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Sealegs unveils rugged aluminium amphibious craft


Caption: The new aluminium D-Tube Sealegs amphibious craft

Sealegs unveils rugged aluminium amphibious craft

Auckland, 22 August 2005: Listed marine company, Sealegs Corporation Limited (NZX:SLG), has unveiled an all-new Aluminium Amphibious marine craft, the Sealegs D-Tube.

The 5.6m amphibious boat featuring a 4mm marine grade aluminium hull with 3mm aluminium D-Tube shaped pontoons went on show for the first time at the National Boat Show in Hamilton at the weekend.

Sealegs CEO Mr David McKee Wright says “The Hamilton Boat show was the worldwide release for this new D-Tube model and it attracted considerable interest as we believed it would. The new design makes a very rugged boat with exceptional stability and safety.”

The D-Tube amphibious boat has been based on market demand and feedback from various military and rescue organizations as well as serious fisherman. “With its all aluminium construction it has the ruggedness and toughness to perform in demanding commercial environments,” he says.

With its walk-around centre console and eight rod holders as standard, the Sealegs D-Tube is an excellent fishing platform. It also features a self draining deck with scuppers and foam filled pontoons. The D-Tube pontoons mean that the boat is very stable at rest with ample room forward and aft for fishing.

Based on the English Channel world record setting Sealegs amphibious marine craft with its proven amphibious technology, the Sealegs D-Tube boat does 60kmph on the water with a 90hp outboard and 10kmph on land with its inboard 16hp Honda engine. The hydraulically powered all terrain wheels fully retract when in the water which eliminates any drag.

The Sealegs D-Tube 5.6m aluminium boat is $69,000 +GST with a 90hp Yamaha 2-stroke engine.

Sealegs has registered design patents and worldwide patents pending for its unique amphibious technology.

Sealegs D-Tube 5.6m Factsheet;

Sealegs patent-pending hydraulically motorised, steerable and retractable wheel system
LENGTH OVERALL: 5.6 metres (18ft 4”)
BEAM: 2.4 metres (7ft 11”)
HULL: 4mm 5083 Aluminium Hull with 21 degree deadrise
TOP SPEED (WATER): 60km/h (37 mph)
TOP SPEED (LAND) 10km/h (6mph)
Powered By 90hp outboard
Centre console with seating and underseat/deck storage lockers
Two rear marinised hydraulic wheels powered by a 4 stroke in-board engine with electronic ignition and electric start
Hydraulic steering with steerable front wheel
Fitted with all-terrain 25 inch (635mm) tyres
Hydraulic cylinders raise and lower legs

ENDS


About Sealegs Corporation

Sealegs Corporation Limited is a public company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange Main Board with the ticker symbol SLG.

Sealegs will attempt to set a new world record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel by an amphibious vehicle later this year.

Sealegs amphibious boats are used by customers in New Zealand, Australia, Dubai, France, UK and the USA.

Sealegs Corporation owns 100% of Sealegs International Limited, the world's leading manufacturer of amphibious boats. Sealegs International has developed a patent pending system of hydraulically motorised, steerable and retractable wheels for amphibious boats.

For more information on Sealegs see www.sealegs.com

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