After it was launched three years ago, we are re-introducing the Sealver Waveboat to our readers. Sealver, the manufacturer of the PWC-powered boat added many new things to its product lineup. We have highly anticipated the distribution of this new Sealver lineup in the United States. Word has already come out that they will be arriving sometime this year.
Sealver, a company based in France, has made their boats available only in Europe and other countries abroad. Although there is still no exact dates for their product launch in the US, we are happy to know that the next big thing will happen in our country this year. In this respect, we have quite a number of technical information about Sealver’s PWC-powered boats that we know will interest our readers and potential buyers.
We haven’t received any detailed information about the security system and PWC-to-boat interface except the little that we shared with our readers before. But now, additional details have been released about the makes as well as models of PWCs that have compatibility with the boats. We also received additional information about the process of interchange in switching models in case the owner has different kinds of PWC.
Our editorial team received additional details about the performance of the units especially in a large body of water where the conditions are quite rough and choppy. Here are some of the specifications and technical details of the PWCs that we know so far.
The biggest thing that we knew about Sealver’s new product lineup is the way they were able to keep the boat and ski locked together and how it can function as one operating unit. This is where the interlocking system of the unit comes in. They are simply called compatibility kits. This system has a front unit that is attached to the front part of the guide of the Wave boat. It contours perfectly and is able to accept the front part of the hull.
A side rail is also bolted to the two sides of the guide. This side rail ensures that the PWC is on the sides of the bond lines of the hull or deck. There are other side rails that use a two-piece unit that can go above and beyond the bond line. Some side rails use a one-piece unit that has a groove that can be locked onto the PWC side, but this will depend on the model and make of the PWC being used.
There is also a provision for locking the rear. A buckle system called retractable strap makes this possible. These are one-size-fits-all retractable straps. The whole system is bolted and attached to the boat’s rear part. To attach it to a PWC, as soon as it is moved or driven into the boat, the retractable strap must be pulled and then buckled to the rear tie down eyelets on the PWC.
We wondered how this set up will fare under real-life conditions in the open sea, especially if the water is rough. The Sealver staff assured us that they have tested the system and it appears that it works. They said that this system will never fail to keep the boat together in all water conditions. This is due to the boat’s unique compatibility kits coupled with its buckle system. Once the PWC is secured and locked in its place, the boat can be moved forward and backward or in all directions amidst all water conditions and the whole assembly will work as one single vessel or boat.
This buckle system is made of high quality stainless steel material therefore it is highly dependable and corrosion resistant. The compatibility system has side rails and a front unit that are molded in high density giving them great rigidity and precise alignment. In other words, the boat can be put in all its paces, and in any kind of water condition and the ski attached to it will never come lose.
There are many sizes and models of Sealver Boats. They have a wide range of capacities and can handle various water conditions as if it is a conventional boat. The boats have various handling characteristics depending on the size and model. The manufacturer claims that the 444 series is smaller but its careen hull design is sharp and incisive and can cut through waves easily. On the other hand, the 525 series navigate easier in rivers and lakes where the water is typically calm.
The biggest of Sealver boats are the 656 series which can readily adapt to all types of water conditions. Sealver also makes customized boats for the use of law enforcement agencies such as the military, police and rescue departments.
For those who already own one or more than one PWC, and would like to buy a Sealer Waveboat, there will be this issue of compatibility. The answer to this issue is the compatibility kit. This system of compatibility ensures that the front and side units are securely bolted to the Waveboat. The bolts of a former PWC can be removed and changed to the bolts appropriate for another type of PWC. Therefore, there is no doubt that any type of PWC can be made compatible with the Sealver Waveboat. Remember that the buckle system of the boat is one-size-fits-all; therefore it is not specified for any single model.
Sealver assured us that they are able to make kits for any PWC model regardless if it will be for a Kawasaki STX-15F, a Yamaha FX, FX, or VX series, or a Sea-Doo GTI. As for the costs, Sealver has not yet released any pricing information that will be followed in the US. The only price information released to us was those that are quoted in Europe. As such, they don’t include distribution costs, export fees, and taxes. At least Sealver has released detailed information about its compatibility kits and how they work. We have initially reviewed the information and we hope that we can test one unit in our shores in the near future.