ZF Marine introduced two transmissions designed for watersports boats — the 481V and 681V — this week at Surf Expo in Orlando, Fla.
The company said the new transmissions were created to meet the increasing power ratings and heavy loads of today’s watersports boats.
ZF Marine said the evolution of watersports from water skiing to wakeboarding, and now wakesurfing, has significantly increased the demands on today’s propulsion systems. Today’s enthusiasts are looking for the largest wake possible to enjoy wake-based pastimes.
The company said watersports boat manufacturers have answered the demand by providing sophisticated systems that load the boats with literally tons of water, as well as other wake-generating technology — all to increase the size and quality of the wake generated for watersports enthusiasts.
The performance requirements to move boats with 10,000 pounds of ballast have demanded higher-horsepower engines that produce driveline loads previously never seen.
“Watersports is continually evolving as enthusiasts push for bigger, cleaner wake generation,” Keith Stanley, pleasure craft line manager for ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC, said in a statement. “The boats we see in the marketplace today have completely different performance requirements, compared to boats manufactured a few short years ago.”
ZF said it recognized the need for a more robust solution to meet the demands of these extreme applications. Taking two existing products that have served the watersports market, ZF Marine engineers went back to the drawing board and re-evaluated how the products could be improved to meet the new demands of the market.
“The 48IV and 68IV transmissions are the result of working with key OEMs, industry professionals and athletes to build the best product possible for watersports customers,“ Stanley said.