Amphibious boat manufacturer Sealegs has announced the release of their smallest, most compact amphibious production boat to date and one of the smallest currently available on the market.
The news trails in the wake of the New Zealand brand releasing a 12-metre amphibious production boat, one of the largest in the world, last year.
Designed to help establish amphibious boating in the yacht tender market, this new Sealegs model runs at only 3.8 metres in length, 1 metre in height and weighs less than 450 kilograms. A decision that effectively allows the craft to be stowed in yacht transom garages, lazarettes or on deck.
On land, the model runs on the Sealegs electric amphibious drive system while the fibreglass moulding and console are paired with Hypalon inflatable tubes. The seating capacity is up to five people and a 40-horsepower outboard can be fitted along with chartplotter, VHF and a stereo system.
“Today’s release of the 3.8-metre tender acknowledges the overwhelming enthusiasm for a Sealegs amphibious solution to solve the ship-to-shore challenges of many boaties,” said Sealegs CEO David Mckee Wright.
“The team at Sealegs are excited to meet that need which has been passionately expressed to us by many aspirational amphibians.”
Starting with a base price of $75,000 USD ($96,924 AUD), Sealegs is currently receiving fully refundable deposits and will announce production plans for 100 boats once 15 deposits have been received. Orders will be fulfilled in the sequence with which they are received.
Sealegs has stated they expect production to begin in 2022.
Founded in 2005, Sealegs International Ltd is one of the longest running manufacturers of amphibious production boats. The brand is based in Auckland, New Zealand, and sold throughout 50 countries.