A NEW way to reduce your pulse on the water!

By Eric Vienneau

Back in January 2021, Volvo Penta launched an impressive industry first! A fully integrated assisted docking system.

The Assisted Docking 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:

“From docking to undocking, we want to provide customers with an easy boating experience,” said Martin Bjuve, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “Assisted Docking is the latest in a long line of industry firsts from Volvo Penta and one that will for sure reduce the pulse of any captain- “

At the Palm Beach International Boat Show (2021), Volvo Penta allowed visitors to try out the Assisted Docking System via virtual reality. The Assisted Docking system is an easy-to-use joystick. During the VR Simulation, visitors docked a 62’ yacht with the Volvo Penta Joystick alone. Then, they docked the same boat again using the Assisted Docking system and noted the difference.

Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking System Virtual Reality Simulation at the 2021 Palm Beach International Boat Show.

Captains continue to shine!

“When you own a beautiful vessel, you want to attract attention for the right reasons, not because of the challenges that can occur when trying to dock a boat,” said Martin Bjuve. “With advancements like Assisted Docking and Silent Shift, Volvo Penta takes away the pressure of this often-stressful maneuver- “

With the NEW Assisted Docking System from Volvo Penta, regardless of their level of experience, boat captains will continue to shine!