Swedish firm claims most Italian yacht-builders are now using Humphree interceptors and fin stabilisers
Humphree, the Swedish pioneer developer of the interceptors that have replaced trim tabs in so many applications, has reported that they are now supplying product to most of Italy’s major yacht-builders.
In particular, the company’s recently introduced electric stabilisers are proving popular, replacing the gyro stabilisers that were previously used.
“The attraction of the electrically powered stabilisers is their quiet operation and effectiveness,” says Humphree MD Per Landegren. “They can work at both cruising speeds and when at anchor as a zero-speed unit, and they occupy minimum space within the hull. Our patented electric systems allow an instant response that has attracted major builders such as Azimut and Ferretti.”
Humphree moved into larger premises three years ago to cope with an expected demand from production boatbuilders. ”The new premises were purpose designed and cover an area of 1400sq m, but there is also additional land for future expansion if we need it,” Landegren adds.
Volvo Penta took a controlling share in the company in 2016, but that has not made any changes to the company. “We are still free to develop and market our own products, which allows us to respond quickly to market changes,” says Landegren. ”One of the big disappointments is that the major British builders such as Sunseeker and Princess have not followed in the footsteps of their Italian competitors, but we are hopeful that will change as the benefits of the Humphree systems are appreciated.”