Metal Shark, Chesapeake, Virginia, recently installed Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives on its 29 Defiant patrol boats.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has placed the first of such powered vessels into service, powering the 29 Defiant with twin Volvo Penta D4-225 sterndrives.
"Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives open a new dimension for the 29 Defiant platform,' said Dean Jones, Metal Shark's National Sales Manager. "The sterndrive propulsion options give us a clean transom with easier access to the stern for towing or diver support, as well as excellent performance characteristics in terms of torque, speed, maneuverability and operator control.'
"Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives with our exclusive Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) technology provide a complete integrated helm-to-prop solution with all components perfectly matched,' said Marcia Kull, Volvo Penta Vice President, marine sales for North America. "We are very proud to be a part of the City of New York's law enforcement activities.'
Jones points to Volvo Penta's formation of a specific commercial and government division as well as commercial-specific warranty as having a huge impact on the brands presence in the workboat industry. "More and more agencies in our industry are hearing that Volvo Penta is an option,' he adds.
The Volvo Penta D4-225 is a four-cylinder 3.7-liter engine designed specifically for commercial marine applications. The electronically controlled common rail fuel system provides the performance required for applications requiring fast acceleration and high top speed. The Volvo Penta DPH Duoprop high-speed drives are designed to handle torque forces while providing efficiency at all speeds, safe handling and easy maneuvering.
"We do everything under the sun – military, patrol, fire rescue, work and recreational boats,' describes Jones.
The Metal Shark 29 Defiant is a durable mono-hull pilothouse vessel constructed of 5086 aluminum alloy. It features a unique pilothouse design that employs "pillarless' glass to reduce blind spots.
In addition to the Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives, the 29 Defiant can be powered by twin outboards or inboards with water-jet drives.
Metal Shark manufactures commercial boats from 16 to 200 feet and offers Volvo Penta power options on its models over 27 feet in length. It supplies vessels to dozens of countries around the world.