Volvo Penta power boat solution

Volvo has been a big name in the marine industry for decades. This is all thanks to their innovation, reliability, and top-notch engine building reputation.

Volvo has been a big name in the marine industry for decades. This is all thanks to their innovation, reliability, and top-notch engine building reputation. 

Not one to rest on their laurels, Volvo Penta continues to maintain their stellar reputation with highly regarded marine engines. They seem to have something for every boat out there but no matter what type of engine they’re building, you can be certain it’ll be of the highest quality. 

 This post will go over the wide range of power solutions that Volvo Penta offers for power boats. 

Easy, Joyful, Spacious

Volvo Penta’s newest range of powerboat engines emphasise three things: ease of use, enjoyment on the water, and giving you more space on board for activities. 

Volvo Penta engines are easy to install and need little maintenance. Volvo have also streamlined their service, support, and warranty services to one single point of contact. The result is that you can spend more time having fun on the water, and less time tinkering with your engine. 

Volvo Penta’s latest innovation comes in the form of Duoprop technology on all their newest powerboat engines. This increases torque which gives your boat better ‘grip’ on the water – which results in better control and safety. 

When it comes to inboard engines, Volvo has focused on reducing the size of their engines without affecting performance or reliability. This means you can have a transom free from obstacles – so you can swim, fish, or sunbath with ease. 

Let’s go into more detail about the specific solutions that Volvo Penta has for their powerboating customers. 

Aquamatic Sterndrive 

The Aquamatic Sterndrive range from Volvo is their newest range of powerboat engines. The sterndrive design leaves you with a clean transom, giving you more space for your favourite activities while on the water. 

This is part of Volvo’s intention to give you the best blend of power and comfort for your boat – but there are more benefits to the sleek design of these sterndrives. 

The Aquamatic Sterndrive gives your boat a lower centre of gravity. This causes the boat to sit a little deeper in the water, giving you more stability and more ‘grip’ on the water. The result is a more responsive vessel when navigating in any conditions. 

These innovations also give you faster acceleration, higher top speeds, and better fuel efficiency. 

All Aquamatic Sterndrives come as a fully integrated unit. Meaning that your entire propulsion system, from the helm to the propellers, are part of the same unit. This means that advanced technology can easily be integrated into your propulsion system. Let’s take a closer look at some of this technology. 

Electronic Vessel Control (EVC)

EVC keeps an eye on your vessel, so you don’t have to. EVC is the system that monitors and controls your transmission and engine at all times. This means that you’ll be notified of any problems with your engine before it becomes major. 

It also opens up the possibilities for all sorts of technology integrations, including full monitoring and diagnostics of engine and transmission problems. 

Powertrim Assistant

Powertrim assistant automatically adjusts your trim based on the engine speed – so your engine will always be trimmed for maximum efficiency. This eliminates the need for the operator to constantly trim the engine to match the speed and conditions as well as increasing overall efficiency. 

Silent Shift 

Here’s another feature that shows how important your on board comfort is to Volvo Penta. As the name suggests, this feature gives you a quieter shifting experience when operating your vessel. 

This means you can accelerate comfortably without excessive engine noise and surging when you’re out on the water. 

Cruise Control 

While cruise control isn’t exactly new or innovative, it’s an essential feature for those who don’t want to be glued to the helm whenever you’re on the water. Volvo Penta has also added fingertip control to their throttles. Giving you greater accuracy and control over your engine’s RPM. 

Tow Mode 

Being out on the water is all about having a good time. Towing somebody behind your boat is some of the best fun you can have. So Volvo Penta has added a feature that can make this safer and more fun. 


Tow mode is a software-based feature that lets you set the maximum RPM of your engine. So when you’re ready, you can push the throttle forward for a burst of acceleration. Once the engine hits the pre-set RPM’s, the engine will level out at predetermined speed for smooth towing. 

Inboard Solutions

If you’re looking for an efficient, space-saving, diesel powered engine, Volvo Penta’s inboard shafts could be exactly what you’re looking for. The focus here is on space efficiency as well as fuel efficiency. 

Volvo’s inboard solutions enjoy most of the technology of the Aquamatic Sterndrive range, which is becoming standard across their newest range of engines. 

You also have the option of tailored propellers to go with your inboard engine, making this an excellent option for sailboats, powerboats, and yachts. 

Forward Drive 

If you spend most of your time on the water swimming from your boat or towing people behind it, a forward drive engine will enhance your safety. 

This design faces the propellers forward, so anybody that’s in the water near your propellers has a much smaller chance of injury. 

So if you want to enjoy all the benefits of Volvo’s newest technology and innovations, and you want to do it safely, these forward drive engines are for you. 

To Wrap Up

Volvo have been making reliable engines for over a century, and they’re still innovating to this day. They offer a wide range of solutions to fit almost every need when it comes to powerboats. 

Their engines are backed up by their reputation as well as a central place for customer support, services, and spares. You’re in good hands when you’re in Volvo’s hands.  

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