Dolphin-inspired jetski makes big splash

215bhp dolphin-shaped jetski can dive underwater and has a top speed of 45mph

Posted: 4 September 2008
by Visordown News

Visordown Motorcycle News
Wonder what a real dolphin would make of it?

CALIFORNIAN COMPANY Innespace has developed a dolphin-inspired cross between a jetski and a submarine.

The Seabreacher can glide on top or below water at high speed - and it has enough power to soar out of the water and fly through the air and perform stunts.

The two-man £30,000 craft has been designed around the shape of a dolphin and has a top speed of 45mph over the surface of the water and half that when submerged. A self-levelling device rights the Seabreacher if it becomes capsized.

The 15ft fibre-glass machine can stay under for long periods as it has a snorkel that supplies air to its 1,500cc, 215hp marine engine. Its see-through polycarbonate canopy is half-an-inch thick and is the same used on F-16 fighter jets.

Rob Innes, of design company Innespace, said: "You can drive it just like a boat with the canopy open at full speed of 45mph on the surface. It can do 20mph below the water. If you go below snorkel depth you run out of air for the engine and you stay under for 20 seconds before the craft will automatically surface. But with the snorkel system in use you can stay under for longer."


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That looks like a lot of fun. Bound to become a favourite with city boys everywhere.

Posted: 04/09/2008 at 14:49


AC
They should have made it to look like a great white shark... that would be much more fun.

Posted: 04/09/2008 at 14:51

Gadget show demonstrated it a month or so back I think.

Posted: 04/09/2008 at 16:11


Huw
I can see a busy year ahead for the RNLI....

Posted: 04/09/2008 at 16:41


Cor, I want one of them

Posted: 04/09/2008 at 18:21

AC wrote (see)
They should have made it to look like a great white shark... that would be much more fun.

or a horse eh AC?

Posted: 04/09/2008 at 19:03

If they can go 45MPH  (is that US MPH?)  with just 215BHP, just think how fast it would go if they had more power.

I bet it'll go at least 50 if they stuck a big supercharger on it.


Posted: 05/09/2008 at 07:58

1500cc and 215bhp is quite impressive


Posted: 05/09/2008 at 08:45

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