IPS drives make boating (docking) fun again

The Volvo Penta IPS (Inboard Performance System) revolutionized the boating market. Their system is so easy to use many people who thought operating a yacht is too difficult, are becoming boaters. If you ever doubted check out the numerous video boaters are posting online. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4SNk9yGc0Q[/youtube] Five years after its launch, there are already more than 10,000 IPS units on the market. The IPS program is now being expanded still further. With new and larger drive units coupled to the 13 liter engine, Volvo Penta will launch a further two power classes, IPS1050 and IPS1200, this year. Their forward-facing and efficient propellers, has largely replaced the boat industry’s traditional shaft installations. The first stage of the IPS system was based on Volvo Penta’s 4 and 6-litre diesel engines. Last year, two new power classes were launched with larger drive units based on Volvo’s 11-liter engines. This year, Volvo Penta is launching a third stage based on the Volvo Group’s 13-litre engines. The two new IPS drive packages generate the equivalent of 1,050 and 1,200 horsepower, respectively, compared with conventional inboard installations. This means that Volvo Penta can now offer the IPS system for boats all the way up to 100+ feet. Volvo Penta IPS by the numbers performance, emissions and onboard comfort are but a few of the things Volvo lists as the benefits you will get from their IPS systems, over the traditional shaft drives. Here is their claim… • 30% reduced fuel consumption • 30% less CO2 emissions • 50% lower perceived noise level • 40% longer cruising range • 20% higher top-speed • Safe and predictable handling • Joystick docking Boaters love the ease of steering, the fuel efficiency, and the control they get during docking. Volvo can install up to four joysticks throughout the yacht, which means you can dock while standing on aft deck, where you have the best possible view. Eliminate the long shafts and Yacht designers and builders love the the extra space they can allocate to the living quarters. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nSpLcskONQ[/youtube] Visit the Volvo Penta Site for more information or call us at 954.650.7353 if you are looking for a boat with the IPS system. Do you currently play with a Volvo Penta IPS system? Share your experience below… If you want to own a sweet boat with joystick control Lucid Yacht can...




Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show – boat show guide

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmPipL1scdg[/youtube] As a yachting enthusiast, or even perhaps as a yacht owner, chances are you’ve attended quite a few boat shows. You arrive at the show, spend what seems like an eternity finding a parking spot, and after seeing the yachts you came to see, the question arises, “Where do we go from here?” Or simply, “What next?” Due to its enormous size, and to the somewhat challenging layout of Miami itself, the Miami Boat Show often leaves many attendees frustrated & confused. Yacht Help Desk created this comprehensive & easy-to-follow Link-Guide. Once inside these pages, you’ll be on the inside track to a variety of local restaurants, nightclubs & places of interest, outside the norm. Miami Boat Show Schedule Thursday (2/16), 10am – 7pm Friday (2/17), 10am – 7pm Saturday (2/18), 10am – 7pm Sunday (2/19), 10am – 7pm Monday (2/20), 10am – 6pm Collins Avenue (S.R. A1A) – from 41st to 51st Streets. Admission is free So let’s begin! First, the details. This year’s show runs from Thursday, Feb 16th, thru Monday, Feb 20th. Secondly, some clarification. Did you realize that the Miami Boat Show actually consists of two major boat shows in one? It’s true! The Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail®, is presented at three locations. At the Sea Isle Marina, you’ll find a wide assortment of sportfishers, cruisers & high performance boats. If you’re into sailing, check out the Strictly Sail® display at the Miamarina at Bayside. In need of engines, electronics or marine accessories? Then head over to the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 24th Annual Yacht & Brokerage Show (“The Superyacht Show”) is free to the public, and stretches along the Indian Creek Waterway, from Collins Ave & 41st St to Collins & 51st. Amidst a world-class presentation of superyachts, express cruisers, pilothouse motoryachts, ocean-going trawlers and more. Speaking of trawlers, this year the north end of the show is dubbed TrawlerPort. Come see long-range cruisers 35 to 90 feet, complimentary presentations, activities and demonstrations celebrating the cruising lifestyle. Miami Boat Show Guide: The city that defines south Florida keeps getting better every year, with excellent weather, incredible beaches, top notch restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. Here are some places we like… Where to stay… Near The Show: The Fontainebleau or Eden Roc – both are across the street from the show and very convenient. In South Beach: Delano by Philip Starks Mondrian The Standard Hotel & Spa Where to eat… A walking distance from the show is The Forge Restaurant | Winebar a Miami Beach institution with the largest wine cellar in Florida. If they are not busy ask for a tour. Bar Tanaka at the Shelborne South Beach for award winning sushi and imported Japanese beer. The Dutch Miami at the W hotel in South Beach, this is the new kid in town that is sure going to win you over. Just check out this menu For those who have not been back here in a while, we encourage you venture into the other side of the water ways as well… Downtown Miami, Brickell Village, Design District, Wynwood, and Mid-town all have great places. Try Perricone’s, excellent Italian food inside a Vermont cabin smack in the middle of Brickell, or check out Michael’s Genuine in the design district Have fun and go boating … See you at the...