By Eric Vienneau
Canada’s only Absolute Yacht Dealer- Marine 360 located in Île-aux-Noix, Quebec- is absolutely ecstatic to hear today’s news. The collaboration is an innovative move in the industry, which will eliminate the stress that comes with docking a boat. Marine 360 cannot wait to share the news with their dedicated customers, as the partnership will make boating with Absolute even more exciting and easy.
Absolute Yachts and its engine supplier Volvo Penta are building on their long-sanding partnership to offer boat owners around the world the Assisted Docking system. Absolute is now the only shipyard in the world currently able to offer the new system on its entire range of boats, from 47 to 73 feet, for Navetta, Fly and Coupé categories, equipped with Volvo IPS 10, 15, 20, and 30 engines and with the new Assisted Docking technology.
In 2021, Volvo Penta introduced their Assisted Docking System. The system is designed to address a challenging aspect of boating… docking. Volvo created a “human-machine interface” using a GPS-based Dynamic Positioning System and proprietary Inboard Performance System (IPS).
The captain can dock his/her boat while the system has their back when it comes to sudden changes such as wind and waves.
Overall, the system does not dock for you, but it creates small changes in engine RPM and steering to simply assist the driver, so you are still in control when making important decisions while docking.
Check out Volvo Penta’s expert demo of the assisted docking system below:
“Our collaboration with Absolute Yachts is an opportunity to test the Assisted Docking system on the entire range of Volvo Penta IPS-powered boats, in line with our Easy Boating philosophy. The goal is to add value to both the shipyard and the end user, by creating a truly integrated system from the propeller through to transmission and throttles” says Andrea Piccione, Head of Marine Sales for Volvo Penta.
Volvo Penta and Absolute are already testing the system on boats featuring IPS15 and IPS30 which are already arranged for Assisted Docking on board.
“Our dialogue with suppliers is a great source of inspiration, especially strategic ones who share our values and objectives like Volvo Penta. Instead of following trends, we try to analyze and evaluate them, to set an evolutionary trend ourselves”, says Sergio Maggi, founding partner, Vice President and Director of the Absolute R&D department.
Alongside the new 48 Coupé, the Cannes Boat Show will be an opportunity to get a first-hand view of the new system installed on the Absolute 47 FLY, destined for Hong Kong, and the Absolute 50 FLY, which will also be on display at the 2022 Mandelieu Show next spring.