Volvo Penta IPS

Boating NZ - - Boat Review -

The Dickey is the owner’s sec­ond boat with Volvo IPS propul­sion. First Edi­tion has a pair for IPS 600s, each 425hp. Fit­ting Volvo Penta IPS frees up a great deal of space un­der the sa­loon sole nor­mally oc­cu­pied by en­gines and ma­chin­ery in con­ven­tional shaft-driven ves­sels. The large ser­vice area un­der the sa­loon sole is a mul­tiuse space. It houses the ves­sel’s twin 1100-litre poly­eth­yl­ene fuel tanks, bat­tery banks, Spec­tra wa­ter­maker, WASSP unit and heaps of stor­age for util­ity items such as clean­ing equip­ment, a vac­uum cleaner, fish­ing gear and more.

First Edi­tion an­chored in 70m of wa­ter, de­ploy­ing all 150m of chain and we com­menced fish­ing. In im­prov­ing sea con­di­tions as, a steady stream of tarak­ihi, blue cod and groper (ha­puku) came aboard, leav­ing us with a re­spectable catch at the end of the day.

First Edi­tion more than ful­filled her fish­ing brief, eas­ily ac­com­mo­dat­ing five fish­ers, some in the cock­pit and some on the swim plat­form. Dave sat in the shade, perched on the side deck and lean­ing against the bulk­head for com­fort, his elec­tric reel plugged into one of sev­eral ded­i­cated 12V out­lets. The plat­form rail­ings are at just the right height and an­gle for safe fish­ing.

Salt­wa­ter wash­downs both sides of the cock­pit kept the decks clean; there are plenty of drink hold­ers, the rod hold­ers are suit­able for bot­tom fish­ing as well as game fish­ing and the large swing-out bait boards and bril­liant hand wash­ing jets work well.

On the way home we fil­leted fish at the bait sta­tion, which is large enough to ac­com­mo­date two peo­ple at once. Once the dirty work was done we en­joyed a fast and com­fort­able ride home.

The smile on Dave’s face told the story: First Edi­tion had passed the fish test.

Aaron with one of five groper (ha­puku) for the day – not a bad way to chris­ten a sport fish­ing boat.

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