This year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) was the 30th Anniversary and one of the busiest in recent memory. Seamech once again took a prominent position on the Promenade showcasing the latest engines from Volvo Penta. More than just a presentation of engines, the stand was an opportunity to introduce the various Volvo Penta accessories which make boating easy.
The large stand housed a compact D2-75 complete with sail drive, the system which powers the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, plus an IPS 2 and next generation V8-300 with DPS drive. Each engine addresses the needs of varying boaters.
“We had a lot of interest from sailing yacht owners looking for a compact engine and the D2-75 attracted very many enquiries we are finalising now,” explained Seamech Dealer Principal, Steve Wray. “This engine and drive combination is suitable for a monohull yacht up to 60 foot and dual installations for multihulls up to 50 foot. Their efficiency and advanced engineering is popular with the cruising yacht fraternity thus the strong interest at the Show.”
The V8-300 with DPS drive is part of the next generation gasoline range of engines and currently, Volvo Penta is offering a free extended warranty for those boaters looking to trade in their existing engine. Running until the end of August 2018, sailing and power boat owners will receive a free five year extended warranty when they replace their existing engine with either compact gasoline and diesel engines from Volvo Penta.
“Fuel consumption is always a great concern for sailing and power boat owners and the new class of gasoline engines are some of the most efficient on the market. We had plenty of boat owners attracted to the Winter trade in promotion and Runaway Bay Marine, an authorised Volvo Penta dealer on the Gold Coast, had a very successful show through this campaign,” said Andrew Cottle, General Manager of Seamech.
Revolutionising the market over a decade ago was the IPS propulsion system. The latest version of the pod technology is the IPS3 yet visitors to the stand had the opportunity to get up close to the IPS2.
“IPS has changed boating and given confidence to many at the helm. It offers simple and complete control for both seasoned and novice boaters plus extraordinary efficiency. It is found in yachts from Riviera, Maritimo, Princess, Sunseeker and Palm Beach all of which were on display at the show,” stated Andrew
Yet far and away, the most popular was the simulated IPS Glass Cockpit which recreates a real-life helm station of an IPS powered vessel. It included EVC features such as a Glass Cockpit, Joystick Docking, Joystick Driving and battery management. With the flick of a switch, anyone could operate a luxury motor yacht through the simulator using the various genuine Volvo Penta accessories from dynamic positioning to docking with two fingers on the joystick or using the traditional throttle and wheel to manoeuvre through the harbour.
“Volvo Penta’s focus is to make the experience of boating as easy as possible so that everyone onboard can enjoy and be a part of it. We had many families come to the stand and the traditional skipper, Dad, stood aside as the rest of the family operated the boat through the simulator. Volvo Penta’s system offer simple control and confidence for everyone. It has opened up boating to so many more who have otherwise been reluctant,” explained Steve.
Aside from Runaway Bay Marine, dealers from all of Queensland had travelled to the Gold Coast for the Show and to offer their support on the stand. Clients spoke with team members from Euromarine (Gold Coast), DA.MET (Brisbane), AMS (Airlie Beach) and Dolphin Marine (Sunshine Coast).
“We would like to congratulate Johan Hasser, General Manager of the SCIBS, and the team on a great show and a fantastic milestone. The show has progressed so much in the 20 years we have involved. Now yachts sit along side supercars and all manner of accessories. The Volvo Penta product sits proudly in that landscape with world leading engineering and boating solutions,” stated Steve.
If you are considering repowering or which engine would best suit your new vessel, please contact Seamech to discuss your options and find your local Authorised dealer.