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Sealegs – boating without the hassles

By - May 13, 2007 2 Pictures
May 14, 2007 Viewed from one angle, Sealegs is the world’s most advanced amphibian, but from another, it’s boating without the hassles. While getting a boat in the water is not exactly a herculean task, it nonetheless prevents many people from going boating every day. Sealegs takes the entire process of launching and docking a boat out of the equation – just get in, drive into the water and reverse the process at the other end. The current Sealegs offering is essentially a 5.7 metre Rigid Inflatable Boat with Sealegs retractable 3-wheel system embedded. The addition of the system costs around US$20,000 to the cost of a normal inflatable and adds 100 kg for the ability to drive up any surface from which you can launch a boat. There’s an optional drive-on boat trailer as the boat isn’t registerable for the open road. On land it runs at 6 mph but it does considerably better on water with a top speed of 35 mph thanks to a 120 horespower engine. There’s a 7m version coming soon that can handle a 150 horsepower motor. In Australia, the 5.7 metre version costs AUD$ 49,000 plus another AUD$14,000 for a 120 horsepower motor. The new 7metre unit fully decked out with options will run to AUD$110,000. Demand is growing with a 12 month wait for orders already, the manufacturer is gearing up to increase production capacity by 400% which means the queue won’t be as long in the future. Read More
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America's Cup: down to the final four challengers

By - May 9, 2007 5 Pictures
May 10, 2007 The Louis Vuitton cup is heating up. The 10th flight of racing saw Desafio Espanol 2007 join BMW Oracle, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand as the four semi-finallists. The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup gets to tackle the defending Swiss champion Alinghi in a best-of-9 series to decide who takes home the America's Cup, the oldest sporting trophy in the world. Read More
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Bullimore off to a difficult start on round-the-world record attempt

By - May 8, 2007 8 Pictures
May 9, 2007 Fortune has not been smiling on solo yachtsman Tony Bullimore in his latest attempt to break the solo round-the-world sailing record of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes 33 seconds set by Dame Ellen MacArthur in 2005. Battered by strong winds and suffering the loss of his heavy-weather staysail, Bullimore has been forced off course to preserve his boat. Only on day six of his journey, he's already behind the record pace - but the 69 year old Brit is confident that once he's past Cape Horn his boat will have the speed to make up lost time under the light winds of the Atlantic ocean. Read More
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A bicycle built for two (and a boat)

By - May 6, 2007 5 Pictures
May 7, 2007 It’s not your average bicycle, which probably explains why it costs US$5000, but it is the perfect partner for one of the beautifully-crafted Caillou luxury sailing canoes of the same manufacturer and each one is custom built and colour-matched to your boat. The Boat sits on a sidecar that attaches to the tandem bicycle by means of quick release couplings, enabling the bike to be used as a normal tandem bike when you’re not transporting a canoe. “Like our boats we are promoting a more accessible marine lifestyle,” said Caillou’s Antonio Marques, “and we wanted a means of transportation for those who lived within seaside or lakeside communities but didn’t have direct access to the water.” Read More
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Fiat and Sunseeker join forces in P1 Powerboat racing

By - May 1, 2007 1 Picture
May 2, 2007 In a deal that reflects the maturing of the P1 Powerboat World Championship, Sunseeker have secured a deal to use Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) engines in their 2007 title quest. This agreement is the first of its kind in Powerboat racing and is usually only seen in the Formula One arena, which shows how much the P1 championship is taking off as a sport. Read More
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SeaBob, the rechargeable hand-held underwater propulsion device.

By - April 29, 2007 14 Pictures
April 30, 2007 Ever wondered what it feels like to power through the water like a dolphin? The SeaBob is like a cross between a jet-ski and a bodyboard -hold on tight and leap through the waves, or turn downward and head for the ocean floor with speed, grace and agility. This simple device creates a whole new category of recreational vehicle, and it looks like a blast! Read More
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Dockwise debuts the world's biggest purpose-built yacht carrier

By - April 16, 2007 13 Pictures
"The majority of yachts do not have the range to reach many of the world's inviting cruising areas and international playgrounds," reads the company's vision statement, but this need no longer be a limitation. Yacht owners simply sail their craft into the massive semi-submersible Yacht Express, where they are securely attached. The owners can then rendezvous with the yacht at its destination, or accompany their craft aboard the carrier in five-star luxury. Read More
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Reinventing the ball for new recreational pursuits

By - April 11, 2007 29 Pictures
April 12, 2007 Bizit Air Products have come up with a fun idea - inflatable plastic balls with up to a 4.5 metre/15 foot diameter that can accomodate dancers, motorcycles, and even cars for a showstopping presentation that's hard to ignore. Fully sealed, the balls allow an occupant to walk on land, water, or even a sea of hands, all the while looking like they're trapped in a soap bubble. Read More
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2007 America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup starting Monday to determine a challenger for Swiss powerhouse Alinghi.

By - April 11, 2007 15 Pictures
April 12, 2007 The eyes of the nautical world are all on Spain at present where the biggest show on water has convened to determine the contender to take on Alinghi for "ye auld mug". The completion of the Lois Vuitton Ranking fleet races gives us time to pause and reflect before the one-on-one Louis Vuitton Cup races begin next Monday to decide on a final challenger to the defending Alinghi team in the 2007 America's Cup regatta. Read More
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