Nothing beats being out on the water, but for many people the side to side motion (known as boat roll) can be nauseating.
Even experienced boaters are often bothered by this when they’re in rougher waters, which can ruin an otherwise perfect experience.
But it’s not just seasickness you need to worry about. A boat that’s rocking severely back and forth is also a safety hazard, especially for young children.
Luckily, Seakeeper offers several different stabilizer gyros that help eliminate this issue, making the time you spend on your boat even more enjoyable.
In this article, we’ll go over how a stabilizer gyro works and the options you have for your boat.
Stabilizer gyros use large spinning disks that are mounted inside a gimbal frame, which is then mounted to the boat.
The disk is very heavy and spins at extremely high speeds. As the boat begins to move side to side, the disk angles forward and imposes a great deal of force on the hull, which counteracts the effects of boat roll. The gyro is controlled by software that’s able to sense the motion of the boat and determine how much force is necessary.
It used to be that stabilizing gyros were only found in larger vessels, but Seakeeper has developed several smaller models for boats between 23’ and 39’. These gyros are industry leaders and have been proven to eliminate 95% of boat roll in even the roughest conditions.
The Seakeeper 1 is designed for boats 23’ – 30’ in length. It uses a flush-mount design which makes installation extremely easy. This model can be installed virtually anywhere on your boat, which is great for vessels with limited available space. It keeps things simple by running on 12V DC power.
The Seakeeper 2 is ideal for vessels that are 31’ – 35’. It’s based on the popular Seakeeper 3 but is 25% lighter and 20% smaller. It measures about two feet per side, allowing it to easily be installed in smaller spaces. Like the Seakeeper 1, it uses 12V DC power and can run for up to six hours.
Finally, there’s the Seakeeper 3, which is designed for boats that are 36’ – 39’. While it’s slightly bigger than the Seakeeper 2, measuring at about 27” per side, it’s still compact enough to make installation easy on a variety of boats. Just like the previous two models, it runs on 12V DC power.
A good stabilizer gyro can greatly improve your experience out on the water. It allows people who are prone to seasickness to fully enjoy their time on the boat, and it helps prevent passengers from falling overboard in rougher conditions.