Wow There's A 10,000 RPM Gyroscopic Stabilizer For 'Your' Boat Now

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If you spend a lot of time on boats (I don’t, but it’s kind of an aspiration) you’re no doubt familiar with the sensation of roll. If you’re prone to seasickness, that rolling might be keeping you off the high seas entirely and limiting your ability to “vibe” or “chill”—it’s fucking disgusting.

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But—and I have no earthly idea how I found this—there’s a company called Seakeeper that sells a little gyroscope you can put in your boat to keep it from rolling almost entirely. Check it out these jabronis goofing around with it:

It’s cool! If I had a boat—and again, I do not have one—I’d be all over this little thing until I realized the cheapest, smallest one meant for 23-29 footers costs about $15k.

Still a neat idea—seal a heavy flywheel in a vacuum, get it spinning at around 10,000 RPM and tilt it to counteract the rolling and the rolling stops. It’s cooled by a glycol and water mixture and according to Seakeeper, it requires very little power. The company has been making big ones for boats up to 85 tons for years and says it can rig up several of those 3920 lb, $231,800 units to stabilize boats even bigger than that. I bet!

Here’s how the small one works:

This may be a stretch for your aluminum fishing boat, but if you were running a charter fishing operation, I’d imagine the ability to take a handful shit-housed groomsmen out after some lakers without having one of them hoark all over your deck would make such a gizmo worth the time spent on a credit application.

It would be fun to put one in the trunk of a Lemons car and rip it around a track like Laguna Seca. I wonder if the judges would consider it safety equipment...

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DISCUSSION

scottingham
Scottingham

How long does it take to spin up? Can it work when the boat is underway?

I wonder how the bearings hold up after being slammed by waves...seems like a failure would be bad news.