Originally Posted by FF
"Somehow, Volvo is picking up a lot of builders. Most still offer other options but some seem to have signed exclusive deals."
Nothing new , when I was boat building in the 70's Volvo always has the lowest cost engines for OEM purchase.
AS long as Volvo did enough advertising , a Volvo powered boat could be sold , and saving a couple of grand was nice for the builder.
Well, the lake we lived on had a lot of Volvo I/O's and they performed well and had excellent service. I attribute that to the dealers who were very good. These dealers had sold all that were on the lake so knew what engines and drives were out there that they needed to keep parts for. In that situation, Volvo was a good option. However, when cruising from port to port, state to state, country to country, it's a very different story. I know of someone who has had significant issues recently with a Prestige with IPS. Yes, some problems with boat construction and some with the engines, but the biggest single problem is the dealer and their mechanics. They don't fix the simplest of things, so definitely can't handle the engines and drives. Unfortunately, that's not isolated. So, put me on a small lake with excellent service and they're fine, but put me anywhere else in the world cruising and no thanks.