Latest News

HURTH – HSW – HBW – IRM – BW Marine Gearboxes

All of these ‘replaced’ designations for marine transmissions now fall under the banner of  ‘ZF’. There is still some confusion in the field relating to the early designations and we receive many contacts from owners and operators seeking information and spare parts. We are here to help, so please do not hesitate to get in […]

River Teign & Teign Estuary Boat Tours & Private Hire Service.

From early 2014 our new SEAPRO shallow draught 8-10 passenger inflatable ‘Kestrel’ will begin operating Boat Tours on the River Teign and surrounding waterways, from Newton Abbot’s Town Quay, opening up access to some of the most inaccessible, fascinating and beautiful stretches of water and wetland in the South West. Please let us know your availability […]

Places on our ‘hands on’ ZF/HURTH mechanical shift gearbox training courses are filled until February 2014

If you fancied a place in one of our ‘hands on’ ZF/HURTH mechanical shift gearbox training courses, we are afraid you are out of luck until Feb 2014 We first introduced a limited series of courses for the benefit of sailors travelling to far flung parts of the world where access to qualified engineers is […]

Lack of proper maintenance and neglect are major causes of Marine Transmission failure

ZF Marine Transmissions are manufactured to the highest standards, and if correctly maintained offer years of trouble free operation. Lack of proper marine transmission maintenance and neglect are major causes of transmission failure.   SALT WATER Highly corrosive and works away at wrecking surfaces which it may have only briefly touched. We see too many gearboxes […]

ZF 4650V marine transmission commissioning onboard a M32 Princess Yacht

Pilkington Marine visited Princess Yachts in Plymouth to commission the ZF marine transmission setup. This was only her second trip out to sea. The ZF4650V marine transmission is a V Configuration Gearbox, allowing for the engines to face astern. The space saved can be utilised by the boat designers in many different ways. In this […]

Messing about in Power Boats with Mike Pilkington

This article was first published in The Deesider – July 1970 What has Frodsham in common with Cowes, Lords or even Twickenham? They are all headquarters of sport, and believe it or not, this Cheshire village has become the home of Britain’s newest sport. In March, on a disused stretch of the Weaver, shunned by fishermen because of its high pollution […]

The Shearwater : A Refit at Pilkington Marine with a ZF gearbox & Cummins Marine Engine

The Shearwater is a long term refit project for Pilkington Marine. It took a year for Southampton University to work out whether the hull of the shearwater would be up to the task of putting down the power of the new powertrain. The old engine was the VW TDI 225-6 Diesel Engine that gave a top speed of […]

Newton Abbot, a view from the water

Newton Abbot does not immediately stir the imagination when it comes to waterways, and some of the spectacular sights which are available within a short boating distance of Town Quay. Just look at the pictures collected from a small boat on the River Lemon and you will be transported to the backwaters of Strasbourg or […]

Not Just World Class Racing Clippers, But Fishing Boats Too!!

Following her exploits at sea with the round the world racing clippers Karen came to earth with a ‘splash’ and joined a fishing vessel to travel almost 50 miles out before tangling with the big cod fish. When you are that far out, reliable engines and transmissions are essential. Not much fun in a drifting […]

Clipper : Round the World Yacht Race

Karen and Jez Pilkington are privilaged to have been invited to be amongst the first people in the world to sail aboard the new Clipper 70 Racing Yachts. The special invitation came via the Pilkington Marine Ltd connection with Cummins Onan Generators which were chosen to be fitted to the yachts because of their proven […]

Newton Abbot Civic Society Reward Effort

Today, Karen and Jez Pilkington were presented with the first ever award by the Newton Abbot Civic Society for voluntary efforts to improve the town. Following the construction of the new pedestrian/cycle bridge spanning the River Teign at The Town Quay, Karen and Jez decided to take a hand and removed van loadsof unsightly junk […]

First Cummins QSB 6.7480HOI UK Installation

Pilkington Marine Ltd are in the process of installing the first Cummins QSB 6.7480HOI to enter the UK. Following calculations carried out at Southampton University the ‘State of the Art’ Cummins engine was chosen by the vessel’s owner to be installed into his Vigilante 26 ‘Shearwater’ for service on the River Dart. The expected speed […]

Scroll to top