Volvo Penta is known for its cutting-edge technology and yet again, they are breaking ground. They are about to bring yet another technological first to the marine industry, the Aquamatic sterndrive DPI system.
The real beauty for this DPI advancement is its suitability for smaller boats and sterndrive vessels as well as the possibility of retrofitting. Previously this kind of technology has been available for vessels using Volvo Penta’s IPS units but this system is about to change all that!
But what real-life advances does this offer to a boat owner?
Firstly, it means enhanced performance. The new hydraulic clutch allows silent and smooth shifting. The ability to slip to low engine speeds enables greater manoeuvrability and higher comfort at low boat speeds. “The hydraulic clutch, together with electric steering – now standard for DPI – gives improved joystick docking functionality,” says DPI Engineering Project Manager Jacob Claesson described on the Volvo Penta website. “It also enables Dynamic Positioning System to be introduced, which automatically maintains a boat’s heading and position, even during strong currents or windy conditions – ideal when preparing for docking.”
Secondly, the DPI system ensures easier maintenance. This update offers longer service intervals, fewer service items and introduces seals that have been designed for a longer life. Oil and filter change intervals are extended from every year to every two years.
And last but not least, it offers greater reliability. The system encompasses a focus on redesigning and reinforcing components to deliver greater reliability. Additional sensors have been introduced for improved diagnostics and monitoring of system health, further aiding reliability. And just like the IPS system, overall cleanliness has been improved during manufacturing to ensure extended life and reliability for all parts.
This technology opens doors for boat owners who are looking to get their existing boats fitted with new technology. This is basically IPS for smaller boats and it is available for our clients in the next 12 weeks or so.
Interested yet? Whether you are ready to book your boat in or simply want to find out more about this new technology, get in touch with us today and as an authorised Volvo Penta dealer, we will get you and your boat sorted!