North America

Volvo Penta at IBEX 2021

The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference is returning to Florida for the 30th Anniversary of IBEX, after a year of having to cancel in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show will take place at the Tampa Convention Center, on September 28th-30th, 2021.


As North America’s leading technical boat-building showcase, IBEX delivers a unique forum where the marine industry can do business, share ideas, and accelerate new product development. More than 600 companies will be exhibiting this year at IBEX 2021, and Volvo Penta is proud to be one of them. In booth 3-502, we will have the Volvo Penta D6 DPI and our Assisted Docking virtual reality simulator on display.

Assisted Docking
Volvo Penta Assisted Docking, the next generation of marine automation, allows the captain to defy the elements by removing the dynamics of wind and current while maneuvering in tight spaces, enabling safe and easy boat docking, even in challenging conditions. Come “test drive” the Assisted Docking system at our booth using a virtual reality (VR) simulator or check out an Assisted Docking-equipped boat on slip 8D.

An Enhanced D4 and D6 Experience
With over 100,000 units proven on the waters, the Volvo Penta D4 and D6 marine propulsion packages got a comprehensive helm-to-prop update in 2019, delivering more power and reliability, while operating costs are cut by a third. The updates include newly designed engines, a completely new aquamatic sterndrive, an updated IPS drive and an upgraded Electronic Vessel Control System. The proven D4 and D6 marine engines now deliver more power, increased reliability and lower cost of ownership. They are available from 150-480 hp. To see this new technology and power for yourself, visit the Volvo Penta booth to see the new D6-400 engine with DPI drive.

Total Solution
Not only does Volvo Penta supply robust and reliable engines that are characterized by premium product quality, our company supports projects all the way throughout the lifetime of the machines. From design to installation, and offering superior service support, Volvo Penta is with our customers all the way. Volvo Penta solutions are backed by our extensive dealer network that is equipped with high-quality parts, diagnostic systems, certified technicians and more.

Leadership Summit 
The 2021 Leadership Summit, “Leadership through Stewardship,” sponsored by Soundings Trade Only, will take place 2-5pm, Monday, September 27. The three-hour workshop led by Dr. Balaji Krishnamurthy, will conclude with a panel discussion of presidents and CEOs from major boating industry companies. Martin Bjuve, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, will be a featured participant at the 2021 Leadership Summit Industry Panel.

If You’re at the Show
Attending IBEX? Be sure to visit the Volvo Penta booth 3-502 to try Assisted Docking for yourself using our Assisted Docking simulator. Volvo Penta team members will be on-site to support with any questions.

Things to do in Tampa


Tampa Riverwalk
To experience all of Tampa’s greatest attractions in one charming stroll, the Riverwalk is your perfect activity. The Tampa Riverwalk is a 2.6-mile-long trail that runs along the Hillsborough River in Tampa. Visitors can walk, bike, rollerblade, enjoy public art, and access any number of restaurants or stores along the route.

Florida Aquarium
Located on the southeastern edge of downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium houses over 14,000 different marine animals from Florida and beyond. The 200,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned space provides the perfect escape from a hot day. See river otters, alligators, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, and more—open daily from 9:30 AM-8 PM.

Yacht StarShip Dinner Cruise
Yacht StarShip Cruises & Events is in the memory business. The StarShip II, is a 130-foot, 150-passenger dining yacht, operated by Yacht StarShip Cruises & Events in Tampa, Florida. It relies on the power of the Volvo Penta D13 commercial marine engine to provide experiences to remember. Book a dining cruise and experience one-of-a-kind views, mouth-watering cuisine, and award-winning service.