Volvo Penta IPS
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.