Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking system set to confirm Azimut Yachts rule of the waves

25 Mar 2021

Pioneering the Volvo Penta Assisted Docking System, Azimut Yachts installs the new Assisted Docking technology into the Azimut Atlantis 45.

Making life easier on board and much more intuitive, an 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. 

Innovation technology is a focal point for Azimut Yachts: the company has a specific and constantly evolving innovation program that aims to make the customer experience the best possible. As the first European Yacht Builder to test the technology, Azimut has found that Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking fits perfectly within its framework.

“When we tested the boat, we were surprised by the side-push feature; that was so unexpected,” says Alessandro Rossi, Chief Technical Officer, and R&D director for Azimut | Benetti group. “And I think that will be appreciated by our customers and thus destined to roll out on all models fitted with IPS. This easy docking system is a huge step forward in the maneuverability of the yacht. I predict it will be very well received by the market because it will reduce the stress associated with docking a boat.” 

Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking system integrates a software layer developed in-house with the company’s GPS-based Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) 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 much easier boating experience, even in rough conditions. 

“At Volvo Penta, we are all about the Easy Boating philosophy,” says Johan Inden, President Region Europe, Volvo Penta. “Our aim has long been to make boating easier, safer, and cost-effective for our existing customers, whilst, at the same time, making boating attractive and accessible to new customers. We are continuously working on innovations to achieve these goals and ultimately enhance the boating experience – Assisted Docking is our latest technological success in this field.” 

The Assisted Docking system will gradually be introduced – in a step-by-step process – from 2021. It will be available for installation on new Azimut boat models, as an upgradeable option for Volvo Penta IPS-equipped motor yachts sized 35ft to 120ft long.

Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking is just another step towards a better product, and a better experience for our customer.