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Cheoy Lee repowers flybridge yacht with Volvo Penta IPS

Cheoy Lee’s Bravo 72 flybridge yacht will soon be offered with Volvo Penta’s D13-IPS1350. The yacht-builder unveiled the Bravo 72 earlier this year with Volvo Penta D13-IPS1050.

Cheoy Lee has now chosen to offer the vessel with a higher power output since the launch of Volvo Penta’s highest performance unit, D13-IPS1350, which came onto the market earlier this year. Cheoy Lee has its headquarters in Hong Kong, with shipyards in mainland China and the USA, serving an international roster of clients.

“We chose Volvo Penta IPS in the first place because of its excellent performance, high power-to-weight ratio, and low emissions, noise and vibrations,” says But-Yang Lo, vice president of Cheoy Lee Shipyards North America. “But since the launch of the new Volvo Penta IPS package, we decided to take advantage of the higher output it offers so that our customers can get the best possible performance with this boat.”

The Cheoy Lee company has been building vessels since 1870, from ferries to tugboats to today’s selection of large motor-yachts. The family-run company prides itself on its commitment to providing quality, pioneering technology and high-class design.

The 72-foot Bravo has fuel capacity of 1,060 USG and a full-load displacement of 94,000 lbs. It is made from fiberglass, aluminum and steel, conceived by naval architect, Howard Apollonio; its luxuriously-designed interior, with four state-rooms, was created by Sylvia Bolton. The flybridge yacht is currently powered by twin Volvo Penta D13-IPS1050.

“With the D13-IPS1350, customers can operate the boat at a higher speed with increased maneuverability in comfort and safety, without sacrificing fuel efficiency,” says Lo. “These benefits make it a really attractive option for our customers.”

Volvo Penta’s D13-IPS1350 is an integrated package that matches the company’s latest and strongest D13 engine with an upgraded IPS pod drive. As a complete package, the new D13-IPS1350 has all the traditional benefits of the system in providing a seamless link from helm to propellers. When compared to a traditional inboard shaft engine installation, Volvo Penta IPS provides a longer cruising range, higher top speed, reduced fuel consumption and emissions, reduced vibration, and lower onboard noise levels. The configuration also allows for more space on board.

Upgrades to the IPS pod drive have been made to match the new engine. The D13-IPS1350 package is available in twin, triple or quadruple installation; the latter of these provides power to the equivalent of 5400hp. Improved features on the new IPS drive can also be fitted on existing IPS units.

“We’re really pleased, of course, that Cheoy Lee has chosen to install our latest IPS package in their new Bravo 72,” says Peter Karlsson, vice president of sales and marketing at Volvo Penta in the Asia Pacific Region. “As the D13-IPS1350 is our strongest engine and propulsion unit, we are expecting top-end performance of this boat, with the ability to reach over 30 knots. I think customers will have a great time in the Bravo 72, powered by Volvo Penta.”

Pictured: Cheoy Lee’s Bravo 72 flybridge yacht will soon be offered with Volvo Penta’s D13-IPS1350.

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