Volvo Penta Ocean Series XDP Sterndrive


Volvo Penta designed its new Ocean Series XDP Drive for the extreme conditions of salt water fishing. The case and gimbal ring of the sterndrive are built of a vinylester-matrix composite that offers lightweight strength in a hydrodynamic design that reduces drag, according to the manufacturer. The counter-rotating duoprop drive comes with a choice of stainless-steel props or composite props with replaceable blades. According to Volvo Penta, a jack-shaft version is in the offing, which would allow the engine to be placed amidships on a center console and open up the cockpit for fishing. In its first production year, the Ocean Series drives will be matched to 4.3- and 5-liter gasoline and 2.4-liter diesel Volvo Penta engines. Volvo Penta, Chesapeake, VA; (757) 436-2800;