Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy one?
Yes, Seabreacher Australia is currently offering custom built versions of the Seabreacher for public sale. Each vessel is built to order. No production units are available for immediate purchase.
Do you offer financing?
Unfortunately not, but the total is broken up into four stage payments throughout the course of production. Our terms are typically 30% deposit, 20% upon engine installation, 20% upon operational controls, and 30% on completion and acceptance trial.
How long does it take to learn to operate?
It is surprisingly quick to pick up the basic operation of the Seabreacher and learn to navigate on the surface. Prolonged dives and other tricks take a little longer to master, but most pilots are proficient in a couple of days.
How deep can they dive?
About 5 feet for brief durations, but generally they go just a few feet below the surface in order to keep the snorkel above the water. However, due to the introduction of our new optional detachable snorkel extension upgrades, another 3 – 4 feet deeper at dive can be reached.
How fast can they go?
The Seabreacher is capable of 47 knots (88 km/h) on the surface and up to 22 knots (40km/h) under water.
What happens if I dive too deep?
Because the Seabreacher is positively buoyant, it needs speed in order to dive, which means the engine needs to be running, and the engine needs fresh air to breathe. The moment you dive too deep, the engine's air supply is cut off and the engine immediately loses power; therefore, it pops back to the surface. Sometimes it will pop up backwards if you try and dive too deep and too steep.
Can they sink?
No, the hull is constructed with enough flotation that it will always remain buoyant and level, even if the cockpit and engine bay are fully flooded. The water level in the cockpit would not exceed mid-waist level in such a situation, so water could be easily pumped out and the vessel refloated.
Is there a way to escape from the inside if necessary?
Yes, there are handles and emergency pull pins on both the outside and inside of the boat so it can always be opened.
Can it capsize? What's the maximum degree of rotation?
Yes, if the canopy is open it is possible to capsize the vessel, but it's very stable and will self right. The Seabreacher can be rolled over as much as you'd like with the canopy closed, but can only roll 30 degrees with the canopy open.
Can they operate in the ocean or surf?
They have been designed to operate in salt water as well as fresh water and are designed to handle moderate ocean conditions. We do not recommend that novice operators operate them in surf or rough ocean conditions.
How do you launch them?
They can be launched at regular boat ramps from an optional custom-built trailer with no more difficulty than launching a conventional boat.
Do they leak?
The cockpit and engine bay are kept 100% watertight with the aid of inflatable aircraft seals. If the pilot forgets to inflate the seals, there can be minor leaks, but any water in the boat is automatically pumped out via the automatic bilge pumps.
Are they scary or claustrophobic to operate?
The ride can be as mild or wild as you wish. An experienced pilot can give passengers a scary ride if that's what they're looking for. Most people find the cockpit to be surprisingly open feeling due to the large panoramic canopy and view ports. If a pilot or passenger feels claustrophobic, it is possible to operate the Seabreacher at full speed on the surface with the canopy in its open position.
Do they require a support boat?
We strongly recommend that a support boat is present whenever you operate a Seabreacher. This is not as much for the Seabreacher but more to help keep other boaters or water users from coming too close to the vessel when it is operating. We also recommend having radio communication between the vessel and chase boat as an added precaution. We continue to use a support boat every time we go out, even after ten years of operation.
Do I need a license to operate them?
Yes, because the Seabreacher has an engine that consists of more than 6 horsepower, and is classified as a recreational watercraft, all pilots of these vessels will require a Recreation Skippers Ticket. We also offer comprehensive training to any customer who purchases a custom built Seabreacher.
Can I register or insure them?
Yes, they can be registered as a conventional inboard boat and we can help you with finding insurance coverage for your Seabreacher.
Can I rent one?
Not at this stage, but many of our customers have expressed interest in starting Seabreacher rental operations, so there may be a Seabreacher rental facility near you in the upcoming future.