by Jeni Bone
Capturing the attention of visitors to Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last week, the Cayago SeaBob allows riders to move through the waves like a dolphin!
SeaBob is the ideal personal plaything!
Controlled by a hand grip accelerator sensor, the SeaBob’s electric impeller jet motor pulls you forward gently at first, but ramp it up to full power and you can burst through the breakers at a speed of 15km/h.
Once you let go, the SeaBob powers down and stops almost immediately.
Designed in Stuttgart, Germany it’s powered by a patented electric motor, drawing on rechargeable Li-Ion accumulators and driving an impeller jet propulsion system. The standard model puts out 2.4 kW (3.3 HP) and the Jet and Cayago models use the larger 3.6kW (5 HP) engine, capable of 20kmh. A full charge takes 6-12 hours when plugged into a wall socket, and lasts about an hour. Extra battery packs are available.
A nifty LCD cockpit display shows you the engine power, remaining operating time, charge state, water temperature and a depth gauge. The machine comes with a factory setting that shuts the engine off below a depth of 2.5 metres - a handy safety feature that can be adjusted by the adventurous to a maximum depth of 40 metres.
More at www.seabob.com