Twin Disc Pacific will have two compelling reasons for boaties to get onboard their on-water experiences at this year’s Sydney International Boat Show; Joining the Twin Disc demo boat, the 47-foot flybridge ‘Revolution’, will be a brand-new Haines Signature 788 Sport Fish with a compact Seakeeper 2 anti-roll gyro installed.
Seakeeper is a computer-controlled gyroscope designed to virtually eliminate boat roll at all speeds, making for a safer, more comfortable ride for owners, guests and crew.
The Haines Signature 788SF is the largest centre console the Queensland boatbuilder has ever produced. Powered by dual Suzuki DF200AP engines and brightly branded with the Seakeeper livery, the 788SF features an all-new hull with full composite construction, a 16-34-degree variable-deadrise running surface, and 500 Litres+ fuel capacity.
Best of all, its 2.50m beam means this 26-footer is trailerable without a permit.
“We are thrilled to have a new Seakeeper boat in time for SIBS 2018,” said said Glenn Frettingham, Managing Director Twin Disc Pacific. “It’s a fantastic, feature-filled boat that perfectly showcases the effectiveness of the Seakeeper 2.
“Seakeeper 2 is 25 percent lighter and 20 percent smaller than the Seakeeper 3 and specifically designed for boats 27 to 32 feet,” he explained.
“It eliminates up to 95 percent of boat roll and will be popular with recreational outboard craft looking for stability, safety and a pleasant day on the water for all, no matter what the conditions.”
Greg Haines was instrumental in the purchase of the new Seakeeper boat. “I met with Glenn at the Sanctuary Cove boat show, he told me what they were looking for and I recommended he see the new Haines Signature 788 Sport Fish, which is ideal for their needs.
“It’s an impressive boat,” he continued. “It’s equipped with all the Garmin electronics and you can see how the Seakeeper is working on the Garmin screen. There’s a specifically designed seat module from the US built to take the Seakeeper 2.
“At 7.8m with a 2.5m beam, the 788SF is the ideal, Australian-made, towable boat. Seakeeper plans travel around Australia and support the major fishing tournaments.”
Haines himself is a huge advocate of the Seakeeper gyro.
“I have plenty of experience with Seakeepers. I had the first Seakeeper 9 installed in my boat, and it made a huge difference. I would not own a boat without one. They deliver comfort, safety and peace of mind, day and night, underway and at anchor.
“The new Seakeeper 2 is DC-powered,” he said. “It’s quite an amazing platform. I can see people with older model boats retro fitting them. I’ve used other gyros over the years, and Seakeeper is far and above the rest of the competitors.”
The Seakeeper 2 is effective at all boat speeds, including zero, it can operate in all sea states. Running exclusively on 12-volt power, it does not require generator power, and the compact size means that it can fit into the leaning post of a centre console boat, thus requiring no structural modifications.
The Seakeeper 2 uses the new touchscreen control panel and allows users to capture real-time performance information.
Priced at $29,990 + GST (Australian retail price), the Seakeeper 2 launched in Miami, USA in February 2018 and has already attracted great interest from the massive sub-30ft market.
At SIBS 2018, the new Seakeeper boat will conduct static on-water demonstrations. Berthed on the other side of the Cockle Bay Marina, Revolution will head out into the Harbour and beyond Sydney Heads on sea trials to demonstrate Twin Disc systems, including the QuickShift transmission, Express Joystick and Express Positioning System.