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Palm Beach International Boat Show

The 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show will take place March 25 – 28, 2021 in West Palm Beach. The event, produced by Informa Markets, will showcase more than $1.2 billion in super yachts and luxury boating products.

Beautiful picture of West Palm Beach

This will be Volvo Penta’s first year exhibiting live at this prestigious event. In 2020, the company participated as part of the show’s virtual format due to the pandemic.

Experience the all-new Assisted Docking through VR

Docking can be one of the most stressful and challenging aspects of boating – even for experienced captains. The consequences of getting it wrong when you are docking a boat are expensive, at best – and that is in fair weather. Add crowded marinas, strong winds, and rough currents and the outcome can be problematic and even quite dangerous. But Volvo Penta has now taken its joystick-docking technology and Easy Boating solutions to the next level in its continued efforts to make docking a less stressful endeavor. 

Visitors to Volvo Penta’s main booth will have the chance to see what it would be like to dock a boat with the newly introduced Assisted Docking through a virtual reality (VR) experience. 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.

Volvo Penta Virtual Reality experience with Assisted Docking.

Debuted earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking technology aims to address one of the most challenging aspects of boating – docking. The system integrates a software layer developed in house with the company’s GPS-based Dynamic Positioning System and proprietary Inboard Performance Systems (IPS) for a complete package including HMI (human-machine interface) at the helm, electronics via the engine, propulsion systems and sensors, and advanced navigation processing power for a simpler boating experience, even in rough conditions. 


Additional Products in Volvo Penta Booth –1005 and in our Mobile Display – 1016

Fuel less, Feel More with Volvo Penta IPS 

A range of Volvo Penta’s proven easy boating solutions will be on display at the Volvo Penta booth and in our mobile trailer exhibition. A highlight of the booth will be the revolutionary Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system. This innovative system exceeds expectations of fuel economy, comfort and maneuverability, along with higher speeds and faster acceleration too. With this package, owners will fuel less, and feel more – making the most of their experience on the water.

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

360 Degrees of Fun 

Another solution on display is our next generation sterndrive V8-430 with Forward Drive & Silent Shift – a popular power solution for watersport boats that result in low noise levels, low emission levels and impressive acceleration power. 

Put the Boat in the Palm of Your Hand with Easy Connect 

Boaters across the globe have been able to place the boat in the palm of their hand with Easy Connect, which you can also experience for yourself at our booth. With this app, available for iOS and Android devices, you’ll be able to plan for upcoming journeys and share routes with friends, review all of your engine’s data and send any diagnostic codes directly to your authorized Volvo Penta dealer.

If you’re at the Show

Attending the International Boat Show? Visit the Volvo Penta booth 1005 or our mobile trailer exhibition 1016 to speak with our team and find out how Volvo Penta can take your boating experience to the next level. Don’t forget to take a shot at docking a boat with our Assisted Docking VR experience. 

For any boating needs you may have at the show, our extensive network of dealers supporting our marine customers are available to support you. Find one for your specific product with our dealer locator. 

What to do in Palm Beach

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation society

Looking for a family-friendly activity after the boat show? The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation society is a non-profit zoological organization. It provides 23-acres of natural habitat to more than 550 animals, including many endangered species. The zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Manatee Lagoon

The Manatee Lagoon is dedicated to educating the public about Manatees and Lake Worth Lagoon, and inspiring communities to preserve and protect Florida’s environment and wildlife for future generations.