Over the past few days, two major manufacturers of yachting equipment have announced their new interesting developments. Intersail could not pass by the new Seakeeper Ride stabilization system and the engine from the legendary company MAN
Seakeeper Ride System
New vessel position control system launches on boats from Chris-Craft, Scout and Sportsman
Seakeeper is a manufacturer of stabilizing devices for steering yachts. The manufacturer introduced its new Seakeeper Ride system.
The introduction of the Seakeeper Ride to the marine market paved the way for a new category of stabilization systems. The peculiarity of the system is that it helps to stabilize the position of the boat on the move. A similar system is used in air and space vehicles. In aircraft, it is used to control pitch, roll, and yaw while underway.
"Seakeeper has always been committed to introducing revolutionary technologies that completely change the status quo," said Seakeeper President and CEO Andrew Semprevivo. “Seakeeper Ride is not a gradual improvement; it transforms the feeling of driving a ship. We are radically changing the experience of driving a boat.”
By eliminating up to 70% pitch and roll wobble, the Seakeeper Ride enhances safety, comfort and control.
Seakeeper Ride controllers are mounted on the boat transom below the waterline. Using proprietary inertial hardware and software, the system takes 1,000 measurements per second to understand the boat's behavior in all three axes. It then commands the custom-designed pivoting vanes to deploy, making 100 adjustments per second at speeds up to 300mm/s, creating lift that instantly steers the boat.
Chris-Craft Boats, Scout Boats and Sportsman Boats have joined Seakeeper Ride as exclusive launch partners, making the product standard equipment on a wide range of models.
Three products with different blade sizes will be available at launch: the Seakeeper Ride 450 for boats from 19 to 26 feet, the Seakeeper Ride 525 for boats from 27 to 30 feet, and the Seakeeper Ride 600 for boats from 31 to 35 feet. The Seakeeper Ride will initially be available as standard equipment on select models of Sportsman Boats, Chris-Craft Boats and Scout Boats as early as September 2022. Next year it is planned to increase the offer for OEMs, as well as start DIY retail sales for any boat.
New engine from MAN
New flagship model V12X with 30L capacity and 2,200 HP. will lead the line of engines for pleasure yachts. German company MAN Truck and Bus has confirmed that it will present its most powerful 12-cylinder pleasure craft engine at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival.
Described as “the next generation of yacht engines”, the new 30-litre V12X with 2,200 horsepower (1,618 kW) at 2,300 rpm is the most powerful model in the range of high-speed diesel engines for pleasure craft.
“The MAN V12X marks the start of the next generation of yacht engines,” said Werner Kübler, head of engineering at MAN Engines. “We are celebrating this milestone in engine technology with the new name V12X and giving the distinctive engine cover an X-shaped design.” Modification MAN V12X is accompanied by an additional displacement for shipyards. As always, we have maintained the excellent power-to-weight ratio for which MAN engines are renowned.”
The first MAN V12X will be on display at the MAN engines Vieux Port stand in Cannes from 6 to 11 September.
MAN Truck and Bus is a company of the Traton Group with more than 34,000 employees worldwide.
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