Customer Stories

How to Power an Unforgettable Tour Experience

Ocean Endeavor - Pacific Power Group

Adventure Bound Alaska has created memorable tours throughout the waters of Juneau, Alaska, for decades – taking adventurers to see the Sawyer Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord and numerous other breathtaking Alaskan sights. Offering such unforgettable marine tours requires equipment that is capable of sustaining long hours of operation on the water with minimal downtime so passengers can spend more time taking in the sights and less time on the dock. To offer the best Alaskan tour experience possible, Adventure Bound Alaska chose PPG to supply a new Volvo Penta engine to power the tour boat fleet’s newest vessel, the Ocean Endeavor.

In order to accommodate the heavy workload that the fjord-bound vessel undertakes, the Ocean Endeavor needed to be refitting with powerful engines that offer enhanced performance and speed. Steve Weber, the owner of Adventure Bound Alaska needed engines that could replace the aging Detroit Diesels in the new Ocean Endeavor, without sacrificing performance.  Weber was looking for engines that offered reliability, maximum uptime and greater power availability. These factors would allow his new vessel to accelerate faster and operate for longer hours – meaning longer uninterrupted tours for passengers.

Having worked with Pacific Power Group’s Marine team in the past, Weber was confident that PPG would supply an engine fit for the heavy operational hours of his new tour boat along with reliable service and support. PPG’s team supplied the Ocean Endeavor with two Volvo Penta D11-510 engines that are designed to deliver better day-to-day reliability. The reliability that these Volvo Penta engines offer will permit operators of the Ocean Endeavor to take passengers on full-day tours, meaning entire days of Alaskan wonder and sight-seeing.

With travel logs that often exceed 140 nautical miles per day, this Volvo Penta engine ensures that the newly repowered Ocean Endeavor is properly powered to support the 33 percent increase in passengers on the new vessel that will be taking to the scenic waters around Juneau, Alaska.