Volvo Penta’s IPS pod drive system with joystick control helps less-experienced boaters maneuver large vessels in close quarters and at slow speeds. The engine manufacturer has now turned its attention to making boat operation easier at higher speeds.
"We think it’s extremely important that when you enter a boat you should feel relaxed and it should be a joy to use the boat,” Volvo Penta vice president of product management Johan Wasterang said.
At a global press event in Sweden in late June, the manufacturer introduced an automatic trim tab system and high-speed joystick steering in a new integrated gaugeless electronic system called Glass Cockpit. It can all be married to the new juiced-up, quieter diesel IPS system.
Volvo Penta also debuted a gas sterndrive engine: the V8-430.
A new generation of D11 inline 6-cylinder diesels will now power the IPS drive system. Two new drive packages, the IPS800 and IPS950, will be linked to the new engines, resulting in a more powerful and responsive system, according to Volvo Penta.