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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.

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DSC8065 - Pacific Power Group

A new charter fishing boat built by ACI Boats and recently delivered to Puffin Fishing Charters will be taking fishermen on more thrilling fishing adventures with its new Volvo Penta engines from Pacific Power Group.

The aluminum 36’, 12-passenger Sorceress will take Puffin’s guests out on Resurrection Bay and the waters near Seward, Alaska for world-class salmon, halibut, rockfish and cod fishing.

With such expansive territory to cover on their trips, the Sorceress depends on its twin Volvo Penta D6-330 diesel Duoprop sterndrive propulsion system and their cruising speed of 28 knots to get to the fishing grounds faster – which leaves their guests more time to land big catches.

_DSC8012 ShrunkThe design of the Volvo Penta diesel engines and Duoprop propulsion system helps the Sorceress accelerate faster and make the boat quieter, as well as highly maneuverable and responsive, all critical features for fishing tours in Alaska’s fjords.

The system helps lower operating costs for Puffin Fishing Charters by lowering their fuel consumption by up to 30 percent. With the Volvo Penta system’s higher fuel efficiency, the vessel has a range of 300+ nautical miles. The engines are also environmentally friendly as they are certified to EPA Marine Tier 3 regulations.

You can see a video of the boat in action here.

“We designed a charter fishing boat for Puffin Charter Tours that provides rugged stability and strength. The fuel efficiency of its D6 Volvo Penta engines and their unbeatable uptime are a perfect match for the day-to-day needs of Puffin Charter Tours,” said Cory Armstrong at ACI Boats.

_DSC8013 shrunkACI Boats, a partner of Pacific Power Group, designed and built the boat at their Port Townsend, Wash., yard. The Sorceress is fully outfitted for fishing charter charters with fish lockers, bait locker, fish cleaning station and rod holders. Construction of the boat was completed in May and it was delivered to Puffin Marine in early June.

The vessel will be serviced by Seward Heavy Industrial power, the Volvo Penta authorized dealer in Seward, Alaska. The local support ensures Puffin Marine that parts and service support are readily available when needed.

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volvo-penta-prince-of-whales - Pacific Power Group

The Salish Sea Dream to be powered with greater reliability, lower noise and fuel consumption

Our marine team is powering a new custom-built vessel for whale watching with Volvo Penta engines, engine monitoring and throttle controls that will improve the experience for Prince of Whales passengers.

The currently-under-construction Salish Sea Dream will be powered by our team with four Volvo Penta D13-700 Inboard turbo diesel engines that will each supply 700 HP at 2300 RPM, providing faster acceleration and better ability to maintain high top speed. This allows Prince of Whales to offer passengers greater whale watching experiences, additional viewing opportunities and extended tours.

The vessel’s Volvo Penta engines also offer the Dream dependability, low weight & fuel consumption, lower operating costs and the reliability demanded for tour operations. The engines were also selected for their environmental benefits with low exhaust emissions, certified to US EPA Tier 3 commercial marine and IMO II standards. Further environmental benefits are achieved with a longer engine oil change interval of 1,000 hours, reducing oil usage and waste oil management in addition to significant cost savings for the operator. Our marine division also supplied Volvo Penta Electronic Vessel Controls (EVC) and throttle controls to complement the propulsion system.

“The Volvo Penta commercial marine engine line has expanded our ability to meet the needs of the commercial market,” said Bill Mossey, vice president of Pacific Power Group. “With Volvo Penta D13 engines powering the Salish Sea Dream, Prince of Whales will see more uptime and greater reliability that will increase the profitability of their operations.”

whale during prince of whales whale watching expeditionThe Salish Sea Dream is currently under construction at Armstrong Marine’s Port Angeles, Washington location. Pacific Power Group is a longtime partner of Armstrong Marine, who are ISO 9001 certified and trusted to provide high-quality aluminum boats and barges around the world. Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects designed the vessel which will hold up to 94 passengers and will be compact and maneuverable at 24 meters, allowing the boat to get close to shore for wildlife viewing. The Dream is expected to launch and be delivered in May 2016.

“The Volvo Penta D13 has proven to be a hardy workhorse for commercial operators.  With exceptional torque at low RPMs and unmatched fuel efficiency and low emissions, it is the perfect engine to power the Salish Sea Dream for up close viewing of these amazing animals in their natural environment.  Volvo Penta is proud to be onboard with Price of Whales, Armstrong Marine, Gregory C. Marshall, and Pacific Power to deliver the very best,” said Marcia Kull, vice president of Volvo Penta of the Americas.


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