Hydraulic L-Drive thrusters are thru-hull azimuth thrusters using Thrustmaster’s exclusive hydraulic podded propeller drives. They are available in a range from 75hp (55kW) to 3,000hp (2250kW) with either open propeller or with nozzle. The hydraulic power system is normally supplied by Thrustmaster and may be configured for our hydraulic pump driven by a customer furnished diesel engine, which may be placed at any convenient location in the vessel. Hydraulic piping or hoses connect between the hydraulic pump and the thruster.
The hydraulic drive provides fully proportional propeller speed control and is very forgiving when hitting obstacles in brown water applications.