Humphree Provides Stabilization System for Whale Watch Vessel
Passengers and crew on Acadia Explorer, the new passenger boat just commissioned by Bar Harbor Whale Watching Co. in Maine, will experience a smooth and stable ride, thanks to interceptors and Active Ride Control supplied by Humphree USA.
Acadia Explorer is a 98-ft. catamaran that carries up to 149 passengers. The boat was designed by Incat Crowther and built by Gulf Craft in Franklin, La. It will be used as a passenger tender for visiting cruise ships and also for lighthouse and nature tours.
The new catamaran is equipped with two Humphree H800 and two Humphree H1250 electric-powered interceptors. The interceptor blades adjust automatically to create lift that counteracts roll and pitch motions. The Humphree Active Ride Control is a highly sophisticated digital system that uses inputs from GPS, gyro and accelerometers to measure 3D rates of turn and acceleration. In addition to stabilizing for roll and pitch, Active Ride Control automatically optimizes the boat’s trim and list angles and adjusts the heeling angle during turns for better maneuverability and passenger comfort.