December 20, 2015

Volvo Penta IPS

High seas, sheer-sided waves, torrential rain and gale-force winds would stop most yachts in their tracks. But the Riviera 515 SUV’s exceptional sea handling capabilities indicate that the North Atlantic Ocean has finally met its match. 

Photo: The Riviera 515 SUV, equipped with fuel-efficient twin Volvo Penta IPS 950 pod drives with two Volvo Penta D11-725 engines.

The Riviera 515 SUV, equipped with fuel-efficient twin Volvo Penta IPS 950 pod drives with two Volvo Penta D11-725 engines.

Last month, experienced seafarer Captain Stan Mawyer was charged with delivering a new Australian-designed and built Riviera 515 SUV from Boston, Massachusetts, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 1,250 nautical mile journey would be rough, and Captain Mawyer anticipated needing to duck into the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) during the journey to avoid the perilous conditions on the East Coast’s open waters. 

“Looking back at our journey after arriving in Fort Lauderdale, it’s remarkable to consider what the Riviera 515 was able to achieve,” says Mawyer. “With its impeccable rough sea capabilities, it seems this Riviera is able to defy the laws of gravity.” 

Released almost 18 months ago, Riviera 515 is a sporty and adventurous yacht, equipped with the fuel-efficient twin Volvo Penta IPS 950 pod drives with two Volvo Penta D11-725 engines. As an industry leader, Volvo Penta is a natural choice for blue water flybridge and sport yachts, and its engines perform especially well in challenging offshore weather conditions. And, as a long-term advocate of the pod drive system, Riviera’s partnership with Volvo Penta has produced an integrated yacht that is unintimidated by the high seas. 

Strong yachts for long voyages

At home in Australia’s waters, where long journeys and rough seas are commonplace, the Riviera 515 is a robust vessel. Nevertheless, on a 300- or 400-nautical mile journey, having faith in your yacht’s ability to get you from port to port is important. Thanks to the D11’s impressive fuel economy, Captain Mawyer and his crew were able to travel 0.5 nautical miles per gallon at an average cruise speed of 27 knots.  

“I was very impressed with the yacht’s overall fuel consumption,” he says. “Cruising at an average of 27 knots in fairly high seas, the fuel use was very economical.” 

In addition to the Riviera 515’s economical use of fuel, Volvo Penta’s Autopilot feature, an integrated part of the EVC system, made the journey comfortable and stress-free. Allowing the captain excellent control of the course, the Autopilot reduced the fatigue on the crew during the relentless weather. 

“It’s almost unheard of for a captain to be at the helm of a vessel for 11 solid hours without feeling fatigued,” Mawyer says. “But, thanks to Volvo Penta’s Autopilot feature, which still automatically engages after any manual course change, we were able to stay alert for longer — a real bonus in the persistent rain and wind.” 

Towards the middle of the Riviera’s journey, Captain Mawyer and the crew were in Beaufort, North Carolina, about to embark on the third leg on their East Coast voyage. With 30-knot winds and 10-foot waves out to sea, it was expected that the journey to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, would be made via the ICW. But, given the Riviera’s exceptional performance during the first and second legs, the captain decided to test the vessel on the open water. “The seas were ugly and, as we made our way out of the shallow coastal waters, the winds started raging in an easterly direction,” Mawyer says.  

Stan MawyerCaptain Stan Mawyer, who sailed the Riviera 515 SUV from Boston, Massachusetts, to Fort Launderdale, Florida.

“In any other yacht, including my own, I would have terminated the ‘experiment’, but by reducing the throttle to 19 knots, the Riviera remained stable and we dropped off the sheer-sided waves into the troughs with relative comfort and ease. My crew and I have never experienced this level of steadiness and handling in all our years at sea.” 

Regardless of rough weather, the Riviera’s seamlessly integrated Volvo Penta IPS pod system offers unparalleled comfort, stability and safety. And, the Volvo Penta Interceptor trim system gets the Riviera up on the plane quickly, compensates for strong winds and gives the boat its most favorable running angle. 

“After delivering the Riviera 515, I was beyond impressed with the capabilities of Volvo Penta IPS. After owning my own conventional shaft drive yacht, I can now see the benefits of converting to the pod system,” says Mawyer. “The safety and comfort of this yacht are unparalleled by anything I’ve tested before. My only regret from the journey is that I cannot purchase one for myself.” 

 

Related Articles

Monday, 21 December 2015 11:03

We had the pleasure of traveling to Wisconsin to attend the Cruisers Yachts dealer meeting this past summer where the company launched their new flagship, the Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius. The dealer...

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 16:12

For the Canadian Yachting readers who are not yet familiar with Beneteau’s broad range of power boat models, the Gran Turismo 35 may come as a bit of a surprise. Our test boat is a head-on...

Friday, 03 January 2014 11:51

The brand new Cruisers Yachts 328 Bow Rider is one of a new breed of boats that is redefining our expectations. The emphasis is on living space, entertaining friends and family on board and on going...

Friday, 03 January 2014 10:56

I had the pleasure of running and reviewing the Swift 50 when I was in Annapolis last October; the boat was supplied by Beneteau America and was moored at Annapolis Yacht Sales.The French-built...

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 03:44

This year, classic Italian boat builder Absolute is launching yet another Volvo Penta IPS-powered yacht, unveiling its second vessel in the Navetta series at this year’s Cannes Boat Show...    

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:03

Toronto Yacht Services is now an Authorized Volvo Penta dealer for warranty, service, parts and also for engine sales and installation for the full range of Volvo Penta gasoline sterndrive...

Boat Reviews

  • Prev
Sailing seems to have become about size. More and more couples are buying big, perhaps thinking ...
French sailboat builder, Dufour Yachts, has, for a long time now, marketed two lines: Performance ...
From a design perspective, we wanted to build upon what world-renown designer Mark Ellis began 35 ...

Video Gallery

 

 

Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 54By Zuzana Prochazka

Beneteau saw an opportunity to add a little thrill to any cruising adventure, so they took the hull of the First 53 racer (introduced just last year), and with a few fashionable changes, created the Oceanis Yacht 54, the new entry-level of Beneteau’s swanky Oceanis Yacht line. The result is a performance cruiser that sails like a witch and looks like a grande dame.

Design

Roberto Biscontini is the naval architect and Lorenzo Argento created the details of the exterior and interior design. 

Read More

Destinations

  • Prev
Over the course of four days in September 1864, representatives from Prince Edward Island, Nova ...
The new owners of L’Orignal Marina offer boaters a new destination. Located in a charming ...
Commemorating 100 (+1) years of through-navigation on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic ...
On Friday, April 2 at 7 pm ET on TVO and streaming anytime after that on tvo.org and the TVO ...
Salt Spring Island, the largest among the Gulf Islands, has a certain mystique—much of it having to ...
Located in Lake Huron, the internationally significant Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater ...
In Part I, Sheryl Shard ended the story at June and the start of Hurricane Season when they were ...
You likely aren’t quite ready to travel yet, but we have our fingers crossed that we can all fly ...

Riverest MarinaThe new owners of L’Orignal Marina offer boaters a new destination. Located in a charming francophone village in Eastern Ontario, this joined marina and restaurant venue is the ambitious initiative of long-time entrepreneur André Chabot and biologist Alexandra Quester, both residents of L’Orignal.

The purchase of the L’Orignal Marina was made official in November 2020. The new year was barely underway when all 50 available slips were already reserved. No wonder the addition of member and visitor slips is already planned for the 2022 season – the 2021 count is up to 62 power and sail already. At the moment, the Riverest Marina offers boaters a stop where they can launch their boat...

Read More

Lifestyle

  • Prev
My husband and I purchased this beauty in Gananoque two weeks ago and boated it from there across ...
Last issue we featured a story about the engagement proposal aboard Via-Mara, a 1969 Trojan 42 Aft ...
With thanks to Sail Canada, here’s a collection of photos that are Olympic quality. Clearly our ...
Wow. That was a lot of fun reading the collection of boat names that came in from all over the ...
No individual had a greater impact on the modern sport of sailing than Bruce Kirby. Known and ...
Just off The Ocean Race European Tour, Daniel is setting his sights on competing in The Ocean Race ...
After being our fearless leader and publisher since CYOB kicked off, Greg Nicoll, handed over the ...
Swim Drink Fish is spearheading the Vancouver Plastic Cleanup by installing, maintaining, and ...
With but four weeks to go, Sarah is in Japan, staying safe while acclimatizing to the heat at ...
MJM is a different kind of boat builder, second generation family owned and operated, we design and ...

DIY & How to

  • Prev
It’s a scary thought - whether your boat is made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or composite – it’s ...
It’s a scary thought – but whether your boat is made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or composite – ...
Last summer there was tremendous interest in buying a boat to have fun in the restricted world ...
The boat buying or selling market is hot now and has been since the late spring of 2020. Sean ...
Last issue we got up with Montreal sailor Marc Robic who has accumulated a lot of tips and tricks ...
While some parts of the country are lucky enough to have year-round boating, there are plenty of ...
A Transducer is a device that is installed below the waterline that provides underwater data to a ...
Spring has finally sprung! At least it has weather wise here in Montreal, so it is with great ...
For most of us, the thrill of being aboard is associated with the motion of the water, wind in our ...
An important, but often overlooked maintenance item on any type of boat is it’s steering system. ...

Galvanic CorrosionIt’s a scary thought – but whether your boat is made of wood, fiberglass, aluminum or composite – it’s slowly deteriorating under you. Part of this is the nature of the marine environment: Sun, moisture, waves, wind, movement and vibration all contribute to components breaking down.

But there are other factors that are much more concerning and act at a significantly faster rate that the environment can take credit for. One of these is commonly spoken of, but not terribly well understood: Corrosion. As boaters, we’re concerned with two main types of corrosion: Galvanic and Stray-Current. This edition will focus on galvanic corrosion – in two weeks, stay tuned for info on stray-current.

Read More

 

  

News

  • Prev
The Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston are pleased ...
Paul Tennyson adapted from the reinforced plastics business to form Canadian Sailcraft in 1963. ...
Canadian sailors Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance from Chester NS won the bronze medal at the ...
Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s Defiant completed a six-race sweep of the Cup for Canada over Zing, the ...
On September 6, Groupe Beneteau laid out its course to develop new boating experiences, new ...
Last Friday, the first ever Canada’s Celebration of Sailing honoured the season for Sailing in ...
Boating Ontario is very proud to have Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety jump on ...
Montreal-based Vision Marine Technologies, Inc. is headed to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout to ...
Summer is in full swing with Canadians enjoying time outside and on the water. So, while enjoying ...
On July 23 last year, CYOB published a piece on a beautifully restored 1967 Trojan 42 Motor ...

Mia and Caleb's EngagementOn July 23 last year, CYOB published a piece on a beautifully restored 1967 Trojan 42 Motor Yacht in Oromocto NB. (That piece was also expanded in CY magazine later in the year.)

One of our Canadian Yachting contributors, Denise Miller, had shared the article on my social media and a young man reached out and asked if she could connect him with the owners of the boat, Dave and Barb. Denise leapt into action and Dave and Barb were thrilled. They concocted a plan that the young lady, Mia, thought she was coming to model for a sales brochure for Dave to do charter tours.

Read More