It's Seakeeper Season
Published: Friday, May 3, 2019
As the refit season draws to a close and summer is nipping at our heels, it’s the last chance rush to get all the boat-fixes done before every weekend is spent blissfully on the water. One of the many refits gaining popularity among Great Lakes boaters is the installation of Seakeeper, a gyro stabilizer capable of eliminating up to 95% of boat roll in vessels over 27’.
A Gyro What?
Gyroscopes aren’t new. Large ships were using them for stabilization more than a century ago, but they proved far too large and heavy for mass adoption. Seakeeper found a way to bring that technology to the everyday boater. So, how does it work? Inside a vacuum-enclosed sphere, a steel flywheel spins at speeds of up to 9,700 rpm. When the boat rolls, the Seakeeper tilts fore and aft (precesses), producing a powerful gyroscopic torque to port and starboard, that counteracts the boat roll. It works both at rest and underway and can be installed virtually anywhere.
Safety with Stabilization
One of the many draws to gyro stabilization is the safety it provides in all weather conditions. With many families enjoying what the Great Lakes have to offer, stabilization offers some peace of mind with small children and older adults on board. It’s also been effective in helping prevent seasickness by eliminating the side-to-side roll, the major cause of the illness many of us feel in the chop.
New Lake Erie Dealer
Pier 53 Marine on southwest Lake Erie is now a certified Seakeeper dealer in sales, installation, and service. After completing training at the Seakeeper factory in Mohnton, PA, Pier 53 Marine can service Lake Erie boaters at their Port Clinton and Sandusky, Ohio, locations.
“We’re excited to join the Seakeeper team and will continue to offer the top-notch service all of our clients have become accustomed to,” said Scot Taylor, Managing Partner at Pier 53 Marine. “Adding Seakeeper to our range of provided services proves that we’re capable – and expert – in installing and servicing the best products in the marine industry.”
This article first appeared in the Launch Issue (May/Jun) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.