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Look! Down in the water! It's a boat! It's a sub! No, it's Scubacraft! Designed to operate as both a boat and a submersible, Scubacraft reaches top speeds of 50 mph on the surface and 3 knots below. Using powerful jet propulsion and four-stroke fuel-injected engines to propel its trimaran hull and hydrodynamic body, it can easily be used to tow a skier or tuber. When submerged, the craft can dive as deep as 100 feet using thrusters and can run for 90 minutes. Scubacraft's cabin isn't pressurized as in a submarine, so when under water, occupants need to wear scuba gear.

To address safety, the vessel was designed to possess slightly positive buoyancy so it would float to the surface in the event of engine failure. Scubacraft also incorporates both a Surface Marker Buoy and an EPIRB so location is known both under and above water. A variety of extras are offered, including VHF radio, underwater communication, lights, GPS and a custom trailer.

Creative Worldwide, the British company behind Scubacraft, notes that comparable three-person submarines cost about $1.6 million, in contrast to the starting price of about $160,000 for the Scubacraft SC3, and weigh 3 tons--nearly seven times the weight of the SC3 at about 880 pounds. For more information, go to www.scubacraft.com or call +44 (0)8450 563 863.

* DID YOU KNOW? Increasing a propeller's pitch by 1 inch reduces the rpm by 50-100 rotations.

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Title Annotation:currents: news and notables
Author:Seeden, Kristal
Publication:Boating World
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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