It can control the boat optimizing her setup for watersports. More, Volvo Penta Water Sport Control Glass shows the activity astern filmed by the retro-camera.
As wakesurfing and other water sports are becoming more and more popular, electronics suppliers are finding a way to follow the trend and offer customers some useful tools. It’s the case for the new Volvo Penta Water Sport Control unveiled by the Swedish manufacturer: it is specifically designed to improve safety and user experience for wakesurfing, wakeboarding and waterskiing lovers.
It does the job, you have fun
The control and display system gives boatbuilders a Volvo Penta water sport package that is fully integrated with the Forward Drive, Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) and Glass Cockpit systems. The Forward Drive is the safest transmission as the propeller does not face the back but is hidden underneath the hull like in an IPS system. EVC allows to control most of the parameters via software and Glass Cockpit is the fanciest interface with the chance to visualize the camera images.
The new water sport function in the Glass Cockpit display makes it easy to set up and run the boat for wakesurfing, wakeboarding or waterskiing at the touch of a finger. Individual profiles for up to three users can be created, pre-stored and loaded in seconds. Once set, the system keeps the boat at the desired speed and trims automatically to create and sustain a perfect wake for the desired water sport activity.
Settings can be adjusted at any time during the ride using the touch-screen or the manual control levers. The live video on the screen, shot by the back camera, allows boat drivers to watch the activity astern while keeping their eyes forward.
The first boatbuilder to introduce the Volvo Penta Water Sport Control is Regal Boats, which is now offering it on the 25RX Surf and LS4 Surf models.
The Volvo Penta Water Sport Control may be seen in Booth 504 at the IBEX 2018 marine trade exhibition in Tampa, Florida, from October 2-4.