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VOLVO PENTA IPS

USED IN 130 MOTORYACHT MODELS
  • 30% reduced fuel
  • 40% longer cruising range
  • 30% less CO2 emissions
  • 20% higher top speeds
  • Joystick control
  • Unbelievable manovuerability

CONSIDERED THE MOST IMPORTANT ENGINE INNOVATION SINCE 1959.

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OVERVIEW

Volvo Penta IPS on Zeelander Yachts.

As a variation on their Duoprops, Volvo Penta introduced the Inboard Performance System (IPS) almost 10 years ago. The shift was radical at the time with drives positioned on the bottom of the boat rather than the traditional position on the transom.

RANGE

All tests were conducted with two identical boats. The only thing that differs is the drive system. It is easy to see the advantages with Volvo Penta IPS when it comes to fuel consumption, top speed and cruising range. The net result is a range 40% greater than before.

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MOTION

Rotation and Propulsion.

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The twin counter-rotating propellers face forward and work in undisturbed water.

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All exhaust fumes are emitted through the pods, into the prop wash and carried well behind the boat for improved onboard comfort. boat forward.

POSITION

Positioning and Acceleration.

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The propellers are positioned well under the hull to eliminate the risk of air intrusion and cavitation, even in sharp turns and under full acceleration. with the hull. All power drives the boat forward.

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Forward-facing propellers, with no exhausts through the hub, minimize the hub diameter. This gives a proportionally much larger active blade area, and better grip in the water.

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ZEELANDER VOLVO PENTA IPS DRIVES

  • PERFORMANCE

    The modern inboard propulsion system boasts a leading pod system status “superior to inboard shafts in every vital aspect – handling, onboard comfort and performance.” The Volvo Penta IPS also provides 30% reduced fuel consumption, 30% less CO2 emissions, 40% longer cruising range and 20% higher top speeds—as compared with inboard shafts at cruising with planing hulls (approximate figures). Acceleration is faster, too.

  • EASE OF USE

    Thanks to its easy-to-operate qualities that transform the novice into an experienced boat handler, the system has become increasingly popular on leisure boats. The fact that it plays a fro 30% LE. SDFnt and center role in Zeelander’s operation of their 44 points again to Zeelander’s pulling out all of the stops to outfit their vessels with the best of the best. Normally boats much larger than the 44 would offer the Volvo Penta IPS. Zeelander is currently offering two IPS configurations in the Z44: twin Volvo Penta IPS 500s / 375 hp or IPS 600s / 435 hp.

  • JOYSTICK CONTROL

    The ease of operation of the Volvo Penta IPS rests heavily on the joystick. It allows anyone who can play a video game to intuitively dock a boat. Zeelander President John Slate described the ease of operation and benefit of pod control, “I can have anyone docking a boat like an expert in a half hour. Everyone loves a boat but the idea of actual boating can be intimidating. No one wants to get behind the helm and then crash it into a

  • SILENCE IS GOLDEN

    Other key benefits of Volvo Penta’s IPS include minimal noise and vibration with little, if any, smoke or smell. In fact, the exhaust gases exit the drive units underwater. Zeelander President John Slate said, “We’ve also been working with Volvo to come up with a brand new motor mount. We’ve pretty much pushed them past their envelope of comfort in our quest for a ride that’s quiet and vibration-free.”

  • COMPUTER OPERATIONS

    Upgrades and modifications are simplified due to having computer and software in charge of the pod drives. One just installs new software with a click. The computer operation also allows for easy diagnostics and remedies via your laptop or smartphone through Volvo’s VODIA program. All components and aspects of the IPS are integrated through the EVC (Electronic Vessel Control) where they are controlled and monitored, giving owners any advance warning of issues. The ease of steering and shifting also come courtesy of the EVC.

  • DYNAMIC POSITIONING

    Zeelander’s IPS system is enhanced by another smart Volvo feature called DPS or Dynamic Positioning System. Controls have buttons for low-speed mode, single-lever mode and cruise control. The system holds the boat’s heading and keeps it there even in tough conditions, coming in handy while waiting to fuel or for a bridge, allowing time to position fenders and prep lines if needed.

  • USED WORLDWIDE

    Approximately fifty boat builders, including Zeelander, in the US offer models with Volvo Penta IPS (130 worldwide). It’s an impressive propulsion system for an equally impressive, detail-oriented builder. Virgin buyers have been astounded to master docking and positoning techniques in as little as 30 minutes using joystick controls onboard a Zeelander 44 and Zeelander 68. Expect to see this process get easier and smoother over time.

  • A SUCCESS STORY
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