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Jumping the shark: the Innespace Seabreacher X

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August 19, 2010

The Seabreacher X: admit it, you'd soil yourself if this came at you.

The Seabreacher X: admit it, you'd soil yourself if this came at you.

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If you saw this thing on your neighbor's trailer, you'd laugh at him. "What sort of pretentious man-child buys a boat shaped like a shark," you'd scoff into your mugaccino, secure in the knowledge that you'd never shell out for something so ridiculous. But you might change your tune if you caught him down at the lake and watched him pulling 50mph (80km/h) barrel rolls, then diving under the surface and launching the thing 12-feet (3.6m) into the air like some sort of evil mechanical dolphin. The Seabreacher X is preposterous in theory, but in practice it's an adrenaline machine that can do things pretty much no other watercraft can – take a look at the video after the jump.

We've looked before at Innespace's gentler, dolphin-shaped submersibles, but while the original Seabreacher J looks like great fun, this new X version really tickles my petrolhead glands.

The key differences are a bigger engine, putting out 260 supercharged horsepower against the J model's perfectly adequate 155 – and a new body shape that replaces the J's friendly dolphin look with a fatter, wider, nastier shark look. The viewing panels below your feet are joined together to give the shark an open mouth. Personally, I wouldn't be able to help myself; I'd get some teeth put on and go scare a few swimmers' digestive systems empty.

The new motor boosts the Seabreacher X up to a top speed of 50mph (80km/h) on the water, and 25mph (40km/h) underwater – the chief purpose of diving under the water is to gather momentum and head for the surface at full throttle so you can launch yourself up into a giant boat wheelie and jump the thing right out of the water.

Steering, via the side and tail fins as well as the motor's vectored thrust (up/down/left/right) looks almost as tight and zippy as a jet ski – with the added benefit that you can use the fins to send yourself into a spiraling barrel roll. It just looks like a crazy fun ride for both driver and passenger as you tear through the water in the completely watertight cockpit.

The Seabreacher X

The Seabreacher X comes fully pimped out with a video camera mounted on the top fin, so that when you're in Jaws mode you can look at your LCD screen, aim at a swimmer, and see the effects of fear both above and below the waterline. It's also got a GPS and on-board stereo – which as far as I'm concerned, should come with only one pre-loaded song you're allowed to play.

Now for the bad news – only 10 of these unique leisure-craft are going to be made, resulting in a price tag of around UKP60,000 (approx. US$93,500). But if you've got pockets deep enough, we've never seen anything on the water remotely like it.

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Loz Blain Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade.   All articles by Loz Blain
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16 Comments

If you intend to aim at swimmers, I'd suggest you'd best have a lot of money for legal expenses!!! Deliberately terrifying others is not my idea of fun...nor a terribly good idea at all.

TheRogue1000
19th August, 2010 @ 07:20 am PDT

Stingraaaaayyy... STINGRAY!!

PeetEngineer
19th August, 2010 @ 08:08 am PDT

TinTin would wet himself.

Nick Rowney
19th August, 2010 @ 05:56 pm PDT

Yeah, Calculus would be impressed..

axio
19th August, 2010 @ 07:15 pm PDT

i am going to get one of these .

Debora K. DeRyke
19th August, 2010 @ 07:21 pm PDT

inspiring toy.we live in intresting times indeed.

Cowfy Kaufman
19th August, 2010 @ 10:25 pm PDT

Wonder what a real Great White would think about it when it saw one (assuming someone had the guts to go in the water off Australia or South Africa and chase some down)... would it attack it, run from it... or try to hump it?

Richard Dinerman
19th August, 2010 @ 11:57 pm PDT

No such thing as dry humping in the sea.....

Craig Jennings
21st August, 2010 @ 05:39 pm PDT

another nasty toy for rich assholes to disturb the peace. But the thought of a Great White meeting one of these, could make it all worthwhile

robinyatesuk2003
26th August, 2010 @ 07:15 am PDT

It appears to be a wonderful combination of part submarine and speedboat. It should not be used where swimmers or other boats are present; the visability from the inside is limited because of the water on the glass. It sure looks fun to operate but needs some teeth in its mouth.

Adrian Akau
19th December, 2010 @ 01:13 pm PST

A school of killer whales may go after this foolish fake sharks as they often attack sharks for food. Now that would be a worth while video to watch.

Facebook User
21st December, 2010 @ 11:07 am PST

WOW, this is a perfect example of mother nature at her finest ,these guy were clever enough to us the dynamics of what is the oceans greatest fish and turn them into a ride that would be sure to put anyone on this planet into shock and awe.howerver it would be fun to see what a 2000 lbs GREAT WHITE thought of this thing!

can you imagine being in this thing,and being chased by a pod of pissed off killier whales..NOT A GOOD DAY IN THE OLE SEA BREACH..buttt if you lived through it ,that would be the story to tell your friends for the rest of your life.

How you almost became whale poop when you were riding your mechanical shark..LMAO

Gotta have one what away to go!

Mack Sturdivant
21st August, 2011 @ 08:14 am PDT

Just another future episode in the making for the 1000 ways to die Television program.....

Jim Andrews
14th September, 2011 @ 06:08 pm PDT

It may be a rich man's toy, but it sure is cool!

Robert Vasquez
1st January, 2012 @ 10:34 am PST

I like the animal like appearance of the mini sub, The manufacturer should build a whale sized one next. Eight passengers, four br three bath and mechanical tail and pectoral fins!!

Gargamoth
15th October, 2012 @ 08:03 pm PDT

What's totally cool is Dr Benton Quest is real... If you ever saw the cartoon you would know what I mean. To the nay sayers everything is not about a kill or be killed or a bang bang shoot them up video game. I think aiming at people or pissing off sea life is not the idea here.

Leo Dante Barber
30th June, 2013 @ 03:12 pm PDT
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