The Science of Yacht Stabilization

The Science of Yacht Stabilization

August 12, 2019

When you invest in yacht stabilization, like the Seakeeper Gyro, you gain the opportunity to enjoy a well-engineered solution to the rough seas around Fort Lauderdale, FL.  This greatly improves the boating experience for your passengers and reduces the chances of damage to your yacht when weather suddenly takes a bad turn. The technology is far superior to the previous use of fins and is less likely to get damaged or injure your passengers. This is how the Seakeeper Gyro in Fort Lauderdale, FL operates and contributes to smooth sailing.

All About Torque

There are two elements to boat stabilization: torque and angular momentum. Seakeepers use a flywheel system to produce torque that works with sea conditions to smooth out the ride. With the torque, the Seakeeper produces angular momentum that allows for further stability. By adapting to the ocean movement and moving torque and momentum, many yacht owners enjoy better cruises. Without this stabilizing system, you experience roll that is often unsettling to those not accustomed to it.

Fins attempt to keep the boat in one place and act as a wall against the motion. While they work to smoothing out the ride to an extent, they also produce jerking motions, which can unsettle passengers and make cruises less pleasant.

Seakeepers work with natural conditions. First, the waves cause the vessels to roll. This rolling combines with the flywheel to create precision motion and a stabilizing torque. The resulting physics is called gyro-dynamics. Flywheels adapt to the direction of the roll and work in the opposite direction. The result is a stabilizing area that reduces the boat’s roll by up to 95 percent.

Improved Comfort

Fins are more common on vessels, and predate the Seakeeper. As mentioned above, they produce jerkiness that may not be much better than the roll. They work more against the roll, while gyro-dynamics makes the roll work to its advantage.

Comfort and safety from the Seakeeper is not limited to onboard the yacht. It also promotes it outside of it. Unlike the Seakeeper, fins are not self-contained, and risk injuring swimmers. With a Seakeeper system, guests can swim outside the yacht and never worry about the fins.

Fins can also be destroyed by grounding or floating debris. Without this risk, there is a reduced chance of incidents on the water and the stabilization system remains functional no matter the conditions in the sea. This alone often convinces customers that installation of a Seakeeper is most definitely worth it. Nothing puts a damper on a cruise quite like having to return to port early after a yacht sustains damage.

Installation of a Seakeeper requires anywhere from 48 hours to up to two weeks, depending on the size, make and model of your boat.  This investment in the comfort of your crew and guests is often considered worth it no matter how long installation requires.

Starboard Yacht Group, LLC is an authorized dealer of the Seakeeper Gyro yacht stabilization system in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Call us today to see how you too can benefit from the science behind Seakeeper!

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