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Old 11-06-2012, 12:41   #1
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Paravanes & Rocker Stoppers

We have a 48' displacement hull trawler that we love except she has a chime keel and rocks miserably in heavy seas or wakes. I'm considering installing paravanes since I can't afford the $50K for active fin stabilizers. Please share your experience in installing and using paravanes.
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Old 11-06-2012, 13:49   #2
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Re: Paravanes & Rocker Stoppers

A steadying sail is a better bet for economy stabilization IMO. Paravanes introduce a larger load and need more attention/maintenance while not working as well. Even Wesmar's aren't all that great-they make a difference but the boat will still roll. Trawlers are just rolly boats, no matter what you do.
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Old 11-06-2012, 21:20   #3
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We've got paravanes on our boat. They make a big difference in beam seas. I loose about a 1/2 knot when I'm dragging the fish. I have no experience installing them but if your boat wasn't built for them I would consult with a naval architect. Paravanes can put extreme loads on connection points.

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