4 Reasons Why You Need Your Unique Marine Gyro Stabilizers
Can you imagine watching $10 million sink into the Atlantic Ocean? That?s exactly what one family and the crew members onboard a 106-foot luxury yacht did off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January 2016. As reported by CNN News, all 13 people were rescued safely by the Coast Guard.
Less than two hours after the boat began taking on water, it was fully submerged. The ship?s first officer Perry Thomas said he suspected that one of the boat stabilizers was damaged, creating a hole that allowed in water.
Most recently, a 42-foot boat sank on the Trent-Severn Waterway in Canada. Unfortunately, not only did it sink, but it spilled diesel into the Severn River. It?s unknown exactly how much fuel was spilled, but there were over 230 gallons onboard. Like the larger yacht, initial evidence points to damage of the boat stabilizers.
The problem with most boat stabilizers is that any damage they suffer can potentially sink a boat. If the stabilization systems installed on these boats were state-of-the-art breakaway gyro-gale stabilizers, it?s possible their skippers would still be sailing them today.
Traditional hydraulic stabilization symptoms have a driveshaft on the outside of the boat that allows their fins to rotate. This driveshaft then goes into the boat via a hole on the bottom of the vessel to help carry the weight of the fin(s) and to rotate them.
While the hole is tightly sealed to prevent water from coming in under normal circumstances, damage to stabilizers from rocks or other debris can cause damage to the driveshaft. This can cause problems that allow even the largest and most expensive of boats with top-of- the-line hydraulic stabilizers to sink.
Stabilizer manufacturers say damage to their systems won?t cause a boat to sink. However, their heavy hydraulic equipment is not designed to handle some of the issues from damage to the hull, as evidenced by the two boats mentioned above.
Hydraulic boat stabilizers damaged under the surface can cause the driveshaft to break and fall out of the boat, leaving a gaping hole. Though the stabilizers are simply supposed to break off and fall into the ocean, this is often not the case. Emergency seals in place around the driveshaft often suffer damage or simply fail to protect against the water if the driveshaft breaks apart.
Here is why you need Your unique marine gyro stabilizers to help protect your investment.
- Powered by air, our boat stabilization system uses multiple fins that simply breakaway upon heavy impact. Damage to our system will never damage the hull.
- Our lightweight boat fins don?t rely on a driveshaft to bear their load, so you don?t have to worry about a hole from external damage causing your boat to take on water.
- Our clean systems won?t leak hazardous diesel or other pollutants into our beautiful South Florida waterways.
- You can easily replace hydraulic systems with our pneumatic stabilizers. Our stabilizers are so compact, they make retrofitting or new installation a breeze if you choose to install them yourself on your trawler, yacht, or other sailing vessel.
Ready to upgrade to our gyro stabilizers for boats so you can avoid watching your craft fall victim to the high seas? Call us today at 772-283-1711 to order our proprietary boat stabilizers in Stuart, Florida. We offer installation at our Stuart location, come to your marina in Martin and nearby counties, or ship our marine gyro stabilizers to you.