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ZF Marine Introduces iDrift
ZF Marine introduced its iDrift technology aboard a Viking 48C at the Miami International Boat Show. iDrift allows controlled drift for fishing. It works by interfacing with ZF Marine’s Joystick Maneuvering System and iAnchor station-keeping software, letting helmsmen maintain a compass heading while controlling the speed and direction of the yacht’s drift.“This new feature will allow captains to control drift at the touch of a button, giving them much more control of their lines in the water, and how they fish that special spot,” Keith Stanley, ZF Marine’s North American pleasure craft product line manager, stated in a press release. Modes of use: Helmsmen can choose their own parameters or use one of four predetermined modes: Free Drift holds the compass heading at the speed of the current; Surge Controlled Drift holds the compass heading and engages the main engines to push against the current; Sway Controlled Drift pushes against wind and cross currents to travel at the speed of the current; and Controlled Surge and Sway Drift maintains compass heading, controls directional forces and slows the speed of the vessel’s drift relative to the current.