“It’s been the biggest revolution in the marine industry since the introduction of Common Rail technology in engines back in 2005-2006,” says Galati yacht broker Jim Azzolini. This miraculous piece of technology is better known as the Seakeeper. The Seakeeper has changed the dynamic of cruising and fishing for years to come. Since its introduction it has changed many boaters’ lives, the excitement of the Seakeeper turning on and the boat settling is priceless.
If you’re not sure what a Seakeeper is, here’s a bit of background information for you. The Seakeeper is a computer-controlled gyroscope that eliminates up to 95% of boat roll (the side-to-side motion). This can help reduce the seasickness, fatigue, and anxiety some people experience while on board. The Seakeeper is lightweight, usually 2-4% of the weight of the boat. It can also be installed virtually anywhere on board and accommodates most boat models over 27’. Its computerized control and vacuum technology make it the first truly practical, and only modern, anti-roll gyro.
Inside a vacuum encapsulation, a flywheel spins at speeds of up to 9,700 rpm. When the boat rolls, the gyro tilts fore and aft, producing a powerful gyroscopic torque to port and starboard that counteracts the boat roll. View the videos below to learn more.
How It Works: Cruising Yacht How It Works: Center Console
Of course, the main benefit of a Seakeeper is to reduce the rolling of a boat for a better boating experience, but there are other benefits that come along with it. As mentioned above, with reduced rolling comes a better user and guest experience. Less seasickness occurs along with less anxiety and fatigue for those onboard. Your guests will be able to enjoy their time on the water without feeling nauseous the whole time. A stabilizer will also help your fishing game, with calm waters there will be no distractions when throwing a cast net, hooking a line, or tying a line. Not to mention a Seakeeper is a low maintenance addition to a vessel and requires little upkeep.
Seeing the value this technology brings to the table, many buyers today are not as focused as in the past, on one particular model or hull being a better ride than a manufactures predecessor. Most buyers simply ask if the vessel has a Seakeeper or if it can be outfitted with one.
While you can add a Seakeeper after you purchase a boat, why not save the time and installation costs? Don’t miss out on precious time on the water with your new boat. With more than 8,500 Seakeepers installed globally, there are plenty of pre-owned vessels that have a Seakeeper already installed. Take a look at some of our available inventory of Seakeeper-stabilized, meticulously-kept yachts.