Caterpillar Marine Launches Three60 POD 650 Maneuvering

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Caterpillar is pleased to introduce the new Cat® Three60 Pod 650 integrated marine maneuvering system designed to be installed and coupled with Cat C8.7 E-Rated Marine Propulsion high-performance diesel engines.

The Cat Three60 Pod 650 provides unmatched response and performance for full control and maneuvering of yachts in three operational modes:  Leverhead Mode, Joystick Mode and Three60 Hold Mode.  During conventional operation, Leverhead Mode controls the engine rpm and pod transmission direction using lever control heads while the steering helm controls the pod vectoring directionally maneuvering the yacht.

Joystick Mode allows the operator to maneuver the yacht during docking or slow speed operation by controlling engine rpm, transmission direction and pod vectoring angles using intuitive fingertip movements of the joystick.

Finally, Three60 Hold Mode works in conjunction with a GPS antenna to maintain yacht position and heading without operator input.  “This is a great feature for Captains and/or owners who want to hold yacht position and heading without dropping an anchor or constantly maneuvering the yacht manually,” said Bruce Strupp, engineering manager for Caterpillar Marine.

“The Three60 Pod 650 maneuvering system is remarkably easy to learn,” said Strupp. “It’s as simple as a push, twist and go.  The Three60 Pod 650 simultaneously actuates and controls engines, transmissions and pod thrust vectors with intuitive, easy fingertip movements.  It instantaneously controls all aspects of vessel direction and speed while allowing for smooth shifting from forward to reverse with no noise or vibration due to integrated Twin Disc QuickShift® technology.  The QuickShift® technology also allows for superior slow-speed yacht speed control down to 50 propeller RPM, enabling superior performance when navigating through tight, crowded waters,” states Strupp.

“From an owning and operation standpoint, the Three60 Pod 650 oil can be changed while the yacht is still in the water, saving our customers time and making oil changes less costly,” said Strupp.  “The electrical and controls system is also very configurable.  We can offer a system configuration with a minimum of one or maximum of three helm stations and a minimum of one or maximum of six joystick stations.”

The Cat Three60 Pod 650 for C8.7 powered yachts makes docking and maneuvering easy.  The system is now available to purchase through the global Cat® Dealer Network. To learn more and meet the experts, stop by exhibit #1213 and #1214 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 1 – 5.

About Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, groups all the marketing and service activities for Cat and MaK™ marine diesel, dual fuel and gas power and propulsion systems within Caterpillar Inc. The organization provides premier power solutions in the medium- and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,800 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 16,100  kWe in marine generator sets as well as a comprehensive portfolio of propulsion solutions. The sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations world-wide dedicated to support customers in ocean-going, commercial marine and pleasure craft wherever they are.

About Caterpillar

For over 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent.  Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.5 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.  The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.  For more information, visit  To connect with us on social media, visit

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