March 16 2021
Jean-Pierre (the first name has been changed) placed an order for a 40-foot-long, 5-ton motorboat, equipped with two Volvo Penta D4 Z-Drive blocks, for delivery in June, at the beginning of the boating season.
Unfortunately, due to industrial problems at its foundry in Skövde, Sweden, Volvo Penta announced in February that it would not be able to fulfill the order, which would ultimately cancel the sale.
The shipyard's technical teams and the dealer concerned found an alternative, which Jean-Pierre quickly accepted, which consisted of replacing the two Volvo Penta D4 DPI diesel blocks (4 cylinders in line, 3.7 liters of displacement for 270 hp), with two Mercury Mercruiser MD3.0 blocks (6 cylinders, 3.0 liters for 270 hp with Bravo 3X propellers).
A very judicious choice for the yachtsman, for 6 main reasons, as the dealer explained to Yachting Art Magazine:
Advantages that make the dealer say that, as a general rule, shipyards should offer at least two engine choices on their units, for more flexibility...