Marine stabilisation specialist Seakeeper Inc has announced that Scout Boats and Bertram Yachts – two of the US industry’s key players – are now using Seakeeper products as standard equipment.
“Every day we’re seeing more and more builders adding Seakeeper to their models, not just as options, but as standard equipment,” says Andrew Semprevivo, Seakeeper president and CEO. “When air conditioning for cars was introduced, it was a luxury option. Now it’s standard across all brands and models. We’re heading quickly in that same direction with boat stabilisation.”
Scout Boats recently placed a record-setting order with Seakeeper, securing units for 2019 model year builds. Seakeeper will be included as standard equipment on all Scout 380 LXF and Scout 420 LXF sportfishing models, utilising the stabilising power of the Seakeeper 3 and Seakeeper 6, respectively. Standardisation for future models is also planned.
“We’ve already offered optional Seakeepers on many of our models, and we decided to standardise because of consumer demand,” said Alan Lang, Scout’s director of sales and marketing.
At Bertram Yachts, Seakeeper will be included as standard equipment on all current and future vessels. The Florida-based builder currently produces two models – the Bertram 35’ and 61’.
The Bertram 35’ made its debut in 2017 and will be fitted with the Seakeeper 6. The Bertram 61' will launch this summer with the Seakeeper 16. A new 50ft model equipped with the Seakeeper 9 will make its debut in 2019.
Seakeeper claims that its stabilisers eliminate up to 95% of a boat's roll. Since selling its first gyro in 2008, the company has developed a growing catalogue of models for an expanding range of boat sizes.