Currently the 'Arnolda Test and Demo Yacht' is on hire by RS Marine
In conjuction with 'Arnolda Test and Demo Yacht' , RS Marine provides the opportunity to behold the great performance of the RS Marine Magnus effect based yacht stabilizers.
RotorSwing is the first fully electrically driven, roll damping system for yachts up to 30 metres based on the Magnus effect. Instead of traditional fins, the system uses rapidly rotating cylinders which, subject to the direction of rotation, generate an up or downward pressure.
The biggest advantage of RotorSwing in comparison to a fin driven conventional system, is the greater roll damping at lower speeds. To achieve effective roll damping with fins it is necessary to reach a substantial speed through the water. This is partly due to the fact that often, the surface of the fins have been designed to be as small as possible to reduce the risk of damage. In shallow water, protruding fins are, in particular, very vulnerable.
RotorSwing features retractable rotors, eliminating the risk of damage. When parked the retracted rotors remain largely within the turbulent boundary of the vessel so that any resistance is negligible.
When the system is activated, the adaptive Rake technology will set the appropriate angle for the rotors. This way the system is effective from absolute ZeroSpeed up to 25 kts. When activated the rotors will protrude outside the hull of the ship. However, should the engine be put in to neutral, the rotors automatically retract. This prevents damage during maneuvering and berthing at quays, in locks and ports.
The rotors do not have any effect on the ships heading and therefore, unlike fin based systems, can be mounted at a position of choice. For the majority of yachts, this is likely to be dictated by the available space on board. It is even possible to mount the unit at the stern which, in particular for fast-moving yachts may be preferable.
RotorSwing is a product by RS Marine, founded by Theo Koop. Theo, the founder and owner of the former KoopNautic Holland, is, for good reason, known as “the Godfather of stabilizers”.