Take control with Volvo Penta Assisted Docking — the next generation of marine automation. It allows you to defy the elements by removing the dynamics of wind and current, as well as maneuver in tight spaces, enabling safe and easy boat docking in challenging conditions. Available for new boats and retrofit upgrades.
Wind and current. Two temperamental, deceptive forces. Docking a boat in windy conditions or when the current is strong can be difficult due to their unpredictability — changing from gentle to strong in an instant, creating an obstacle to easy boat docking.
It’s a space issue. Crowded marinas and tight slips present a challenge for any boater. Docking a boat by yourself where there are physical obstacles can be stressful for anyone on the water.
Assisted Docking is a new boat docking system that compensates for some external elemental forces and allows you to navigate tight areas with higher precision. Combining automation with control, it provides ease to seasoned boaters and beginners learning how to dock a boat. The system helps to keep the course intended by the captain, who must always be at the helm and in control of the boat.
Assisted Docking puts enhanced control into the hands of the captain. From moving in straight lines without manual compensation, to rotating around a fixed point — boat docking is now easier than ever before.
Assisted Docking ensures that the boat is more responsive to the captain’s intentions, making docking a boat by yourself safer and easier.
The Volvo Penta Assisted Docking system leaves more room for the enjoyable parts of boating. A hybrid between automated docking and manual docking, it lets all boaters feel more like seasoned captains.
A car-like experience on your boat
With Garmin Surround View Camera System
A new level of easy boating
With Anders & Ida
With Azimut Yachts
With Tiara Yachts
Demonstrating an industry-first innovation
With everday boaters
With the joystick, you control the boat’s path and speed, while the system compensates for much of the wind and current. Push the joystick forward and the system lays out a straight path that the boat follows. At any time, you can release the joystick and your boat will stay in a fixed position.
When standing still, you can turn the joystick to rotate around a fixed position. By twisting the joystick, you can turn in small increments in any direction to improve your alignment — still without drifting off path.
Move your boat close to the dock by tapping the joystick in small increments. Then fix your position against the dock by pushing the joystick to the side and activate the “Side Push” feature on your display. This will assist you by keeping your boat’s position against the dock while it is being tied up, or you let a passenger on or off.
Assisted Docking is a boat docking system based on our existing technology — fully integrated from helm to prop. If your boat is equipped with the following, you can make the next generation of marine automation yours.
The Volvo Penta Assisted Docking system is retrofittable in boats with IPS from 2012 and onwards. IPS improves power, performance as well as comfort for boaters. The individually steerable pods allow you to move the boat in any direction with complete control, and the steering angles and thrust are constantly recalculated to keep the boat in position.
The joystick is the link between the captain and the function. It offers an easy way to maneuver with precision, both while driving and boat docking. Combined with Assisted Docking, the joystick offers captains of any level of experience ease and control at their fingertips.
Assisted Docking builds on the technology provided by Dynamic Positioning System, which keeps the boat’s heading and position when preparing to dock, waiting to refuel or for a bridge to open. Upgrade your antenna to the latest model (which will fit on your current mount) for Assisted Docking to work.
The Glass Cockpit System collects and displays all driver information in one place via a single interface. You can easily see when you are utilizing the Volvo Penta Assisted Docking system, with blue lines appearing forwards or sideways, or a circle that indicates what assistance you are getting. It also constantly shows the level of force used to keep you in the current conditions.
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Our Assisted Docking upgrade for Volvo Penta IPS powered yachts can be retrofitted to systems from the year 2012 and onwards. This is a game changer. Now docking and maneuvering in challenging conditions can be easier and safer. You’re in total control, even when the dynamics of wind and current are at play.
Gradually available from Spring 2021
Latest Assisted Docking news and stories
Volvo Penta is a leader in technology that makes boating easier, safer, and more accessible than ever before. This commitment has been recognized at the 2021 METSTRADE Show where the Assisted Docking System received multiple DAME Design Awards.
Volvo Penta & Garmin continue their long history of collaboration by making it possible to combine two independent systems – Volvo Penta Assisted Docking and Garmin Surround View Camera System. This powerful pair will offer a unique boating experience that makes docking easier and more car-like than ever before.
On March 18th, Volvo Penta hosted a live webcast as a digital showcase of its new Assisted Docking technology for the marine industry. The virtual event gave the industry a chance to learn more about the new boat docking system and engage with Volvo Penta experts and partners.
Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking technology has been honored among the top products of the year by Boating Industry magazine. The top 50 boating products appeared in the May issue of the monthly boating trade publication. They were chosen by the editors from hundreds of nominations, based on their impact on the industry, innovation, and how they advanced their category.
The Assisted Docking system gives the captain better control when docking a boat by automating his or her intentions, compensating for some dynamic variables, such as wind and current, and helping the vessel stay on its intended course. Azimut Yachts, one of its first adopters, gives its in-depth insight into this innovative technology.
Early this year, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Volvo Penta launched the industry’s first fully-integrated Assisted Docking system, a game-changing next step in the Inboard Performance System (IPS) experience. Now, in one of the first customer tests, Tiara Yachts explores how the new technology makes docking a boat easier and safer than ever before.
Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021, Volvo Penta announced the commercial availability of its Assisted Docking technology to acclaim and recognition. Named a finalist by Engadget for the Best of CES in the transportation category, the innovative system will help make boating easier and more accessible to boaters both experienced and new to the sport.
New Assisted Docking automation technology gives the captain a whole new level of control, taking another important step toward self-docking and easy boating.
Assisted Docking is the latest of a series of marine automations by Volvo Penta. We also have innovations that can help improve your experience on the water, today.
The Volvo Penta Autopilot with Shadow Drive is a complete auto-steering solution – and the perfect support to the boat driver. It delivers accurate course keeping and smooth course turns at all speeds.
Based on advanced GPS technology, the Dynamic Positioning System allows the driver to maintain the boat’s heading and exact position — perfect for when docking a boat by yourself, re-fueling, or waiting for a bridge to open.
Keeping a constant speed is critical to creating the ultimate water sport experience. Water Sport Control makes it easy, allowing drivers to dial in the desired speed and trim thanks to the automatic, GPS-based control system.
The Automatic Boat Trim System enhances comfort and safety by automatically keeping the preset preferred boat altitude. It compensates for changes in speed, wind or people moving about on board. Thanks to the integrated GPS receiver, it senses changes in course and does not compensate for heeling in turns.
A boat trim system for simpler, safer and more comfortable driving. The precise Manual control function can be extended with three fully automatic modes. Active Ride Control effectively diminishes pitch and roll motion by up to 60% at cruising speeds, reducing the risk of sea sickness.
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