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Volvo Penta partners on open-house event in Florida

Volvo Penta teamed with Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina and Monterey Boats.

Volvo Penta teamed with Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina and Monterey Boats to start the summer season in central Florida with a “Welcome to the Water” open house earlier this spring.

Local residents and other visitors were invited to participate in the two-day event, which featured on-the-water demonstrations of Monterey’s range of new boats powered by Volvo Penta’s next-generation V6 and V8 gas engines and the Forward Drive. The models included Monterey’s new 204 FS Bow Rider, 196 FS Bow Rider and the Roswell 218 SS Surf Edition.

The weekend’s activities included beginner and advanced wake surfing classes with professional riders Ellis and Jaqualine Fort and on-water boating skills training sessions led by Discover Boating’s Coast Guard-certified captains.

The courses took the form of small classes, allowing for dedicated one-on-one interaction with the instructors and hands-on experience.

“The collaboration between Mount Dora, Monterey and Volvo Penta on production of the Boat & Surf Expo proved to be a resounding success,” Mount Dora general manager Joe Lewis said in a statement.

“Our goal was to equip families with the knowledge and skills they need to optimize their time on the water, as well as introduce them to the growing sport of wake surfing, enabled by powerful products from Monterey and Volvo Penta. Fortunately, we’re also located on a great body of water that caters to the ultimate boating experience.”

“At Volvo Penta, our business strategy is to make it easier for boaters to relax and have fun,” said Marcia Kull, vice president of marine sales at Volvo Penta of the Americas. “The breakthrough Forward Drive brings the booming wake-surfing sport within reach of more boating families. Once you try it, you’re hooked.”

“Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive, with the propellers placed under the transom, pulls the boat through the water rather than pushing it,” said Mark Owens, vice president of design and engineering for Monterey Boats.

“This allows us to design and build a bowrider that’s optimized for wake surfing, creating the perfect endless wave while reducing noise and exhaust fumes on deck and astern. When coupled with Volvo Penta’s next-gen lightweight high-performance gas engines, it makes for an unbeatable one-two-punch combination.”

Monterey has a series of similar events planned during the 2016 boating season. The Boat & Surf Expos will take place in various locations across the country.

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