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Sea Bob – Personal Watercraft

20 Mar Posted by in Beach + Island, Equipment | Comments
Sea Bob – Personal Watercraft
 

Do you ever think about what it would be like to swim through the oceans like a dolphin? The SeaBob get’s your pretty close to such a feeling. This device is almost half Jet Ski and body board.

Controlling this devices happens by simply shifting your body weight. The pilot controls the Seabob via two intelligent Control grips with piezo technology.

The SeaBob is powered by a patented electric motor, drawing on rechargeable Li-Ion accumulators and driving an impeller jet propulsion system. The larger models can get up to 20kmh. A full charge takes about 10-12 hours and will get you a good hour underwater.

Below you can see the SeaBob in use on a scuba dive:

Seabob personal watercraft


Best of all, SeaBob is maintenance free. In addition, the hydrodynamic shape and the powerful but ecologically friendly Lithium Ion batteries make the SeaBob one of the least damaging vehicles on the planet, creating zero emissions and leaving no carbon footprint whatsoever.Starting Price of these luxurious toys are 12k


Here are specs on the SeaBob RaveJet

  • Performance up to: 2,2 kW (3 HP)
  • Maximum torque up to: 12 Nm
  • Maximum thrust up to: 349 N
  • Speed over water up to: 12 km/h (7.5 mph)Seabob personal watercraft
  • Speed under water up to: 10 km/h (6.2 mph)
  • Speed control: 10 power levels between 10 % and 100 % via piezo buttons
  • Energy: 8 SEABOB-Power High-Energy Li-Ion accumulators (without memory effect)
  • Weight per accumulator cell: 1 kg
  • Total capacity approx.: 1.2 kW/h; 32 V; 40 Ah
  • Operating time average: 60 minutes
  • Charging time (standard charging) approx.: 6-8 hours
  • Charging time (quick charging) approx.: 90 minutes
  • Diving depth: 40 meters
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 1.296 x 481 x 379 (in mm)
  • Weight approx.: 59 kg
  • Buoyancy in water approx.: 14 kg

 

Video

Put on your goggles, hold onto the handles, tuck yourself in behind the
hydrodynamic plastic body of the SeaBob, and gently thumb the accelerator sensor. The electric impeller jet motor pulls you forward gently at first, but ramp it up to full power and it belts you through the breakers at a speed of 15km/h. Hold on tight!

Take a deep breath and dip below the surface, powering downwards towads the ocean floor. Steer yourself by moving your bodyweight and using your legs like the tail of a fast fish, and experience the exhilaration of flying along the sand, dodging rocks, coral and startled fish as you go.

Let go of the handles and the SeaBob powers down and stops almost immediately so you don’t have to swim far to get it back. There’s really not that much more to it, it’s a simple and intuitive device that lets the user experience underwater speed in a very physical and engaging way.

The SeaBob, designed in Stuttgart, Germany and available now, is powered by a patented electric motor, drawing on rechargeable Li-Ion accumulators and driving an impeller jet propulsion system. The standard model puts out 2.4 kW (3.3 HP) and the Jet and Cayago models use the larger 3.6kW (5 HP) engine, capable of 20kmh. A full charge takes 6-12 hours when plugged into a wall socket, and is good for around an hour belting around underwater. Extra battery packs are available, but they’re fairly pricey, as is the rest of the range.

A nifty LCD cockpit display shows you the engine power, remaining operating time, charge state, water temperature and a depth gauge. The machine comes with a factory setting that shuts the engine off below a depth of 2.5 metres – a handy safety feature that can be adjusted by the adventurous to a maximum depth of 40 metres. Clearly if you’re going to be zooming around at that sort of depth you need to think about scuba gear.

20kmh through the water is roughly 5.5 metres per second, so if you can hold your breath for one minute underwater, at top speed on the , you’ll pop up for a breath around 330 metres down the beach. Do take care you don’t pop up in the path of a jet-ski, because you won’t be coming off the winner in that little contest.

Check out the demo video, if you can put up with the awful corporate techno of the SeaBob song in the background…

Apart from the recreational market (and we can see this being a real hit on hire at leisure resorts all around the world) the device clearly has James Bond written all over it too – will we see blue ocean-camoflage SeaBobs in use by Navy Seals and special ops agents in the near future?

Seabob personal watercraft

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