Gyro-equipped Feadship subdues the sea with ease

Netherlands-based Feadship is no stranger to milestones, having launched over 200 custom luxury vessels worldwide. One of its 1977 builds, the 75' Maria, recently reached its own landmark, becoming the first Feadship to be fitted with a Seakeeper gyro.

Maria's current owner retained her original name, which is now an acronym for “Memories Are Really Important Assets”.

The new owner stated, “While it respects her past, it also reflects our belief about why we spend time on the water.”

The owner also commented how the recent addition of the Seakeeper M26000 gyro has improved the family's experience on-board, by saying, “My children being able to invite friends who have no sea legs for a long weekend trip is great. Everyone in the family getting a good night sleep while anchored, despite the relentless Pacific swell, is priceless. The anchoring options now seem unlimited, any form of stress reduction directly improves family time.”

Maria benefits from impressive stabilisation at anchor and when underway. In a sea trial in beam seas off Catalina Island, the gyro achieved 92% resonant roll reduction. John Kermet, COO of Seakeeper stated, “This is a lifestyle-changing number in terms of creating a safe and enjoyable environment aboard.”

West Coast Propeller of Redondo Beach, California, performed the refit, which was their first gyro install. Michael Lonnes, owner of West Coast Propeller said, “There's no doubt that this type of stabilisation is gaining popularity as the number of installations increase and people become more aware of the benefits.”

Maria was previously equipped with a hydraulically actuated fin stabiliser system. Michael Lonnes continued, “It was great to remove the external appendages. We noticed improvement in the cruising rpm/speed ratio after eliminating fin drag. The engine room benefitted too, since we removed the entire hydraulic system dedicated to the fin stabilizers.”

Feadship itself was key in supporting the engineering for the gyro installation and as Lonnes states, “We had access to the complete set of original 1977 drawings. Feadship also contributed a finite element model and analysis of the new structural grid. We were very confident that the final installation would remain robust and not introduce excessive stress in the hull. With great engineering from Feadship, and careful field fabrication, there's less than 3/4 clearance between the Seakeeper frame and the new deck framing. The end results are impressive—we fit the largest Seakeeper unit into the smallest space available. The support from Seakeeper was also great. Sales manager Brook Stevens was available to answer all our questions throughout the entire process."

Along with the gyro installation, Maria's refit included complete hull fairing and repainting; replacement of windows, decking and lighting; and upgrades for the anchor handling system, bow thruster and davit. Lonnes and West Coast Propeller had already been involved with Maria for two years, from making the original pre-purchase evaluation and delivering her to California, to a previous mechanical and electronics systems upgrade.

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