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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Seakeeper Gyro

Seakeeper Gyro
Seakeeper Gyros in new sizes for every kind of boater.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not the type to get seasick, even through our four-hour voyage to Newport two years ago with 4-5 footers in my 26 foot Maxum express (although I suspect that was more to luck than my intestinal fortitude). 

The prospect of having a Seakeeper gyro at the bottom of the boat is an excellent one, considering lots of potential pain can be avoided by guests of all sea-leg status, particularly at anchor.

Within just 10 years, Seakeeper has taken the lead in 'active gyroscopic stabilization technology' (say 10 times fast).  Now, it has introduced the 5, 9, 16, 26 and 35 models to address boats - and budgets - of all sizes. 

Luckily for all of us boaters, gyros are getting smaller and more powerful.  What once were planet-sized spinning balls are reducing in size and shape to fit better into boat hulls.  As such, builders like Sea Ray and MJM are outfitting their standard boats with these gyros both for safety and comfort.  Now, boats all the way down to 30' can have Seakeeper stability.

According to Seakeeper, boats enjoy a 70-90% reduction in roll, which is massive when you think about how even a small reduction can greatly affect how you're feeling on the water.  They can now also be installed off-center (good for placing more roomy cabins aboard) and require little electrical power (something that I'm sure is subjective and that I would like to see explored more).

Finally, seakeepers start at $30,000, a modest increase over today's sky-high boat prices.  For more information, visit www.seakeeper.com.

Happy (stable) boating!

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