Re: Wide open throttle

Mohammad Shirloo

Hello David and welcome to the Amel Family;


  1. The advice of most knowledgeable Volvo mechanics that we have run into, has been to run the engine at 2000-2200 RPMs (about 80% max) for 1-2 minutes at the end of every day of motoring. We used to run at max RPM for 2 minutes every 2 weeks, but did end up with some carbon buildup ( we think) that led to the actuator arm on the turbo variable geometry getting sticky. We have been doing the daily rev up for one season and seem to have had good results.
  2. Normal engine temp is 80 Celsius, which is what the thermostat is set at. At wide open throttle (held for up to 2 minutes) , we have never seen more than 1 degree temperature rise to 81 C.
  3. Our cruising RPM is 1350 with the Brunton’s H6 prop which gets up to about 6.6 knots in calm conditions and clean bottom and prop, the cockpit noise is extremely low and comfortable and we average about 3.7 l/hour.  


Happy Sailing;



Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099


From: <> On Behalf Of David Odell via
Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2022 4:30 AM
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Wide open throttle


This is my first post as my wife Susan and I just bought A54 #153, originally named Aora, now Dragonfly. Excited to be a part of this community, and what great boats these Amels!


My question pertains to running the Volvo Penta at wide open throttle. I previously had a trawler with a 170 hp Lugger diesel. The Lugger technical support manager advised the fleet to run the engine at wide open throttle after 6-8 hours of engine usage. We would run wide open throttle for 5-10 minutes to burn off all of the carbon build up and to heat up the gaskets and seals. Engine temperature would go from 180 degrees F to about 195 degrees F. We would never let the engine temperature exceed 205 degrees F. 


A few questions:


1.  Do you run your Volvo Penta at wide open throttle and for how long?


2. What is your normal engine running temperature, and what does the temperature reach at wide open throttle?


3. Under normal engine operating conditions, is there an RPM “sweet spot” where the engine is happy and the fuel burn is efficient?


Thanks in advance. 



David Odell

A54 #153 Dragonfly

Southport, North Carolina

Currently lying Le Marin, Martinique

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