Crafty ideas to float your boat
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.