Miniature boats are increasingly standing out among full-fledged boats in size and interesting features. Sealander is one of those
Sealander - a small miracle of engineering
It's hard not to call the Sealander a miracle - with its very modest dimensions, the device turned out to be more than functional. Yes, the dimensions and functionality are unlikely to be appreciated by all yachtsmen, but it will clearly occupy its niche in the market.
So what is Sealander? If the terminology is greatly simplified, then it can be called simply a floating catamaran. The prefix "auto" implies the ability to use the Sealander as a van on wheels, rather than automatic control.
The creators of the apparatus relied on one simple thought when creating the Sealander: “Is it really possible that such a small swimming apparatus out of the water can only be a burden for the car owner?” Indeed, Sealander Caravan engineers have put a lot of effort into somehow diversifying the functionality of their offspring outside the water element.
Probably the most important thing that the engineers could do with this “van” was to pack all its stuffing into an ergonomic case that could be used not only as a watercraft. The second, no less important step was the configuration of the Sealander in such a way that it could be conveniently used as a van.
As mentioned above, Sealander can be fully used both as a catamaran and as a van. If on land everything is clear - the boat is transported by car and trailer, then on the water the Torqeedo outboard engine is used for control. Yes, you are unlikely to go on a classic “bluewater” cruise, but Sealander will feel at home on the rivers and lakes.
The body is made of plastic reinforced with special fiberglass. Thanks to the monolithic design, it was possible to create seamless connections with all the main parts of the catamaran. Another advantage of this plastic was the strength and lightness of the hull, as well as its stability on the water. For additional protection, the device is covered with a layer of protective coating Gelcoad. With it, the case is reliably protected from dirt, dust and water.
Another interesting feature was the protection of the Sealander wheels. The design of the device does not provide for their complete disconnection even for the period of immersion in water. Because of this, the engineers decided to use galvanized wheels, and all joints and / or hinges are filled with special oil, which prevents the influence of fresh and salt water. So yes, the Sealander doesn't even need to be removed from the trailer.
On board you will find four capacious lockers made of stainless steel and with reliable locks. The creators assure that the lockers are reliably protected from water ingress into them.
Facilities on a miniature catamaran
Now let's move on to the burning one - the outboard engine. As stated in the press release, the Sealander is equipped with a 3 to 6 hp Torqeedo engine. The motor itself is electric. Yes, it is hardly possible to go to some kind of regatta on such an engine, but enjoying the views and nature is easy. Tinted windows on both sides, as well as a reclining roof, will also help you spend time outdoors with great aesthetic pleasure.
Inside there is also a miniature dining table and two rows of seats flanking the table. In total, Sealander is designed for 6 (!) people. By the way, the table can be gently lowered and turned into a double bed. The bed area will be 2.8 m2.
By some miracle, the engineers were also able to cram an 18-liter refrigerator and a fresh water toilet into the miniature case. There is also a 120W audio system on board, just like on a real full size yacht! The descending ladder can be used as a "leg" for a barbeque. For lovers of cooking there is a separate stove.
In the bottom line, there is an interesting swimming apparatus, which definitely cannot replace a full-fledged yacht, but will be a very interesting acquisition for those who are not ready for sailing, but just want to spend a weekend with their family on the lake.
|total length||465 cm|
|Estimated length||395 cm|
|Weight (total)||750 kg|
|Weight (no load)||500-580 kg|
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