HOW IT WORKS
Our simple and intuitive controls, fitted to the centre console, actuate a water pickup located at the base of the transom. Once the boat is planing, engaging the water pickup draws seawater into a bow tank for ballast. This weight lowers the bow of the boat, providing a far greater speed-to-stability ratio. The helmsman can then eject this ballast as appropriate.
To state the obvious, the great thing about seawater is that it's free, and it's everywhere. Once installed, our system requires no additional consumables and minimal maintenance; this enables our customers to appreciate an immediate return on the investment due to the increased efficiency of performance
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
The entire system is mechanically operated, meaning that there are no electronics to potentially malfunction. The water pickup is cast and machined from solid 316 stainless steel, prolonging product life and minimising corrosion.
Our system requires only simple and minimal maintenance, which enables it to last for the lifetime of the vessel. The whole system can weigh from as little as 10kg when not in use.
PROTECT YOUR CREW
As attitudes and legislation evolve, organisations are taking increasingly diverse steps to mitigate the effects of Whole Body Vibration (WBV). These include suspension seating, specialised training, and ergonomically designed workstations. Each of these measures are crucial pieces to the overall puzzle, but what differentiates our system is that it is designed to tackle the cause, rather than the symptoms of impact and vibration.
We believe that our system should be the foundation of every organisation's strategy for minimising the effects of shock and vibration. Dampening the impact suffered by a vessel reduces the risk of a suspension seat "bottoming out" and injuring its occupant. It also protects the vessels vital systems and cargo.
SAFETY AT SEA
The Health & Safety executive reports that over 5 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to back pain caused or exacerbated by work. Even beyond the concern for employee welfare, it would be impossible to calculate the cost to employers in terms of sick leave, lowered productivity, and compensation claims.
"The employer shall ensure that risk from the exposure to his employees to vibration is either eliminated at source or, where this is not reasonably practicable, reduced to as low a level is reasonably practicable."
Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 6.(1)
Once an employee reaches the Exposure Action Value, the employer has a responsiility to intoduce measures mitigating crew exposure to WBV. The Exposure Limit Value is the maximum level of vibration to which an employee may be exposed in a single day. By dampening these vibrations, crew are able to function at higher performance and for longer periods of time before reaching the limit.
Employers and vessel operators have a duty of care to their crew; there is no way to eliminate entirely the risk of injury, but employers must be able to demonstrate best practice.