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 (1755 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.