Crafty ideas to float your boat

NT News - Motoring - - MARINE GUIDE -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the Sanc­tu­ary Cove In­ter­na­tional Boat Show on Queens­land’s Gold Coast have turned to the lat­est in adrenalin-pump­ing ma­rine toys to boost crowd num­bers in the event’s 24th year.

Per­son­alised sub­marines, leap­ing sharks and water-pow­ered jet-packs will fea­ture along­side lux­ury su­per yachts and in­flat­able boats at the four­day ma­rine show.

In an Aus­tralian first, the fu­tur­is­tic Jetlev R200 will per­form demon­stra­tions. In­spired by a James Bond jet­pack gad­get, the Jetlev keeps its user more than 9m in the air with just a hose link­ing it to the water.

The NT News un­der­stands the dis­trib­u­tor of the Jetlev has long-term plans to use it as a per­ma­nent tourist at­trac­tion on the Broad­wa­ter.

Mar­itime Safety Queens­land said it was aware of the Jetlev but ap­proval had to be sought through ei­ther work- place heath and safety or coun­cil to use it as a per­ma­nent at­trac­tion. In an­other Aus­tralian first, the Seabreacher X will not only be on dis­play but avail­able to buy at the show.

The ex­cit­ing de­sign gives boat­ies the op­tion of trav­el­ling on top or be­low the water’s sur­face. Painted like a shark, the submersible craft has a 260hp su­per­charged en­gine, al­low­ing it to reach speeds of 80km/h on the sur­face and 40km/h be­low.

The Seabreacher X, which can per­form high-speed dives be­fore breach­ing the sur­face and be­com­ing com­pletely air­borne, costs more than $100,000.

Seabreacher Australia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Bell said he would of­fi­cially launch his com­pany at Sanc­tu­ary Cove but al­ready had seven or­ders for the craft — which is just over 2m long and dive to depths of 3m.

‘‘It is clas­si­fied as an en­closed power boat, so it can be driven with a boat li­cence,’’ he said.

Those who are look­ing for a more re­laxed boat­ing en­counter can ex­pe­ri­ence the Ego, a Korean-made com­pact semi-sub­ma­rine. The craft’s de­vel­op­ers are look­ing for in­ter­na­tional dis­trib­u­tors. The Women on Water pro­gram, which de­buted at last year’s show, will also re­turn this year .

The Sanc­tu­ary Cove In­ter­na­tional Boat Show will be held from May 24-27.

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