A Fu­sion of sound and light

Boating NZ - - Boat Review -

One of the stars at the re­cent CRC Speed­week show, this Sealegs 7.1 RS demon­strates the latest in Fu­sion’s marine en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems. IT FEA­TURES: • AM/FM ra­dio. • MS-UD750 280W head unit with in­ter­nal Uni-dock. • Blue­tooth. • Play­back for Ap­ple, An­droid, Win­dows and USB media de­vices. • Sup­port for Pan­dora ra­dio. • FU­SION-LINK wired and wire­less con­trol. • Dual USB out­lets. • MS-NRX200I re­mote con­trol sys­tem. • Two MS-DA51600 1600-watt Class D 5-chan­nel am­pli­fiers. • One SG-SL10SPW 10-inch 450W marine sub-woofer with LED lights. • Eight SG-FL65SPC 6.5-inch 230W Sig­na­ture Se­ries marine speak­ers

with LED lights. • Floor-level blue LED light­ing.

Sealegs uses a prepa­ra­tion it calls Gr­ey­coat on the wheel mo­tors, brack­ets and legs, ski-arch, con­sole sur­rounds, back­rest and grab rails. Gr­ey­coat can be re­placed with Sea­leg’s Colourmatch op­tion, al­low­ing cus­tom colours for any or all of these parts.

All RS mod­els are equipped with all-wheel-drive (AWD) as stan­dard for su­pe­rior per­for­mance on land in soft sand and off-road con­di­tions. Ex­tended run time (XRT) and power steer­ing are stan­dard fea­tures.

“We used to of­fer two-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive ver­sions, but all-wheel-drive was far more pop­u­lar with cus­tomers, so it’s stan­dard with this new model,” says Jol­liffe.

We saw the ben­e­fits of all-wheel-drive when ne­go­ti­at­ing a sec­tion of beach rid­dled with holes. As we turned the boat, the front wheel dropped into a hole with a lurch, but quickly climbed out again, just a slight change in pitch from the hy­draulic pumps in­di­cat­ing the work go­ing on at ground level. With a two-wheel drive sys­tem, we may not have ex­ited the hole so easily.

Sealegs AWD am­phibi­ous craft are ca­pa­ble off-road and can tackle soft sand, gravel beaches and even small boul­ders. They will also ne­go­ti­ate rough tracks, un­sealed roads and steep drive­ways, although longer boats are less ma­noeu­vrable than shorter ones. The leg as­sem­blies of the Sealegs were re­cently re­designed for greater strength and fit­ted with specif­i­cally de­signed hubs and bear­ings to give trou­ble-free ser­vice for longer.

BRAKE DANC­ING

Also stan­dard across the Sealegs range is ABS brak­ing. With Sealegs, ABS stands for Au­to­matic Brak­ing Sys­tem, not Anti-lock Brak­ing Sys­tem as is prob­a­bly fit­ted to your car. Sealegs’ brak­ing sys­tem re­flects con­sid­er­able re­search and de­vel­op­ment. It is de­signed to ap­ply a me­chan­i­cal brake to the wheels when­ever the

boat is parked and the in­board mo­tor is turned off, in the un­likely event of in­board en­gine or hy­draulic trans­mis­sion fail­ure, or when the emer­gency stop but­ton on the dash­board is de­pressed.

The emer­gency stop but­ton is a fail­safe and should be used only if the op­er­a­tor has lost con­trol of the boat while on land.

This year the fac­tory will celebrate its 1000th Sealegs. The com­pany’s patented am­phibi­ous tech­nol­ogy is be­ing used un­der li­cence by se­lected boat builders in New Zealand and the Mid­dle East. Sealegs is also in ne­go­ti­a­tion with boat­builders in Europe and North Amer­ica over fur­ther li­cens­ing deals – prov­ing the Sealegs suc­cess story can even cross oceans. B

Comes into its own once the sun goes down.

All lit up and sound­ing great, this Sealegs 7.1 RS show­cases the latest in Fu­sion marine en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems.

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