IBEX 2018: Volvo Penta introduces control and display system for water sports

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A rear-facing camera lets the driver keep an eye on the action astern.

A rear-facing camera lets the driver keep an eye on the action astern.

Volvo Penta unveiled the Water Sport Control for boats equipped with the company’s Forward Drive. The system is integrated with the electronic vessel control and Glass Cockpit.

“Wakesurfing is one of the fastest-growing trends in today’s boating market, and we’re seeing even more boatbuilders bringing to market a new class of boats optimized for water sports enabled by Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive technology,” said Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas, in a statement. “Water Sport Control is the latest in our long line of innovations that reflect our ‘Easy Boating’ vision, applying new automation technologies to make it easier for people to have fun on the water.”

Utilizing the Glass Cockpit display, Water Sport Control lets the driver set up and run the boat for wakesurfing, boarding or water skiing. Individual profiles for up to three users can be created and stored. Once set, the system keeps the boat at the desired speed and trim to create wakes for the desired sport. Settings can be adjusted during the ride using the touch screen or manual controls. A live video display lets the driver see the wake action.

The first builder to implement the system is Regal, which is offering it on the 25RX Surf and LS4 Surf.

This video gives an overview of the system.

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