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Re: I hope Santa remembers me this year....
I find it interesting that these guys were apparently able to get Patent protection for their devices considering that Gyroscopic roll stabilizers have been around since early in the last century. For example, the gyroscopic stabilizers below, built by Sperry Rand, were installed in the USS Henderson in 1917.
A similar system was used on the Italian ocean liner SS Conte di Savoia in the 1930's.
Th one advantage of the system is that it is not dependent upon the ship's motion through the water as are fin stabilizers hence it can be useful while at anchor though at great cost.
We have an alternate system that was inexpensive and works very well. A "Flopper Stopper" suspended from the end of a reaching pole off the yacht's beam.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."