Volvo Penta of the Americas is introducing its most powerful diesel and IPS combo, as well as a new online film series, during a press briefing today at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The briefing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in booth 1203-1204 in the Engine Tent.
Unveiled to the European market at the Cannes Yachting Festival last month, the new Volvo Penta 1,000-hp D13 diesel engine and its companion IPS1350 are making their first North American appearance in Fort Lauderdale.
The D13 is the result of a major redesign by Volvo Penta engineers, including new pistons, more efficient injectors and improved cooling systems, combining to produce 11 percent more power than previous engines.
The company said it has optimized power-to-weight ratio and low-end torque to provide more power.
Integrated with Volvo Penta’s IPS pod drive, the D13 produces power equivalent to a 1,350-hp engine. The D13-IPS1350 package is available in twin, triple or quadruple installations. The latter of these yields power that is the equivalent of 5,400 hp.
“The D13-IPS1350 is Volvo Penta’s most powerful IPS package ever,” Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, said in a statement. “It opens exciting new possibilities for American boatbuilders to bring the unparalleled benefits of IPS to larger boats up to 120 feet.”
The company also will announce a new online film series it’s calling “Boating Dreams,” which will explore what inspires people to seek out the boating lifestyle. The company has produced three episodes that range from about 2.5 to 3.5 minutes.
In this episode skipper Dee Caffari shares her love and concern for the sea and the challenges she and her crew aboard Turn the Tide on Plastic are facing in the Volvo Ocean Race.
The videos are being published online and on Volvo Penta’s social media channels.
Dee Caffari is shown aboard Turn the Tide on Plastic.
“The boating experience is about shared emotions and the joy of pursuing your own boating dreams,” Huibers said. “This is a very personal concept to me. My wife and I bought our first boat before our first home. We’ve spent countless hours together with our family on the water through the years. And now, in my position as president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, I’m fortunate to be able to live my dream in a very special way.”
“Volvo Penta’s Easy Boating initiative is our way of helping others realize their own boating dreams by removing barriers to enjoying the boating lifestyle,” he added.