Has anyone personally or know of anyone that has retro-fitted a Commander with either passive or an active stabilizer system, or the gyro-type system?

I have a 1974 410 Commander and we spend a lot of time on Lake Huron, and my family doesn't seem to liek the big waves that come a few seconds apart some days. Not sure what the issue is there :)

Thanks and hoping for a fast melt for all of us northern club members!

Mike Benore

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I've heard that the Seakeeper gyro system is very good. But at somewhere between $50~$100k per each, it would have to be a very nice Commander before it would be worth the clams.

How about just going out when the weather is nice?

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I watch the yacht world listings frequently and have only seen one 410 with stabilizers so it seems they are somewhat rare. The 410's were notorious for rolling when the seas are from the stern quarter. The early ones with the vertical fuel tanks were the worst. The best were the horizontal tanks with the heaver diesels. The main problem is they are such a tall boat ,but then again that's what makes them so livable. Often a slight change in course will help a lot. Full tanks ( water and fuel ) also help. Pat at West Marine in Bay City may have some insight as he used to bring them back from Holland when his family owned the marina where you are stored. ( I'm the 410 in front of you in building 9 )

                                                                  Doug

I have a 1973 410 with Naiad, gyro stabilized, hydraulic actuated fins. I would share my experience, but have just recently acquired the boat and have only about 4 hrs of operation under my belt before winter lay-up. I saw another one for sale last year. I recall it was in Michigan. It may still be out there. Perhaps the seller could help. I'll let you know what I think in about July!

Thanks for the replies!

I look forward to hearing how things go for you this summer John.

What I am seeing is the stabilizer will cost more than the boat :) My wife is demanding we start saving pennies for this :)

 

My 410 has two horizontal tanks and a center mounted water tank so it decent, but we got caught on some big waves on Lake Huron last year and it was not fun, even on a 41 foot boat.

 

Thanks again!

I have installed a seakeeper 5 if you want any info.



Mike Benore said:

Thanks for the replies!

I look forward to hearing how things go for you this summer John.

What I am seeing is the stabilizer will cost more than the boat :) My wife is demanding we start saving pennies for this :)

 

My 410 has two horizontal tanks and a center mounted water tank so it decent, but we got caught on some big waves on Lake Huron last year and it was not fun, even on a 41 foot boat.

 

Thanks again!

On what model commander? Would love to see some pics of that install!

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Chris Wickersham said:

On what model commander? Would love to see some pics of that install!

This was a interesting project. 220 unit with 22o water pump. All the forces are up lift. Unit only installed with glue. Off the centerline of the boat in front of the starboard motor. Would not fit in-between the stringers so a custom elevated mount was needed. Mount made from 3/4 and 1" aluminum. Glued in place with a product called pro set for bonding metal to fiberglass.
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first thing was first.  move the water tank, grind out a floor installed by Chris craft, make a design approved by seakeeper. Build a template, and make the  mount for aluminum and paint. it .  and finally mount the mount 

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setting the unit 

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connect some wires, hook up hoses, and spool her up 

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