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Q-Marine International Ltd announces release of the Next Generation of Q-SPD Surface Drives

This is a complete redesign of the original Q-SPD Systems incorporating the same successful construct as the original SD series plus many refinements in function, form and performance. Q-SPD Surface Drives are the most effective surface drive option on the market, negating the issues that come with trimmable surface drives, the simplicity of the fixed drive has so many advantages: Not having to worry about getting the trim right, over loading the engine, or having hydraulics and more components where the chances of something going wrong are greater.  

The result of this redesign is a fully integrated propulsion solution designed for maximum longevity, that requires the least possible maintenance. Q-SPD’s construction is largely composite, the main housings is moulded from e-glass and carbon-fibre then reinforced in an epoxy matrix, using resin infusion manufacturing techniques, so they are exceptionally lightweight. More than 50% lighter than other brands giving benefits and offer the ability to create more complex and versatile solutions for the customer. The integrated system also now offers a premium Steering package by Hypro Marine on all systems and have custom exhausts options available.

Q-SPD Surface Drives are transom mounted letting you utilise valuable aft real-estate while all housing of vital mechanics and components are inboard away from the harsh marine environment, giving easy accessibility for the minimal routine maintenance and service needs.

Installation is easy with a bolt-in system – length of solution installed is shorter then any other, allowing more waterline, and in-turn more buoyancy. Twin rudder design is standard for more effective and responsive manoeuvrability and propeller protection.

“We are finding that Q-SPD is what the commercial and work boat vessels are choosing to use purely for the reliably and longevity of the Q-SPD System. Q-SPD has proven to endure thousands of hours without significant servicing requirements giving the end user added benefits.” says Leigh Michau, Managing Director Q-Marine International Ltd.

Manufactured using latest technologies in composites and marine friendly materials means they are very light weight and strong, giving a wide range of power for recreational and commercial applications.

The QSD New Generation Series is suited to vessels typically from 8 meters with power options from 180hp to 3600hp, or vessels up to  100 tonnes or more for more information visit www.q-spd.com or email Leigh Michau leigh@q-spd.com

About Q-Marine International Ltd

Q-Marine International Ltd based in Auckland, New Zealand design and manufacture Q-SPD Surface Drive Systems for the International Pleasure and Commercial boat markets. Managing Director Leigh Michau, first developed Q-SPD Surface Drives in 2001.

Q-Marine International Ltd are also importers and distributors of high quality, high performance marine power and propulsion products including Brunton’s Propellers, Revolution Power Lithium Batteries and Python-Drive distributing to the New Zealand market.

For any media or marketing questions please contact Charlotte Clare – charlotte@q-marine.co.nz

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2018 Highlight!

2018 brought some interesting projects in for Q-SPD, the main highlight being the delivery of 3 CMN-DV15 Interceptor patrol vessels built with twin Q-SPD Surface Drives Systems in Abu Dhabi.

The DV15 Interceptors are high performance craft manufactured from advanced composite materials. Powered by twin Caterpillar C12 705-HP engines for a top speed of 52-56 knots (depending on version and payload). The DV15 has become a popular model for governments around the world as high-speed patrol vessels used for sea policing and maritime security. They are based on deep vee planning hull with hard chines.

Q-SPD’s customer wanted a reliable solution which needed to be user-friendly, with easy access to inboard componentry when routine maintenance was required.

Q-SPD Surface Drives are the only fixed drives able to deliver performance across the range as well as being extremely low maintenance and easy to use. The main drive body is e-glass and carbon-fibre composite moulded in one piece making it extremely light weight.

Q-SPD supplied the complete propulsion driveline system along with the full steering package and end to end exhaust systems.

Q-SPD supplied:

  • QSD130 Surface Drives
  • 5 blade propellers
  • Full power steering solution
  • Drive shafts
  • Complete exhaust systems including custom risers & mixers (designed in house)

For technical information please contact Managing Director, Leigh Michau,

email: leigh@q-spd.com

For all media or marketing inquires please contact Charlotte Clare,

email: charlotte@q-marine.co.nz

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Q-Marine International Ltd announces release of the Next Generation of Q-SPD Surface Drives

This is a complete redesign of the original Q-SPD Systems incorporating the same successful construct as the original SD series plus many refinements in function, form and performance. Q-SPD Surface Drives are the most effective surface drive option on the market, negating the issues that come with trimmable surface drives, the simplicity of the fixed drive has so many advantages: Not having to worry about getting the trim right, over loading the engine, or having hydraulics and more components where the chances of something going wrong are greater.  

The result of this redesign is a fully integrated propulsion solution designed for maximum longevity, that requires the least possible maintenance. Q-SPD’s construction is largely composite, the main housings is moulded from e-glass and carbon-fibre then reinforced in an epoxy matrix, using resin infusion manufacturing techniques, so they are exceptionally lightweight. More than 50% lighter than other brands giving benefits and offer the ability to create more complex and versatile solutions for the customer. The integrated system also now offers a premium Steering package by Hypro Marine on all systems and have custom exhausts options available.

Q-SPD Surface Drives are transom mounted letting you utilise valuable aft real-estate while all housing of vital mechanics and components are inboard away from the harsh marine environment, giving easy accessibility for the minimal routine maintenance and service needs.

Installation is easy with a bolt-in system – length of solution installed is shorter then any other, allowing more waterline, and in-turn more buoyancy. Twin rudder design is standard for more effective and responsive manoeuvrability and propeller protection.

“We are finding that Q-SPD is what the commercial and work boat vessels are choosing to use purely for the reliably and longevity of the Q-SPD System. Q-SPD has proven to endure thousands of hours without significant servicing requirements giving the end user added benefits.” says Leigh Michau, Managing Director Q-Marine International Ltd.

Manufactured using latest technologies in composites and marine friendly materials means they are very light weight and strong, giving a wide range of power for recreational and commercial applications.

The QSD New Generation Series is suited to vessels typically from 8 meters with power options from 180hp to 3600hp, or vessels up to  100 tonnes or more for more information visit www.q-spd.com or email Leigh Michau leigh@q-spd.com

About Q-Marine International Ltd

Q-Marine International Ltd based in Auckland, New Zealand design and manufacture Q-SPD Surface Drive Systems for the International Pleasure and Commercial boat markets. Managing Director Leigh Michau, first developed Q-SPD Surface Drives in 2001.

Q-Marine International Ltd are also importers and distributors of high quality, high performance marine power and propulsion products including Brunton’s Propellers, Revolution Power Lithium Batteries and Python-Drive distributing to the New Zealand market.

For any media or marketing questions please
contact Charlotte Clare – charlotte@q-marine.co.nz

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Q-Marine International Ltd Announces New Distributor for United Kingdom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/02/2019

AuckIand, New Zealand – It is our pleasure to announce Hypro Marine Ltd of Hampshire, United Kingdom as a distributor of Q-SPD Surface Drive Systems.

Hypro Marine have been specifying and supplying manual and power assisted hydraulic steering systems to the Marine Industry for 30 years. During this time they have evolved and developed their own product range to satisfy the demanding requirements of today’s high tech luxury motor yacht and commercial boat builders. Hypro Steering systems are the highest quality and robust option on the market. Q-SPD integrates Hypro Steering Systems as standard on all their Propulsion Packages.

“Hypro Steering System are world class, Steve and myself have developed a great working relationship so it felt natural to appoint Hypro Marine as our distributor for the UK.” Says Q-Marine’s Managing Director Leigh Michau.

Hypro Marine’s core business has always been designing and manufacturing hydraulic/electronic steering for some of the most well-known and prestigious vessels in the world including Sunseeker and the RNLI. But also distributor other related high-quality marine products to the UK and Europe.

‘We are extremely excited about working with Leigh and his team at
Q-Marine and we have put together a very strong engineering team who are looking forward to applying and supporting the Q-SPD Surface Drive Systems in the UK.’ Says Hypro Marine’s Managing Director, Steve Clarke.

About Q-Marine International Ltd

Q-Marine International Ltd based in Auckland, New Zealand design and manufacture Q-SPD Surface Drive Systems for the International Pleasure and Commercial boat markets. Q-Marine was established in year 2008 by Managing Director Leigh Michau who developed Q-SPD Surface Propulsion Solutions in 2001. Q-SPD are cutting edge performance propulsion systems that are made with light weight composite construction to produce the lightest system on the market. Q-SPD increases performance, improves efficiency and are very user friendly.

Q-Marine International Ltd are also importers and distributors of high quality, high performance marine power and propulsion products including Brunton’s Propellers, Revolution Power Lithium Batteries and Python-Drive distributing to the New Zealand market.

For any questions or any further
information please email Charlotte Clare,

Email: charlotte@q-marine.co.nz

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