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The neighbor’s vessel

It all started as a hobby. Leif Magnus Endresens neighbor wanted to change the stern drive of his boat, and asked Leif Magnus to draw a sketch for a V-drive. The vessel got a new V-drive and controllable pitch propellers, and was tested in the summer of 1973. It reached 25 knots, which was much better compared to vessels with the same engine output. The acceleration and maneuvering was also significantly better than with fixed propeller systems.

“The results convinced us that we had a product that there could well be a market for” – Leif Magnus Endresen, founder of Servogear AS.


Founding of Servogear

Leif Magnus Endresen, together with Gunro Hystad and Arnfinn Matre, established Servogear AS November 15th 1973, in the basement of Endresen's family home.


The first delivery

In January 1974, Servogear had its first delivery to a 35-foot fishing boat named “Siv Hege”. Fishing boats was Servogear's main segment in the first decade.
Siv Hege - Servogear first delivery in 1974



Welcome to Servogear

In november 1975 Servogear moved from Endresens basement and into new production and office-facilities in Brubakken 73, where you still find us today. 
Servogear moves in to Brubakken 73 in 1975



Arvid Kvernøy as managing director

Arvid Kvernøy enters the position as managing director at Servogear after Leif Magnus Endresen and Gunro Hystad. Endresen continues as technical manager. 
1981 - Arvid Kvernøy enters the position as Managing Director



Breakthrough in the high-speed category

Servogear's first delivery to a catamaran; refit of MS Sunnhordland (built in 1975). The refit resultet in a 30 percent fuel-reduction, and markes the start of Servogears success in the high speed category.  
1984 - Servogear's first delivery to a catamaran - MS Sunnhordaland



Knut Harald Vik as managing director

Knut Harald Vik becomes managing director. Arvid Kvernøy continues on as production and service manager in Servogear.


Magne Møklebust as managing director

Magne Møklebust assumes the position as managing director in Servogear after Knut Harald Vik. 


Environmental awards

Servogear wins Bømlo Kommunes Environmental Award in 1995 and Hordaland Fylkekommunes environmental award in 1996.


Kings gold medal of merit

Leif Magnus Endresen is granted with the Kings gold medal of merit for his important work in Servogear.


Servogear's 25th anniversary

Team Servogear in 1998 - Servogear's 25th anniversary.
Team Servogear in 1998 - 25th anniversary



Most innovative yacht

Chiao ( Nilo) won the prestigious award for "Most Innovative Yacht" for the installation of Servogear Controllable pitch propellers in Yachts Magazine World Trophy Awards.
Most innovative Yacht - 2007 - Servogear CPP



Wind farm service vessels and offshore vessels

In 2009 we delivered our first propulsion system to a wind farm service vessel. Today, Servogear specialises in the category and has equipped more than 70 vessels.
The same year we had the first delivery of a four in-line installations to a 60m high speed multipurpose offshore vessel, FOS Polaris.


Torleif Stokke as managing director

Magne Møklebust retires after having led Servogear in 24 years. Torleif Stokke continues the role as managing director. 


Award for the refit of Wall Street

Seastreak wins workboat environmental award for the refit of Wall Street with Servogear.



Servogear Comfort Class Propellers

Servogear introduced a new, revolutionary propeller design. The comfort class propeller is developed to reduce noise and vibrations, giving the passengers an excellent level of comfort.
Servogear Comfort Class Propellars - 2015



Hybrid solutions for the future

Introducing our hybrid gearbox, the Servogear HDE220.
Servogear HDE220 is a light weight hybrid gearbox designed for high-speed vessels. This is the first CPP integrated plug in hybrid solution on the market.
Servogear HDE220 Gearbox - Hybrid solutions for the future - 2017



Villsauen 2017

Servogear was awarded with Villsauen 2017. "Servogear is a notable example of how great ideas, courage, creativity and innovation can be used to embrace international markets. The winner is also a part of one of the many strong competence clusters along our coast" Said Monica Mæland, the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry.

1194.orig.Servogear was awarded with Villsauen 2017


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Servogear AS is a leading manufacturer of Controllable Pitch Propeller Systems for high-speed workboats, fast ferries, offshore vessels and yachts. Our tailor made solutions provides our customers with a unique combination of speed and thrust.

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