Besides dealing with stormy conditions, docking a boat may be the number one boating maneuver that gives skippers sweaty palms. Volvo Penta, a builder of marine engines and fully integrated propulsion systems, recently demonstrated a new self-docking solution that may one day end those fear-inducing docking encounters for boaters.
To make things a little more interesting, Volvo demonstrated the new technology by docking a 68-foot motor yacht between a pair of $1 million Volvo Ocean 65s at the Gothenburg, Sweden, stop of the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race. The skipper of the vessel kept his hands off the controls during the entire maneuver.
The technology, which employs a combination of sensors, GPS and joystick-controlled Volvo Penta IPS pod drives, is targeted for launch in 2020. You can read more about it here and watch the animated infographic here.
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