THE VOLVO PENTA FOR­WARD DRIVE

MOD­ERN MARVEL

Boating - - MOTORHEAD -

In re­sponse to the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of wakesurf­ing and the de­mand for more af­ford­able fam­ily boats with that ca­pa­bil­ity, Volvo Penta did a 180-de­gree take on the orig­i­nal Aqua­matic, putting the props in front of the lower unit. The For­ward Drive is an adap­ta­tion of the trac­tor drive, which uses the pro­pel­ler sys­tem to pull, rather than push, the boat through the wa­ter. With the props tucked 21 inches farther for­ward than with a rear-fac­ing stern­drive, the For­ward Drive lets surfers shred safely be­hind any boat.

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