IBI: New Seakeeper Ride to eliminate up to 70% of underway pitch and roll
New Vessel Attitude Control System launches on Chris-Craft, Scout and Sportsman boats
Seakeeper, the yacht stabiliser manufacturer, has launched Seakeeper Ride, marking the company’s first product deviation from its line of gyrostabilisers.
The introduction of Seakeeper Ride in the marine space paved the way for the creation of a new underway stabilisation category, a Vessel Attitude Control System (VACS), derived from the Attitude Control Systems (ACS) used in air and space crafts to control pitch, roll and yaw underway.
“Seakeeper has always been committed to bringing disruptive technology that represents a wholesale change from what’s currently available,” says Seakeeper president and CEO, Andrew Semprevivo. “Seakeeper Ride isn’t an incremental improvement; it transforms what it feels like to be on a running boat. We’re drastically changing the boating experience… again.”
Eliminating up to 70% of underway pitch and roll motions that often cause uncomfortable slamming, Seakeeper Ride contributes to increased safety and providing comfort, control, and confidence to all on board.
Seakeeper Ride controllers mount to the boat’s transom below the waterline. Using proprietary inertial sensing hardware and software, the system takes 1,000 measurements per second to understand the boat’s behaviour in all three axes. It then commands deployment of the custom-designed rotary blades, making 100 adjustments per second at speeds of up to 300mm/s, creating lift that manages vessel motion instantaneously.
Additional benefits include list control, auto trim, hole shot control, coordinated turn and more.
Chris-Craft Boats, Scout Boats and Sportsman Boats are joining Seakeeper Ride as exclusive launch partners, making the product standard equipment across a wide range of models.
“The Seakeeper Ride system is the next big thing in boating,” said Chris-Craft Boats VP of Engineering, Ron Berman. “In my years in the industry, I have never experienced a system that improved the ride, handling, andpredictability of operating a boat in the way Seakeeper Ride does. All of us at Chris-Craft are looking forward to offering our customers a superior boating experience.”
At launch, three products with varying blade sizes will be available: Seakeeper Ride 450 for boats from 19ft-26ft, Seakeeper Ride 525 for boats from 27ft-30ft, and Seakeeper Ride 600 for boats from 31ft-35ft. Initially, Seakeeper Ride will be available as standard equipment only on select models from Sportsman Boats, Chris-Craft Boats, and Scout Boats as early as September 2022, with plans to increase OEM offerings in the coming year, as well as retail sales for DIY installation.