Orca boat? Seriously?!


It's an orca! No, it's ... what IS it? Photo courtesy of Innespace Productions

Think you recognize the creature in this photo?

Look a little closer. It’s not an orca — it’s an orca boat.

The Seabreacher Y is definitely the most unusual boat at the Seattle Boat Show, which opened today and runs through Feb. 5. The boat is on display in the North Hall at CenturyLink Field Event Center, the show’s main site, and reportedly attracted plenty of attention on the show’s first day.

Made by Innespace Productions in Redding, Calif., the boat is similar in size and scale to a real killer whale and has a rounded nose, large whale tail, pectoral fins and a dorsal fin.

It’s submersible and can “jump” up to 16 feet in the air, dive under the water and reach speeds of up to 55 miles an hour. The company designed the Seabreacher.

According to Innespace’s website, the Seabreacher is unsinkable. Its hull has enough flotation that the boat will stay buoyant and level even if the cockpit and engine bay are flooded, the company says, and though it could capsize if the canopy is open, it will self-right.

Inflatable aircraft seals keep the cockpit and engine bay watertight, according to the company, and the boat is equipped with automatic bilge pumps in case the pilot forgets to inflate the seals.

So how much will a faux orca set you back? Prices start at $65,000 for a standard model and go up to more than $80,000 for a heavily customized one. Each boat is built to order, with options such as airbrushed paint schemes, GPS, iPod dock, marine stereo system and climate controls. The company has so far made the boats for customers in the Caribbean, Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (somehow it’s not difficult to imagine a sultan owning one).

The idea of zooming around Puget Sound in an imitation of one of the Northwest’s most majestic, iconic creatures is a little cringe-inducing — sort of like hang-gliding in a contraption made to look like a bald eagle. Chief Seattle must be turning over in his grave.

Still, I have to admit, this looks like a pretty fun ride, judging by the video below.

What do you think? Like it or loathe it? Would you drive one? Tell us what you think.

6 Responses to Orca boat? Seriously?!

  1. Phil Brooks February 10, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    The Seabreacher Orca craft is certainly an interesting vehicle, one I am sure most of us would like to try, but,,,,,,at those prices I doubt many will.
    What is the Seabreacher classified as? As you may or may not know, PWCs such as Seadoos are outlawed in San Juan County! I would imagine the Seabreacher would fit this classification!

  2. thom permenter January 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Looks like a thrill ride to me, and I don’t do thrill rides. give me a nice merry go round or a ferris wheel. I’ll watch the utube video tho!
    And I’m a power boater

  3. Joe Petrich January 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    I’d love to see one encounter a pod of real Orcas!

  4. Courtney Kirchoff January 28, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    The sailor in me must hate this because it’s motorized, you know, to keep that power-boater vs. sailor animosity going. But the thrillseeker in me wants to buy one! Looks like a blast! How deep can it go?

  5. Laurie Coco Lyon January 28, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    This looks like fun, a little scary too!

    • Deborah Bach January 28, 2012 at 9:06 am #

      That’s what I thought too – fun, but a little scary!

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