Dan Fisher looks at how retrofitting new technology can improve stability and increase the yacht’s performance
Amongst the ever-increasing field of stabilizing options available to yacht owners, one of the more recently commercialised technologies is proving to offer the greatest flexibility for in-build installation, upgrade or retrofit through
its plug-and-play simplicity.
While each of the many stabilizer alternatives on the market have their own strengths and purpose, gyrostabilizers stand alone in offering both underway and zero speed performance in an all-in-one package that can be easily retrofitted without needing underwater hull modifications or complex integration with existing systems.
As a leading manufacturer of gyrostabilizers, or “gyros”, designed for vessels of 20 metres to over 100 metres, VEEM Marine has maintained a development emphasis across its six model range that makes specifying and installing the right sized gyro at newbuild or as a retrofit a straightforward solution.
VEEM Marine’s proprietary GYROsim Roll Reduction Performance Prediction Reports are an important part of the company’s pre- purchase services. By providing vessel owners and their teams the opportunity to assess the predicted roll reduction performance of multiple stabilizer configurations in various sea states, an informed decision can be made around installing the prescribed stabilizing capacity, not just the biggest gyro to fit the space available.