01/08/2013

Volvo Penta’s New Interceptor System Makes Boat Trimming Easier



by Volvo Penta of the Americas

Volvo Penta introduces its new Interceptor System (IS), which provides automatic optimized three-axis trimming to meet dynamic acceleration and cruising phases.

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) Aug. 1, 2013 – Volvo Penta introduces its new Interceptor System (IS), which provides automatic optimized three-axis trimming to meet dynamic acceleration and cruising phases.

"Making things easier for the boat driver and at the same time, enhancing on-board safety and comfort, are fundamental objectives of Volvo Penta," said Marcia Kull, Vice President, Marine Sales North America, Volvo Penta of the Americas. "We developed our new IS technology to provide an efficient and easy-to-handle boat trim system, which will help both beginners and experienced drivers make every trip more pleasant and less stressful – fully in line with Volvo Penta’s easy boating concept."

The Interceptor System – or Just "IS"

The Volvo Penta IS is a fully electrical system (no hydraulics) with powerful servos that are integrated in the Volvo Penta electronic vessel control (EVC) platform. The trim blades generate lift and drag that translates into moments on the boat in all three axis depending on action. That means that the boat’s attitude can be adjusted in all directions, either manually or in auto mode. In auto mode, the system is activated by boat speed.

The Volvo Penta IS is a fully electrical system (no hydraulics) with powerful servos that are integrated in the Volvo Penta electronic vessel control (EVC) platform. The trim blades generate lift and drag that translates into moments on the boat in all three axis depending on action. That means that the boat’s attitude can be adjusted in all directions, either manually or in auto mode. In auto mode, the system is activated by boat speed.

Focus on Safety and Comfort

The benefit of the new IS becomes apparent during the acceleration phase when the boat is about to plane. IS allows boats to plane at lower speeds than traditional systems, resulting in improved visibility and increased fuel efficiency.

The benefit of the new IS becomes apparent during the acceleration phase when the boat is about to plane. IS allows boats to plane at lower speeds than traditional systems, resulting in improved visibility and increased fuel efficiency.

In turns, the IS improves side visibility by reducing heel. "The effect that this has on on-board comfort is easy to understand," said Kull. "Even when accelerating in sharp turns, and at any speed, passenger comfort is greatly improved."

Designed for Automatic or Manual Modes

The IS system is designed to function either in automatic or manual mode. Fully in line with the Volvo Penta easy boating concept, boat drivers of all skill levels feel at ease using the IS. Therefore, it is designed primarily for automatic use – but, with the possibility of manual override for those captains wanting more control.

The IS system is designed to function either in automatic or manual mode. Fully in line with the Volvo Penta easy boating concept, boat drivers of all skill levels feel at ease using the IS. Therefore, it is designed primarily for automatic use – but, with the possibility of manual override for those captains wanting more control.

In automatic mode, driver interface is accomplished via a one-button activation. This activates automatic mode, and your boat’s attitude is optimized to prevailing conditions thanks to the advanced control system. Manual mode is engaged by using the trim buttons according to the operator’s own preferences. 

Save Fuel!

A major effect of the IS, and boat trimming in general, is the improved fuel efficiency. With IS in automatic mode, fuel efficiency is optimized by dynamically perfecting the running trim angle – regardless of conditions.

Compact, Self-Cleaning Design

"The Volvo Penta IS has a compact design," said Kull. "This increases the boat builders’ freedom when designing a boat with the IS. The absence of a trim cylinder or other external hardware reduces service costs and extends the life of the system."

"The Volvo Penta IS has a compact design," said Kull. "This increases the boat builders’ freedom when designing a boat with the IS. The absence of a trim cylinder or other external hardware reduces service costs and extends the life of the system."

The IS is maintenance free. The blades have a self-cleaning function, which activates automatically once every 24 hours to minimize marine growth. And since the interceptor blades are made of composite material and will not attract current, the IS has no need for protective anodes that have to be replaced regularly.

For 40-Foot and Larger Yachts

The IS is primarily designed for 40-foot and larger yachts and is installed in pairs. It can be applied on Volvo Penta IPS, Volvo Penta DPH with electronic steering and Volvo Penta Inboard applications. 

 
More Information:

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Lindsy Shrewsberry
Marketing & Communications Specialist
+1 757 3824010
e-mail: lindsy.shrewsberry@volvo.com

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