Since its launch in Australia earlier this year, sales for the Seakeeper 1, have eclipsed all expectations.
Boaties are gaining a deeper appreciation for the benefits of stabilisers and a greater understanding of the differences in technology between the respective brands, ultimately leading to strong demand for the Seakeeper gyro.
The Seakeeper 1 gyroscopic stabiliser is the smallest, most affordable boat stabiliser ever from the company. Designed for models from 7-9m, weighing up to 5.5 tonnes, the new Seakeeper 1 runs off a 12V DC battery power rather than a 240V generator. That means it can be used on everything from outboard-powered RIBs and sports boats to compact cruisers and pilothouse craft.
The heart of the system is a compact new flywheel encased in a sealed vacuum that spins at up to 9,750rpm. The lack of air resistance enables the flywheel to spin roughly three times faster than would otherwise be the case, which in turn means it weighs up to two-thirds less and draws roughly half the power of a conventional flywheel. The whole unit weighs 165kg and consumes between 25-55 amps, depending on how hard it has to work.
Several Seakeeper 1 units have been installed in popular Australian brands such as Whitley, Grady-White, Cobia, Veitch Boats, Cootacraft, Edencraft and the Haines Group who are fitting Seakeeper 1 units into two Haines Signature 788SF’s as a factory fitted option.
Aiding the local growth and popularity of the smaller Seakeepers in the range, Australian distributor Twin Disc Pacific has appointed several new Seakeeper DC Dealers to help promote the Seakeeper brand.
The DC range including the Seakeeper 1, 2 & 3 is perfectly suited for trailerable fishing and family boats. While Australian trailer boat manufacturers have embraced the Seakeeper 1, Kiwi builders have yet to install one in a trailer boat.