Seakeeper Ride is the latest innovation from Seakeeper, a company that has revolutionized the boating industry with its gyroscopic stabilization technology. The Seakeeper Ride is a smart trim tab system that uses sensors and gyroscopes to monitor and adjust the position of the boat in real-time, providing a more stable and comfortable ride for those on board.
Trim tabs are devices located on the back of a boat that can be adjusted to change the angle of the hull. This can help to improve stability and reduce the amount of roll experienced by those on board. However, traditional trim tabs are typically manually adjusted by the operator, and do not account for changes in sea conditions or the weight distribution of the boat.
The Seakeeper Ride system is different. It uses advanced sensors and gyroscopes to monitor the boat's position and make real-time adjustments to the trim tabs reducing roll, pitch and yaw while underway by 70%. This means that the boat stays level and stable, even in rough seas or when weight distribution changes.
The Seakeeper Ride comes in 3 models: Ride 450, Ride 525, and the Ride 600, which are sized to cover boat sizes between 19’ and 35’. Requirements for installation include having trim tabs that are mounted on the transom, a compatible MFD, a planing hull with a cruising speed of over 20kts. Currently, Seakeeper Ride is only available for boats with up to 3 outboards, but they are available for any number of inboards. If the current trim tabs on the boat are mounted in a pocket, then additional fiberglass work will be required for proper installation.
The Seakeeper Ride system is designed to work seamlessly with Seakeeper's gyroscopic stabilization technology, creating an incredibly stable and comfortable ride for those on board. The Seakeeper Ride Trim Tab is also incredibly easy to use, with integration into a chartplotter that allows the operator to adjust the system as needed.
One of the key advantages of the Seakeeper Ride Trim Tab is its ability to improve fuel efficiency. The Seakeeper Ride system begins working at 10 kts, and reaches full stability at roughly 20 kts. By keeping the boat level and stable, the system reduces drag and can help to reduce fuel consumption while only drawing 7-10 amps while underway. This makes it an attractive option for those who want to save money on fuel costs.
The Seakeeper Ride Trim Tab is also designed to be incredibly durable and reliable. It is made from high-quality materials and is built to withstand the harsh marine environment with a drivetrain that is completely sealed in a dry and greased environment with no mechanical saltwater exposure. The system is backed by Seakeeper's industry-leading warranty (2-years from installation) and customer support, providing peace of mind for boat owners.
Maintenance for the Seakeeper Ride is straightforward: Anodes should be replaced yearly, Seakeeper Ride approved bottom paint should be used if the boat is stored in the water for more than 2 weeks at a time, and marine growth should be removed as required.
Seakeeper Ride system is a game-changing technology that is set to revolutionize the boating industry. With its advanced and automated features, this system provides a more stable and comfortable ride for those on board while also improving fuel efficiency and reliability.