Seakeeper will debut the Seakeeper 3, a stabilizer designed for boats between 30 and 39 feet, at the Nov. 3-7 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The Seakeeper 3 is the smallest and lightest Seakeeper unit yet and the first to run exclusively on 12-volt DC power with no need for a generator or AC input.
“It’s our intention within six months to introduce a smaller, lighter and more price-competitive product,” Seakeeper sales and marketing vice president Andrew Semprevivo told Trade Only Today this summer. “We’ll still be targeting the 30- to 40-foot market, but we’re going to reduce weight, footprint and cost.”
Seakeeper has grown in the last year, Semprevivo said in August, with sales of units on boats under 50 feet up about 125 percent from the prior year.
“That’s really fueled our fire to get more products to market that will work [on smaller boats],” he said.
The Seakeeper 3 is 25 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than the Seakeeper 5 and is the first unit optimized and streamlined for 30- to 39-foot boats, the company said.
“The Seakeeper 3 is an exciting next step in our ongoing goal to bring stabilization to the boating mainstream by offering our innovative technology on smaller and smaller vessels,” Semprevivo said in a statement.
“By offering an optimized solution for boats between 30 and 39 feet long, Seakeeper is offering stabilization solutions to a whole new range of boats for the first time. It truly is our biggest, smallest thing yet.”
The Seakeeper 3 has a newly designed touch-screen control panel that allows users to capture real-time performance information, and the company said it is the lowest-priced model in its product line.
Seakeeper is now also trying to eliminate another barrier to refitting smaller boats by offering a customized leaning post design. In these cases no major structural modifications are required when installing the Seakeeper 3 and the unit can be installed and ready to use in as little as two days, the company said.