Sealegs International released the Interceptor 9000, its largest amphibious rigid inflatable boat to date.
Targeted at commercial and military applications, the 29-foot RIB is powered by a 300-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard and is capable of 44 knots at a full payload of 700 kilograms.
It is fitted with eight Jolt Rider shock-mitigating seats and has a 9.8-foot beam.
The Sealegs system works by having motorized wheels that give the user a variable on-land speed of zero to 7 km an hour in forward and reverse, powered by an on-board 22-hp Honda-driven hydraulic power pack.
Designed to be rapidly deployed, the Interceptor 9000 can be driven from a storage location or trailer, down a launching ramp or beach and into the water, with the occupants staying in the boat and remaining dry.
Once it is in the water, the RIB’s wheels are retracted into the up position and are completely out of the water. The boat is then driven and used as normal. When it approaches land, its wheels are lowered into the down position while they are still moving in the water.
Once it is on land, the craft can be lowered until the hull is touching the ground, allowing passengers to disembark safely.
“The Interceptor 9000 gives us a model with the size, passenger count and layout that many commercial and military operators have been asking for in an amphibious craft,” Sealegs CEO David McKee Wright said in a statement. “It was developed in response to international sales demand, and we’re excited at the sales opportunities this new model will bring.”
The craft has been developed using the amphibious enablement kit that is available to existing OEM boatbuilders.
The boat will be displayed in New Zealand at the Auckland On-the-Water Boat Show, which will start Thursday and continue through Sunday.