination will be a game-changer in this category.”

“We are excited to work with Cummins MerCruiser Diesel in offering this kind of revolutionary technology to our clients on what we feel is one of the most exciting boating platforms to come along in some time,” said Patrick Meyer, partner with Pacific Expedition Yachts. “At over 60 feet long and 25 feet wide, a PE60 cuts an intimidating path. However, the Zeus system from CMD offers a new level of sophistication and control to our expedition power catamarans. This results in very comfortable and safe operation of our large yachts with little stress or anxiety by the owners,” he added.

Meyer told OceanLines he believes shaft drives are still a valid option for the PE cats because of the inherent maneuverability of a twin-engine boat with such wide spacing between the engines. Although PE did not disclose the price of the Zeus option, it’s safe to assume that the Zeus drives are more expensive than a standard shaft and prop arrangement.

New Model Lineup at PE

Pacific Expedition also recently announced a re-focusing of its model lineup, with the main offerings the PE50 and PE60. When the company first started, it was offering a 45, 55 and 65. The customer feedback has been such that the most demand was for a PE50 and a PE60. A smaller “Coastal Expedition” (CE) 47 is also offered for those who don’t need the room or extreme range of the PE series.

The current PE60 was derived from the original PE55 as a result of customer interest in having more space available aft of the salon bulkhead. The PE50, however, was a fresh design that took the basic beam and layout of the PE60 and put it into a smaller form. PE said it didn’t want to stretch the original PE45, because it was designed with a beam a couple of feet narrower than the new PE50 and PE60.

You can download the specs for the PE50 here.

And you can download the specs for the PE60 here.

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Tom Tripp
Tom is the publisher of www.OceanLines.biz, a website about passagemaking boats and information. He is also a contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine who has been at sea aboard everything from a 17-foot homemade wooden fishing boat to a 1,000-foot-long, 96,000-ton, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
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