Volvo’s Easy Connect Gives Full Vessel Access With A Finger Swipe
Boat owners can now take to the water with all the information they need in the palm of their hands. Volvo Penta’s new Easy Connect app gives boat owners access to engine, boat and route data directly on their smartphone or tablet. The free-to-download app is paired with an onboard Bluetooth® interface installed in the boat, which transfers data. This gives instant live access while onboard and information for referencing later when back on land. Route history is automatically stored within the app, which is a perfect tool to plan for future trips.
The stored data in the app helps boaters to relive their experiences. Each journey includes details, such as a map with the route of the trip, the distance, driving time from start to finish, as well as the date.
Easy Connect also simplifies service and support. In the case that there is a diagnostic trouble code, the app provides access to data about the complete Volvo Penta installation in the boat. Customers can also store the email address of their local dealer in the app, so that they can easily send any information or fault code a very useful function when booking a service or inspection. This enhanced communication allows the dealer to prepare efficiently for support and servicing.
Easy Connect is compatible with all EVC-equipped diesel and gasoline engines in single and twin installations. It is also compatible with non-EVC gasoline single installations from the model year 2006 and onwards. The interface includes NMEA 2000 functionality, enabling it to be connected to an existing NMEA communications network onboard. This allows additional data to be accessed, such as speed and depth sensors. Furthermore, the interface can be used to convert engine data into NMEA 2000-compatible chart plotters and multi-function displays onboard.
It is easy to get connected. The first step is to install the Easy Connect interface in the boat as purchase from a Volvo Penta dealer. Customers can either install the interface themselves or receive assistance from the dealer. The Easy Connect app can be downloaded for free. Volvo Penta is continuing to pioneer ways of making boating easier for customers. Easy Connect is the latest example of this forward-thinking approach. The Easy Connect app is available for smartphones and tablets via iOS 10 or a later version, and will be launched for Android devices this year.
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Galvanic Corrosion Issues Unique To Outboards Explained
Below the power head, outboards have a significant amount of aluminum. Counter to common understanding, engine manufacturers almost exclusively choose aluminum anodes to protect their products against galvanic corrosion.
Advances in metallurgy have introduced hybrid alloys such as Navalloy® from Performance Metals. It contains 5% zinc and a trace of the chemical element indium. Superior to other materials, it generates a lower voltage for increased protection, yet offers a longer service life: 30-50% more than zinc and four times that of magnesium. This makes the ideal material to use when protecting aluminum. It can be used with any hull material and in any salinity. Unlike zinc, it is environmentally friendly.
Outboard engines offer owners a wide range of benefits, one being the ease of replacing anodes. Owners simply raise the prop out of the water and, ensuring the key is out of the ignition or kill cord disconnected, unbolt the old anodes and swap them with new. As a visual cue, Navalloy offers the patented Red Spot Wear Indicator. As the metal corrodes, a bright red bar appears, indicating it is time to replace.
Performance Metals manufactures Navalloy anodes for a wide range of engines, including Evinrude, Honda, Johnson, Mercruiser, Mercury, Volvo Penta and Yamaha. Made in the USA, the alloy is manufactured to military specification MIL-DTL-24779B(SH) and meets ABYC requirements.
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