Volvo Penta launched Assisted Docking retrofit option
Volvo Penta is launching its Assisted Docking system as a retrofit upgrade for many yacht owners with Volvo Penta IPS (inboard performance system), from the year 2012 and onwards.
Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking system ‘automates a helmsman’s intentions, compensating for dynamic variables such as wind and current, and helping the vessel stay on its intended course’.
How Assisted Docking is retrofitted will be boat specific, ranging from a simple software update to full upgrade kits that also include the joystick and Dynamic Positioning System (DPS), antenna and glass cockpit interface. Each customer can consult with an authorised Volvo Penta dealer to evaluate whether Assisted Docking will suit them.
“Previously, this technology was only available for new boats,” explains Anders Thorin, product manager electronics at Volvo Penta. “But we want to ensure that our current customers are able to continually enhance their experience on the water as we continue to make boating more accessible, safer and stress free.”
“Offering software upgrades for our Volvo Penta IPS system means that boat owners can unlock newfound performance in their existing vessels,” says Johan Inden, president of marine business at Volvo Penta. “We will continue to innovate and explore how digital enhancements can deliver a continually improving experience for our customers.”
Assisted Docking is a hybrid between automated docking and manual docking and is designed to give the captain enhanced control when docking the boat.
“I was not prepared for such a seamless experience,” says Maria Ronger, an existing Volvo Penta customer, and new Assisted Docking user since testing the system on her yacht. “This is a boat that I know well, I’ve docked her many times.
“I was wary that the docking system might feel artificial and take away from my boating experience, but it is not like that at all. It is smooth. It does not take over; it is a helping hand. I still feel in full control, but Assisted Docking gives me a new level of confidence.”