Got a chance to ride along on a demo of Beneteau's new monohull Senses 50 at Strictly Sail in Miami. It sports a new pod drive designed and built by ZF. Combined with a bow thruster and a 360 degree rotating pod controlled by a joy stick. This may be old news to some, but I was lucky enough to see it in action first hand. It is pretty darn crazy to take a sailboat sideways off the dock with not an inch of fore and aft movement. It is basically like any other linked type propulsion system found on Picnic boats and what not. it will spin circles, crab, straight, sideways, whatever. We nick named it "The Captain Killa" because it just took the very real and very hard part of docking a single screw Monohull out of the picture. Sure anyone with plenty of years of practice can get the job done, but this makes it VERY controlled for about anyone. Beneteau has a 3 year exclusive with ZF. The rest of the boat is dead sexy for around $425k. Thanks to my old friend Stanton Murray of Murray Yacht Sails for throwing everyone but us and some reporters off the boat so we could poke around. did not get to look at the guts of the system, but hopefully will soon.