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IPS by Volvo – Pod Drive System

Diesel Services of America is the number one marine diesel repair shop and a qualified installer and repair specialist for pod drive systems, specifically the IPS by Volvo. Volvo’s Penta IPs are the first, and by far most popular choice when it comes to choosing a pod drive system for your vessel. However, before deciding to have such a thing installed it is imperative to understand what a pod drive system is, and how it can be of benefit to you.  This will help one understand why so many boats are now being produced with these types of propulsion. Additionally, it will explain why so many boat owners are choosing to retrofit their vessels using Volvo’s Penta IPS. Before Pod Drive Systems was invented- a boat traditionally moved its engine power into thrust by using a series of shafts, struts, and rudders.

Volvo released their pod drive system referred to as the Penta IPS in 1995. With this kind of system, a device called a ‘pod’ is installed underneath the bottom of the boat’s hull. The Pod consists of a transmission, an outdrive, and propellors. Pod drive systems adjust themselves based on thrust so there’s no need to use rudders for steering purposes. Another major benefit of Pod drive systems is the safety and stability of the device ad well as fail-safe features. For example, in a worst-case scenario, the pod is designed to separate from the boat should it be damaged to the point of total failure., this can prevent further issues caused by the damaged pod.

Why use a Pod Drive System?

So now that we know what a Pod Drive system is, why would you want to install one? Well, there are several benefits to the traditional drive system. Diesel Services of America Installs and maintains the highest-rated, most well-known Pod Drive system in the industry, the Volvo Penta IPS. This Particular Drive system features two forward-facing pods with individual steering for each. The pods also have twin counter-rotating propellers as well. Compared to traditional drive systems you can expect the following increased results particularly as it pertains to fuel efficiency and overall power:

  • 40% longer cruising range
  • 20% higher top speed
  • 30% reduced fuel consumption
  • 30% less CO2 emissions
  • 50% lower perceived noise
  • More onboard space

For more info, or to schedule an appointment, Call DSOA today! 954-781-1464

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