Once upon a time, the opportunity to enjoy time at sea was marred for the few who suffer from seasickness. But the onset of stabilizers mitigates the downsides of large swells of water, allowing owners and charterers to get the most out of their time on board. Stabilizers allow guests to cruise in comfort, and help to prevent interior breakages, even in heavy winds and rough sea. Rolling is the biggest problem, though advances in naval architecture have done much to optimize stability, but certain stabilizers are more effective on certain hull types.
Gyro stabilizers can be fitted on yachts of all sizes, though larger vessels may require a greater number. They are typically accompanied by active fins, which sit outside of the hull and work to counter roll. Boats that can achieve rapid top speeds are best suited to fin stabilizers, which are vastly more efficient at higher velocities when the yacht is underway. When at anchor, zero-speed stabilizers work hard to keep the yacht steady enabling guests to lounge on deck, sleep in their cabin or enjoy mealtimes by reducing roll as much as 50%. For owners, a stabilizing system can be retrofitted. For charter guests, the benefits of selecting a yacht that is fitted with stabilizers will far outweigh any amenities found aboard a yacht without.