This pertains to a boat I purchased new precisely five years ago and have since sold. I had narrowed my choice down to this particular brand and model before deciding on the propulsion package. It was available with the same engines paired with either V-drives or Zeus pods. While I am generally an early adopter and a big fan of new technology, I actually had presumed I would get the V-drives so the availability of Zeus was not a driving factor for me in selecting this boat. Like so many, I had read a great deal about pod drives but had never operated or even been aboard a boat that had them. When I went for a sea-trial the available boat had Zeus. That’s all it took. The boat was in a very tight slip, the exit from the fairway was through a narrow seawall opening and the wind was blowing a steady 10-15. I was instantly impressed with how precisely the boat maneuvered and once we were clear of the seawall my salesperson put it sideways to the wind (this vessel has a fair amount of windage) and engaged Skyhook. Just as advertised, the boat just sat there. Then as we ran it through its paces, the handling characteristics at speed, the silky-smooth integral auto-pilot and trim tabs, the low noise levels and virtual absence of exhaust just enhanced my impression. The efficiency was also obvious as I kept an eye on the fuel flow, although that was less important to me than the other attributes. At an up-charge of around $85K I wasn’t anticipating realizing any savings in the amount of time I was likely to own the boat. But the increased range and available speed over the V-drive model was certainly something that I came to appreciate through the time of my ownership. The many things one should consider have been well discussed here, including the added complication of the technology and the lack of ubiquitous service. But my intended use at the time was coastal cruising, not international island hopping, so I wasn’t put off by that. As far as the added complication, everybody obviously has their own comfort level and I was already coming out of a (V-drive) boat with fly-by-wire and computerized controls so having to rely on and service newer technology wasn’t an issue for me. Of course with the pods you do have two more major mechanical components that you are continuously counting on and I will say that I could never quite shake the enhanced feeling of “what’s going to go wrong” that I already generally have when underway (I really hope to lose that someday). But I am a stickler for due-diligence and with this boat that included always testing the joystick before untying, being sure I fully understood the emergency operation procedures in the event of a failure and I also spent a lot of time working just the sticks in various conditions so I could know the handling characteristics of the boat as best as possible (they’re different than with standard drives and props). And keeping after maintenance and daily checks goes without saying. While I have friends who have had issues with their Zeus and IPS systems, and often at the most inopportune time of course, I am happy to report that I had a very positive ownership experience and never experienced a pod failure when underway. I did have two separate instances where a blade sheared off at speed, each blamed on a prop-manufacturing defect and covered under warranty. There’s no question that Zeus drives are not for everyone or every boating situation. I loved having them drives for their many benefits and would likely own them again. For now, the size and class I’ve since entered generally precludes that barring having three or more engines down below which does not interest me.