“What was once the exception is now the expectation,” Seakeeper president and CEO Andrew Semprevivo said as he introduced the Seakeeper 1 ahead of the Miami boat shows. It’s the smallest gyrostabilizer from the manufacturer, whose brand name — like Kleenex or Xerox — has become interchangeable with its product.
The newest model is intended to bring stabilization to the masses. The Seakeeper 1 is designed for boats from 23 to 30 feet and up to 11,000 pounds. Like the larger units in Seakeeper’s lineup, this one will eliminate up to 95 percent of a boat’s rolling motion, Semprevivo says. “Since Seakeeper started, this is the product we wanted to bring to the industry,” he adds.
The Seakeeper 1 earned the Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award for Mechanical and Electrical Systems, in part for the number of features that sets it apart from other Seakeepers. It’s housed in a flush-mounted case that’s just under 16 inches tall — a design that allows more installation options, including beneath on-deck seating. Another first: The unit comes with what Seakeeper calls the ConnectBox, a control keypad atop the case that allows the user to control the stabilizer from the helm or directly from the unit. Connectivity to multifunction displays from Garmin, Simrad and Raymarine is also still available.
The fact that the Seakeeper 1 relies on 12-volt DC power obviates the need for a generator, and the unit draws only 55 amps. It tips the scales at a trim 350 pounds. Spool-up time has also been trimmed: The manufacturer says the Seakeeper 1 is ready to stabilize after 15 minutes. “We wanted to provide builders more options and flexibility,” Semprevivo says.
To meet demand, Seakeeper recently expanded its Mohnton, Penn., facility that houses unit-assembly, development and testing teams. Seakeeper says it can now build around 20,000 units a year.
More than a dozen boatbuilders, including Cobia, Jupiter, Regal, SeaVee and Sea Pro, plan to integrate the Seakeeper 1 into their lineups from 23 to 30 feet, Semprevivo says. Availability for the $14,900 unit is expected to start in June.
This article originally appeared in the April 2020 issue.