Powered by the wind and Volvo Penta

Low rpm – high comfort
Volvo Penta D-series engines are rated at low rpm, which means only 1,800–2,300 rpm at cruising speed. This results in minimal vibrations and low noise levels – which are further reduced with the Saildrive.

Torque for sailboats
The D-series engines deliver high torque also at low rpm. That means plenty of power and quick response to all commands. It also provides power to drive the most powerful alternators in the industry.

Efficient charging
Today’s sailboats depend on electricity. All D-series engines are as standard equipped with high-capacity charging. The 115 A alternator has a built-in charging sensor that gives correct battery charging voltage. The D3 has a 180 A alternator. All models can have an extra, engine-mounted, alternator.

Reliable starts – simple stops
With automatic pre-heating and the relay-activated starter solenoid, starts are reliable and fast. Electric stop is standard on all D-series engines.


The original Saildrive

The most comfortable, efficient and safe package for sailboats, first introduced by Volvo Penta in 1973.

Volvo Penta blogs from behind the scenes of the Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Penta blog takes you straight into the pit lane of the Volvo Ocean Race. Follow the blog, taking you "under-the-hull" with reports in text, pictures and video with service manager Gedda talking to the teams, checking on their engines and talking to the crews.