“I have been working at sea for forty one years and have been a Captain for twenty nine, but I haven’t seen anything like the Azipulls so far. This is the propulsion system of the future.”
Captain Hawkins completed the Rolls-Royce training program on simulators in June. “The day of training was intense and very instructive, but a simulated environment is always going to be missing the third dimension. That’s why training on the water is also so important: you just can’t master machinery like this in a short time. Anyone who is used to an old shaftline propulsion system is going to need some time to get used to a system as innovative as this one.
“The Azipulls have the fantastic feature of being operable both traditionally via the helm and via the new joystick controls. I’m not a Play Station kind of guy, so I have mostly been using the helm, but I have to say that the joystick came in very handy one day when my bow thruster was out of commission. The manoeuvrability in port that you get with this system just can’t be beat.
“I think one of the best features that the Azipull system has offered is in the engine room. The fact that it’s smaller and further aft has freed up some excellent space for the garage and beach platform area.
“In Azipulls you really see how Benetti has come a long way over the years. This is a really innovative system that will only get better, Benetti and Rolls-Royce are showing the way to the future”.