by Dom Wiseman

Seakeeper is a computer-controlled gyroscope designed to almost entirely eliminate boat roll at all speeds, making for a safer, more stable and comfortable ride for owners, guests and crew. They have joined forces with Haines Signature and RAM to showcase their product in a roadtrip taking in some of the best fishing events along the east coast.

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. And that’s where the extra-large towing capacity of the RAM 1500 Express comes to the fore.

Haines Signature 788SF with Seakeeper 2

The RAM 1500 is the most successful model within the brand’s stable and is the only full size, US-made Pickup Truck that goes beyond anything most premium mid-size utes can deliver.

“You can tow more, carry more, move more, see more, and enjoy more,” said National Marketing Manager, Justine O’Bryan.

The RAM 1500 Pickup Truck offers the only V8 Hemi engine in its class and is without a doubt the most powerful. The V8 Hemi delivers 291kW of power and 556Nm of torque, while delivering the unmistakable V8 rumble to announce your arrival.

It also boasts best-in-class towing: 4.5 Tonne max towing!

Simon Bochenski from Seakeeper Pacific will be at the wheel and the helm, traveling around the country showcasing the rig and competing in regional fishing tournaments, such as the recent tournament in Eden on the NSW south coast, and throughout summer at the Garmin Masters on the Gold Coast, then back in NSW for the Blue Water Classic in Bermagui.

“There’s a full calendar of awesome angling events on the east coast,” says Simon. “We will be inviting partners and keen fishos to get onboard with us and experience the Seakeeper difference for themselves.

“The Haines Signature 788SF is a fantastic, feature-filled boat that perfectly showcases the effectiveness of the Seakeeper 2, which is 25 percent lighter and 20 percent smaller than the Seakeeper 3 and specifically designed for boats 27 to 32 feet.

“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.”

The Haines Signature 788SF is equipped with Garmin electronics which display how the Seakeeper 2 is working on the screen. The sleek and powerful boat will be prominent at the country’s major fishing tournaments, conducting demos and no doubt wowing anglers eager to get onboard and experience the Seakeeper difference for themselves.

The new Seakeeper 2 is DC-powered and can be easily retro fitted into boats up to 30ft. It’s 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. Twin Disc Pacific is the exclusive distributor of Seakeeper in Australia and NZ.