The makers of the Seabob underwater scooter are talking up all three models at this year’s DEMA Show in Las Vegas, including the F5 SR model that now sports a 10 percent performance increase.
DeeperBlue.com had the opportunity to catch up with Cayoga Luxury Sea Toy’s North American President Bill Evans and learn more about what has been rated as one of the world’s best Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPV), or underwater scooters. The Seabob is able to pull a diver up to 20 KPH (12.4 MPH) to depths of 130 feet/~40 meters. These are not cheap toys, but serious fun machines, equally fun to use on the surface as they are underwater.
Billed as a high-performance toy, many purchasers might not realize that the Seabob is also used by military Special Forces around the world. With over 10,000 units sold, the Seabob is a widely-distributed and trusted thrill-ride of a machine.
All three models of Seabob offer outstanding features and at first glance are almost identical in appearance. The major differences are found “under the hood” on these performance machines. The SEABOB F5 is the “entry level” machine. Tipping the scales at just 29kg (63lbs), the craft boasts a propulsive force of 480 newtons (354 Foot-Pound). With 4 power levels, the incremental speed control allows for precise performance. At about US$9,415.00 (~8,319 Euros), this is a serious system for well-equipped divers looking for the next level of DPV.
The SEABOB F5 S is the ultimate high-performance craft. Weighing just 34 kg (75 lbs), the vehicle possesses extremely good handling properties in and out of the water. Its driving performance is second to none with an impressive propulsive force of 680 newtons (501 Foot-pound). The E-Jet Power System has six levels from mild to wild, giving the diver unparalleled speed and performance with about 90 minutes of range at 90% power. At about US$12,950.00 (~11,442 Euros), this is an exceptional value.
The SEABOB F5 SR adds an overall 10% increase in all performance specs. It also has an onboard video system standard. It also offers the SEABOB-Camsystem as standard, with two integrated cameras, a built-in storage system and a WLAN transmission module. Distinguished from the other two models by small trim fins, this exceptionally well-equipped model costs about US$17,480.00 (~15,445 Euro).
More information can be found at seabob.com.