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I am an avid reader of your magazine and am now thinking of placing an order for a new Princess F62.
I read your test and watched the video but I would appreciate some more information about how well the Seakeeper stabiliser coped with the particularly bad weather of the test. Menelaos Tassopoulos All stabiliser systems have compromises. Fin systems are very effective but add drag. The Seakeeper is inside the boat, which negates this issue but eventually it reaches the limits of its precession, whereas fins can create continuous resistance as long as the boat keeps moving. That said the Princess 62 is a tall boat and the conditions on test were particularly arduous with strong wind over fast tide creating very unpleasant standing waves. In those conditions, I felt that the Seakeeper ultimately ran out of leverage but to be fair, it’s hard to imagine any similar boat remaining level in these conditions, regardless of stabiliser system. Eventually, when it gets bad enough, physics and Mother Nature will always win. But in calmer conditions and at anchor the Seakeeper system works very well, and the Princess 62 is a very impressive boat. Nick