Thrustmaster’s outboard drive azimuthing thrusters use fixed pitch propellers driven by a hydraulic motor installed in the pod housing of the thruster. The thruster’s outboard stem is attached to the diesel-hydraulic power unit on a deck mounted, integral full-skid with all accessories and interconnections assembled as an integrated modular unit.
The unit is a totally sealed, self-contained unit with convenient means provided for checking, draining and filling of lubricants. Routine servicing of the outboard drive does not require disassembly of the unit. The thruster is completely marinized and suitable for marine service. The variable speed hydraulic motor provides pinpoint precision in thrust control with unlimited 360° steering range.
Each thruster unit has a bi-directional, variable speed hydraulic motor directly driving the propeller shaft. The hydraulic motor is installed inside the lower outdrive housing. The propeller shaft is supported by large, oil-lubricated taper roller bearings. Propeller speed can be infinitely controlled without the need to change the engine RPM, providing excellent maneuverability and performance superior to a controllable pitch propellers.