The propulsion engine
Naturally, the objective of the boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race is to circumnavigate the world's oceans using their sails to harness the power of the wind - not using engines. However, engines for propulsion are to be installed on the boats, primarily for two reasons:
- to facilitate safe navigation in harbours and during transportation legs not included in the competition
- for possible emergency situations, for example if a crew member falls overboard
Sailboats in all sizes
The same type of power plant from Volvo Penta is to be found in tens of thousands of sailing boats across the globe today. With engines between 10 and just over 140 horsepower in its sailboat range, Volvo Penta can offer engines suited to sailboats in nearly all size classes.