Submersible or Boat? Both!

Scubacraft 3 in submersible mode

Scubacraft 3 in submersible mode

Boat…check.  Submarine…check.  Scuba platform…check. Submarine , boat, and dive platform…check.  The Scubacraft 3 and 6 are the newest ultimate watercraft.  Price tag?  Well, that is not important right now.  What is important is that this is on Dr. M’s Christmas wishlist.  The SC’s are advanced twin-tunnel composite hull and deliver on the surface a 50 mph top speed on an air cushion.  All the hydrodynamic control is brought with a 4 stroke fuel injected engine and underwater with jet drive powered by a high performance pump.  However, keep in mind this boat is a dive platform.  You can ride it below the surface, baby!  The SC have intuitive dive controls, multiple dive capability, a stable submergence procedure, onboard GPS and dive computer, and onboard air supply with backup.  And the coolest feature? VHF radio and and underwater comms. The 6 person SC6 has a range of 150 miles and provides 90 minutes of run time on the 4x24V lithium maganese batteries. How deep can you go? 50 meters with an underwater speed of 3 knots.

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Scubacraft 3 in ultrafast surface mode

Scubacraft 3 in ultrafast surface mode

Dr. M (1618 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.