Volvo IPS controls

Discussion in 'Pod Drives' started by DanishBagger, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. DanishBagger
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    DanishBagger Never Again

    (I didn't know where to put this – at least it's in "propulsion")

    Usually I don't think much about engines, nor handling any boat under one, but yesterday I read about the new joystick-control in PBO.

    I dislike how the propellers are facing forward (hitting a log or anything on the surface will kill it instantly) but this is neat.

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    Edit: And this:

    Sounds really neat to me!

    But, and this is the crux (at least for me): Besides it being a motorboat "gadget", this is the pricetag in UK Sterling pounds: 9.763! That is 19,080US$! Oh, and if that wasn't enough, you can buy up to four of them to place in different spots. So how about it fellas? Will it be a hit?
     
  2. Tim B
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    Tim B Senior Member

    VP are basically saying that there are two azimuthing thrusters under the hull. the technology for position-holding is nothing new, merely a new application.

    I wouldn't like to say whether it will be a hit or not. When I saw it "in the flesh" the IPS didn't look any easier to install than a sterndrive, and it's concerning that it may be reliant on an on-board engine control computer.

    If you're going to have computer control and a lot of gadgets, why not have electric water-jets and a bow thruster. then you can put a few generators where you want them. I know of certain electric motors that are very small indeed. That would be simpler and quieter.

    Cheers,

    Tim B.
     
  3. FAST FRED
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    FAST FRED Senior Member

    I dislike how the propellers are facing forward (hitting a log or anything on the surface will kill it instantly) but this is neat.


    The prop stern drive facing forward was done in the late 50's and very early 60's, just more engineering Volvo copies and claims to have "invented".

    FF
     

  4. DanishBagger
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    DanishBagger Never Again

    Much like Apple in that regard, FF. Reinvents what is already there.

    wasn't forward facing propellers already tried in the beginning at the century? And didn't Leanordo draw a sub or something that had a propeller in each end facing forwards and backwards, respectively?
     
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