Volvo Penta IPS600 (435-hp)
The Volvo Penta IPS (Inboard Propulsion System) POD drive propulsion system has been available in leisure applications since 2004 and commercial applications since 2010. The 435-hp IPS600 is one of seventeen (11 leisure, 6 commercial) diesel systems available from Volvo Penta.
Thanks to joystick controls and increased maneuverability of the PODs, the IPS makes docking much easier and in our opinion, safer for less experienced boaters.
In addition to handling, IPS has some other big advantages: noise and vibration are greatly reduced, and exhaust gases are directed out through the drive units underwater. IPS also appears to provide significantly reduced fuel consumption; cruising range is also greatly improved.
Volvo Penta IPS600 (435-hp) Captain's Report is archived.