New Hi-Tech Boat Swims Like a Killer Whale
A new watercraft is giving wealthy adventure-seekers a taste of what it’s like to zip through the water like a killer whale.
Innespace's Seabreacher Y vessel — which resembles a killer whale and is similar in size and dimension — is part submarine, part speedboat and can even leap out of the water.
With a 260-horsepower supercharged engine that propels the vessel 55 mph on the surface and 20 mph underwater, the custom-made two-seater can be launched 16 feet into the air when it breaches. A snorkel-mounted video camera transmits live video to LCD screens for the pilot and passenger during dives, and it also comes with GPS navigation and an on-board stereo system with iPod docking.
The vessels cost about $86,000 each. Since Seabreacher boats are built to order and no two are alike due to owner customization, they aren't immediately available for purchase. About 30 requests are on back-order, according to the company.
"Most of those who buy our vessels are wealthy eccentric people that love obscure toys and adrenaline sports," Innespace co-owner Rob Innes told TechNewsDaily. "Many aren't even boat enthusiasts. However, we make sure all pilots are trained so they know how to operate the vessel."
"It doesn't seem scary from the outside, but it's completely different on the inside as you are submerged underwater and then propel high above the surface — there’s nothing like it," Innes said.
This isn't the first time Innespace launched a boat line that looks like mammals. In previous years, the company introduced shark and dolphin-shaped vessels, which are still available for purchase.
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