Leave Less to Luck When Fishing with iDrift

If you’ve ever found that perfect fishing hole only to be swept away by wind or waves, ZF Marine Propulsion Systems, based in Miramar, Florida, have just the solution: ZF iDrift. It’s the perfect way to control your boat’s drift, speed and heading while kite, bottom or wreck fishing.

“ZF iDrift holds your compass heading, controls drift speed and direction and integrates with two of our other products, ZF JMS (joystick maneuvering system) 4.0 and ZF iAnchor,” says Martin Meissner, marketing and communications manager for the industrial products division of ZF North America.


iDrift has three operating modes. In Free Drift mode, the boat holds its compass heading from the point iDrift is turned on. In the Controlled Drift-Surge mode, a surge control employs the ‘breaking function’ of the iDrift to hold the bow on its compass heading, but now slows the boat down. Finally, with Controlled Drift-Surge & Sway, the sway control holds the boat to prevent it from moving to starboard due to the wind, the bow still holds it compass heading, the main engines are engaged and the starboard engines work to keep the boat from drifting to starboard. www.zfmarinepropulsion.com

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.