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Innespace's new orca-inspired Seabreacher - why ask Y?

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Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y
Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y
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The Seabreacher Y can jump up to 12 feet out of the water (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)
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The Seabreacher Y can jump up to 12 feet out of the water (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)
The Seabreacher Y seats two, in a sealed cockpit (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)
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The Seabreacher Y seats two, in a sealed cockpit (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)
The Seabreacher Y's instrumentation includes speedometer, tachometer, engine and air pressure gauges, and an LCD that displays live video from the dorsal fin's built-in camera (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)
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The Seabreacher Y's instrumentation includes speedometer, tachometer, engine and air pressure gauges, and an LCD that displays live video from the dorsal fin's built-in camera (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)
Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y
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Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y
Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y
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Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y
Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y
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Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y
Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y
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Innespace has introduced its new sea creature-inspired personal watercraft, the orca-like Seabreacher Y

Gosh, millionaires had it tough back in 2009. At that time, if they wanted to spend US$50,000 on a zippy, semi-submersible, sea creature-inspired watercraft, they were stuck with the basic dolphin-like model of Innespace's Seabreacher. Now known as the Seabreacher J, it was joined in 2010 by the faster, wider and nastier-looking shark-inspired Seabreacher X. Now, word has reached us of yet another Seabreacher creature - the orca-like Y model.

As with the other Seabreachers, the Y seats a pilot and a passenger in a watertight cockpit. From there, they can watch the above- and underwater scenery whip by through a half-inch-thick fighter jet-like acrylic canopy and (in the case of the pilot) floor-mounted view ports.

The watercraft can plane along the surface like a boat, but is also able to make brief dives down to a maximum depth of five feet (1.5 meters), which can be followed by leaps into the air as high as 12 feet (3.6 meters). A snorkel and video camera mounted on the dorsal fin respectively provide air to the engine while the craft is underwater, and allow the pilot to see what's going on above the surface.

All three models can also perform 360-degree rolls while traveling along the surface.

The Seabreacher Y seats two, in a sealed cockpit (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)
The Seabreacher Y seats two, in a sealed cockpit (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)

As with the X, the Y has a 260-hp supercharged ROTAX 1500cc 4-stroke engine. This allows for a top surface speed of 50 mph (80.5 km/h), and a maximum of 25 mph (40 km/h) when submerged. By contrast, the original Seabreacher J's standard 155 hp engine makes top speeds of only 40 mph (65 km/h) and 20 mph (32 km/h) possible - although an optional 215 hp supercharged powerplant is available for the J.

Additionally, the Y incorporates the J's bubble canopy, which was replaced by a sleeker design for the X.

The Seabreacher Y's instrumentation includes speedometer, tachometer, engine and air pressure gauges, and an LCD that displays live video from the dorsal fin's built-in camera (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)
The Seabreacher Y's instrumentation includes speedometer, tachometer, engine and air pressure gauges, and an LCD that displays live video from the dorsal fin's built-in camera (Photo: Hammacher Schlemmer)

Besides its Shamu-like paint job, the Seabreacher Y's unique features include a more rounded nose, a new pectoral fin design, and a higher dorsal fin. It also has a larger tail (or flukes, if you will), designed make 180-degree back flips possible - there's no word on whether anyone has actually managed to pull one off yet, however. Foot pegs and a handlebar can be added to allow for an external human stunt rider.

While Innespace invites prospective buyers to get in touch for a price estimate, Hammacher Schlemmer is currently offering a Seabreacher Y for a measly $100,000.

The watercraft can be seen in action in the video below.

Source: Innespace via 7 Gadgets

New Seabreacher Y Video

10 comments
Craig Mclaughlin
Just dont drive this thing off the coast of japan or you get harpooned
dsiple
has this thing got a prop or is it jet propelled?
Mark Temple
all their previous models used a steerable prop at the rear.
robinyatesuk2003
another abortion of a yuppy plaything shattering the peace.Swimmers, crab/lobster pots,turtles beware!!!
windykites
This would be great to give paying customers a thrill ride. As Robin says: look out for obstacles. I wouldn't fancy hitting something, or someone, at 55mph. Did the video say:dive under obstacles? Hmmm. I think a jet drive would be good, instead of a prop.
Ben C.
Sorry for the oversight, everyone. The Seabreacher Y's propulsion system consists of an axial flow jet pump, in which water is drawn in and expelled in a direction parallel to the impeller shaft. Additionally, the thrust from that pump can be vectored up, down, left or right. Cheers, Ben C.
flyingfrog55
Is there anything out there in the ocean ... that thinks killer whales look like lunch? .. remember about the suggestion of painting two big eyeballs on the bottom of your surfboard? [g]
Island Architect
Paint it dark green and take it to Loch Ness for some fun.
Tom Rowe
Bionic Dolphin and BioniOrca POSERS http://www.gizmag.com/go/4095/
Craig Ferry
This Concept was stolen from the Tv Show SeaQuest.