How much stability do we really need?
Stability is the new metric by which vessel performance will be judged…
In the context of superyachting, ‘performance’ has historically placed a focus on speed and power, with quality invariably being interpreted as harder, faster, stronger…
Latterly, the paradigm has shifted, and the definition of ‘performance’ has been revised to encompass ‘optimisation’ and ‘efficiency’.
And most recently, the concept has been entirely, and most welcome turned on its head. While historically, ‘performance’ has always been adjudged to refer to dynamism – think power generation and forward propulsion – it is now grounded in the operational profile of the vessel in question, and the client’s hopes and expectations of their vessel’s usage.
The discourse, therefore, has shifted to encompass operational factors such as noise levels, vibration levels, and most prominently, vessel stability.
However, as Lateral Engineering’s Principal Naval Architect, Alex Meredith Hardy argues in a soon-to-be-published editorial in The British Superyacht Report, “Currently, the yacht industry is not incentivised to provide owners with the most comfortable yachts possible. There are good reasons for that. But if comfort is a very high priority for a particular owner, how can they influence the yacht ecosystem to get the result they want? For a new build project a change of approach is required.”
Precisely what that change of approach looks like will be the focus of a key session at The Superyacht Forum, where a panel of experts comprising stabilisation OEMs, consultants and naval architecture experts will discuss, ‘How much stability do we really need?’
Meredith Hardy who will be among the session’s panellists, adds “Seakeeping is an area of infinite variables. So any comfort requirements will need to be very specific, which is why a tailored process to an individual owner is a good approach.”
Rarely does a route to achieving the objective within a technological sphere vary so dramatically as it does within stabilisation. The systems themselves utilise wildly different physical concepts to deliver stability on board, and these technologies will be compared and contrasted for their efficacy during the workshop.
The contrast between gyro stabilisers, and electric actuators, for example is profound. And while the tech differs, other battlegrounds include the physical footprint of the system, the reduction of which allows stabilisers to be fitted to ever-smaller vessels. Italian company, CMC Marine launched its new range of ultra-compact electric stabilisers to broad acclaim this show season, and Alessandro Gallifuoco, Vice President CMC Marine USA, will be part of this workshop panel.
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