After a Covid-induced hiatus of three years Advance Trident Limited (ATL) welcomed Zipwake’s Patric Nilsson to New Zealand for the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.

Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Zipwake manufactures an array of versatile, automatic interceptor-type dynamic trim control systems suitable for a wide range of planing and semi-planing vessels up to 50ft long.

Zipwake introduced its Series S fully retracting Dynamic Trim Control System at METS in 2015, which is where Blair Geldard secured the New Zealand agency for ATL. Sweden is where interceptor trim systems were first developed and Swedish manufacturers like Zipwake continue to lead the field.

Nilsson is responsible for Zipwake’s sales and business development throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Advance Trident Ltd is among Zipwake’s top 10 distributors globally.

Since the introduction of Series S in 2015, Zipwake has developed a range of models and accessories to suit almost any vessel between 20 and 50 feet. Over 1,000,000 Dynamic Control Systems have been sold around the globe. Zipwake is marketed in over 60 countries worldwide.

Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control system features fully retracting inteceptors and a Smart Ride controller.

“Since we first introduced Zipwake we have perfected the system,” says Nilsson. “It’s now so reliable that for every 10,000 systems sold, warranty claims make up just 0.04%.”


Boating NZ caught up with Nilsson and Advance Trident’s Blair Geldard on the ATL stand where Nilsson spent the weekend talking to show-goers about Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems.

Zipwake is a fully automatic and active system that uses a built-in GPS, 3D gyro and a 3D accelerometer. It dynamically eliminates boat roll and pitch, and automatically minimises wave resistance. Manufactured in Sweden, Zipwake systems are simple to install and easy to operate using Zipwake’s Smart Ride Controller. Affordable and easily expandable, they support integration with external devices via NMEA 2000 networks. “Although they can be operated in manual mode, the beauty of a Zipwake system is that it is fully automatic,” explains Geldard. “Zipwake takes the guesswork out of trimming a boat, its fastacting interceptors instantly dealing to any trim problems.”

Nilsson agreed that the system’s operational simplicity is one of its main strengths, but also highlighted the performance benefits: “A Zipwake system significantly enhances performance, fuel economy, comfort and safety when accelerating, turning or running in a seaway.”

Judging by the number of boats at the show fitted with Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems, New Zealand boat builders have been quick to see the benefits. BNZ