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SDS1 now available


Last month at METS, France Helices quietly debuted its’ latest SDS surface drive model, SDS1. SDS1 is now available for sale to France Helices’ customers, and is intended as a surface drive option for very small, fast, vessels.

SDS1 was developed after we received a number of requests from customers as an alternative to using outboard engines for propulsion. Traditionally, outboards have been a popular means of propulsion due to their low acquisition costs and wide availability of spare parts. The downsides to using outboard motors are their short life cycle (often under 1,000 hours) and limited performance capability. Now, a pair of small inboards, with gearboxes and SDS1 can be competitively priced against larger outboard motors, delivering faster speeds and far greater reliability.

The SDS1 is suitable for engines producing torque between 170 and 182 kg.m. In general, this equates to a vessel size of 8 to 10 meters LOA, with engines under 300 bhp. We are currently updating our software to offer the SDS1, and retail pricing is far cheaper than that on small water jets.

For a customized quote on your small vessels, simply fill out the contact form on this site or send an email to [email protected].


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I am currently Sales and Marketing Manager, Asia / Pacific for France Helices. Created in 1977 by Paul BEZZI, FRANCE HELICES is today an international company. French marine propulsion leader, FRANCE HELICES is also one of the international leaders. Research and development are a very important part of FRANCE HELICES program, the CAD's department is equipped with the latest computer technology, using most up to date programs. Our engineers and technicians determine from the customers specifications and designs, the type of propulsion system to suit the boat's application. They can also advise on the ideal choice of power and optimum gearbox ratio to obtain the maximum thrust. There are many FRANCE HELICES' inovations and patents such as Surface Drive System (SDS) which enable boats to obtain very high speed with excellent handling capabilities and high quality Controllable Pitch Propeller systems (CPP) for both professional use and pleasure application. The constant research using cavitation tunnel testing, guarantees high efficient propeller blade shape for our customers. More than 20 000 propellers per year are manufactured by FRANCE HELICES workshops. In all sizes from small sailing boats to large fishing vessels to navy boats or mega yachts. The FRANCE HELICES workshops are equipped with modern foundries capable of casting propellers up to 3.5 tons in NiBrAl. They are also equipped with CNC milling machines and CNC lathe machines. FRANCE HELICES has four sites which cover the complete range of production. The development of FRANCE HELICES, supported by shareholders places our company as a leader in the international market and insures a constant development, worldwide, in order to be close to the end user.