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Seakart, Jet Ski or RIB - which should I buy?

Part 4 – Seakart 335 vs Jet Skis and RIBs

In this last article of the series, we compare The Seakart 335 against Jet Ski’s and traditional RIBs.

 As a watersport lover, you are certainly psyched up with the possibility of purchasing your very own vessel.  You can only imagine the time ahead and picture yourself having fun with one.

But, right now, you find yourself caught in a quandary.  The question that remains unanswered is “Which one should I buy, a Seakart, Jet ski or a Rigid Inflatable Boat?”

While some might consider these vessels fairly different, and unworthy of comparison, they aren’t.  Obvious differences can be found in their sizes and price tags.  However, your choice of vessel goes beyond the obvious.

The Seakart is naturally compared to both Jet Ski’s and RIBs

The Seakart 335 will be on display at The South Coast Boat Show 7-9 May at MDL's Ocean Village Marina, Southampton.  Why not come along to see how to get your hands on a Seakart of your own!

"The South Coast Boat Show is a must for anyone wanting to purchase a brand-new vessel now or within the next 6-12 months. Book your appointment to ensure you don't miss out."

For information on the show, visit The South Coast Boat Show (mdlmarinas.co.uk).

We can't wait to see you, so book your appointment today via the MDL Booking portal here.  Hurry, there is only a limited number of tickets available so book quickly to secure your personal introduction to The Seakart 335!

Should you like what you have read so far, contact us for a virtual tour so that we can get you out on the water this summer! 

Visit our website www.searific.co.uk, or email info@searific.co.uk, or call 01903 530039.

Quality and customisability

This is the third in a 4-part series looking into technical detail showing why the Seakart is described as a high end, high performance craft. 

Why does the Seakart provide such a different experience on the water compared to a Jet Ski or a rigid inflatable boat?

In this week’s article, we explain the quality of The Seakart 335 build as well as showcasing the customisable options to make Your Seakart Your Way.

Part 3 – Quality and Customisability

BUILD QUALITY

Seakart ensure that every boat is built to the highest standards.  Their skilled craftsmen ensure that every section of the boat is finished to the highest quality – they even make their own inflatable tubes rather than buying them in ready made which is rare in today’s RIB market.

Only the best materials are sourced, using world class Hypalon fabrics for the tubes and high end marine upholstery means that this boat feels special in every way possible.

Of course, when you mention quality you cannot overlook the quality engine.  At Yamaha they pride themselves on performance and durability in every market they are a part of.  The reliability of the Yamaha engines will vary depending on the motor of choice and can have a life span from anywhere between 1,500 – 3,000 hours!

CUSTOMISATIONS

Every part of the Seakart that you can see is fully customisable!  We will run through the varying options available should you wish to build to order:

Tubes

Seakart has chosen the best supplier of Hypalon fabric in the world.  Hypalon is a far superior fabric to PVC which is more prone to cracking than Hypalon and has a shorter life span of approx. 5-10 years versus Hypalons 15-20 years.

The Orca Hypalon comes in a variety of finishes and every finish is available in a rainbow of colour choices.

Image above: Examples showing the different finishes of the fabric for the tubes available!

Seats

Again, Seakart does not disappoint with the choice of seat fabric supplier.  The Spradling range is the “go-to” range for Marine Exteriors and Interiors.  Their coated fabrics are engineered, tested and certified to resist the toughest conditions in marine environments.  They offer a seriously wide range of over 25 fabrics which can vary from offering 1 colour choice up to 26 colours choices depending on fabric chosen.

Image above: Just a small selection of fabrics available!

Gel coat - hull and deck

Should you wish, Seakart can offer the gel coat to be a different colour – depending on gel coats available.  The most popular seem to be all black or all white but other colours are available upon request.

Image above: Seakart produce a 3D image of each model prior to build! Here you can see the black gel coat on the hull with black tubes! How mean would this boat look out on the water?!

Gel coat - nose and console

Much like the hull and deck – the nose and console cover on the Seakart can be your colour of choice.  This is a popular choice when keeping the hull and deck white to customise to your tastes – we’ve seen a wide variety of colours from blue, yellow, grey, red, pink and of course black!

Image above: Just two examples of customers being adventurous and individual in their colour choices - the nose and console colours really make a statement!

Seakart have recently developed some carbon fibre parts which are gradually being rolled out – the carbon fibre console cover looks awesome! Pictures available on request - its that new we don't have any to share yet!

Marine Audio System

When it comes to marine audio systems – Fusion is the best!  Their award-winning entertainment systems are designed for all shapes and sizes of boats.  For the Seakart, the best option is to have a hidden stereo in the nose of the boat, with a remote control located on the steering wheel for instant access to all your music.  We believe the best combination to be:

2 x 8.8” Signature speakers in the nose

2 x 4” speakers under the console at the helm

Stereo and amplifier hidden in the nose

Remote control on the steering wheel

The chosen unit will most likely have Bluetooth functionality as well as a USB port hidden with the console switches.  The choice of combinations is yours and the speakers come in a variety of colours / finishes.  Oh and did we mention the top of the range 8.8” Signature speakers are backlit too!

Image above: From Fusions website showing the colourful backlights!
Image above: In situ on our 110hp model currently in stock (at time of writing)

Lighting

Seakart offer both on-board and under water lighting.  The lights of choice, yep you guessed it are of a high quality.  The underwater lights have the full LED spectrum of colours even though there is more basic lighting available – who wouldn’t want a colourful light show of their own!

Image above: Another bespoke Seakart with blue tubes, backlit speakers in the nose, under console lights and full spectrum underwater lights!

Teak decking

There are 2 main types of decking available in the marine sector – both are synthetic but are very authentic too!  On one hand you have the SeaDek synthetic teak which is the “spongier” material and very comfy underfoot.  It comes in a wide variety of main and caulking colours to match your colour scheme of seating for the sporty look.

Image above: The rear platform showcasing the SeaDek synthetic teak

However, our personal preference is the Flexiteek 2G which is designed to be safe and comfortable in extreme conditions and to last for many years with minimal maintenance.  Available in stylish, contemporary colours its no wonder that over 200 of the worlds leading boat builders choose this product – and Seakart is no different!

Other modification options

All the chrome fittings are optional and should you wish to choose a different handle shape Seakart will source to your tastes and order following approval.  Chrome fittings such as flag poles, extra handles in the foreseats, cleats and grabrails on the transom for re-boarding.

We hope you have enjoyed learning all about The Seakart and what makes it so special.  The fun starts when you choose Your Seakart Your Way … and continues when you’re out on the water!!

Lazy summer days!

Look out for the final part-4 next week when we will be summarising why we think the Seakart 335 stands out above and beyond that of Jet Ski’s and traditional RIBs.

Should you like what you have read so far, contact us for a virtual tour so that we can get you out on the water this summer! 

Visit our website www.searific.co.uk, or email info@searific.co.uk, or call 01903 530039.

Booking portal now open! Click here to get your tickets The South Coast Boat Show.

Hurry only, limited slots available and booking fast!

Handling, ergonomics and comfort

This is the second in a 4-part series looking into technical detail showing why the Seakart is described as a high end, high performance craft. 

Why does the Seakart provide such a different experience on the water compared to a Jet Ski or a rigid inflatable boat?

In this week’s article, we are getting up close and personal with the layout of The Seakart 335 as well as explaining how the design converts into distinctive handling for an utterly unique experience.

Part 2 – Handling, ergonomics, and comfort

SEATING LAYOUT

Something that makes The Seakart 335 really stand out from other tenders or RIB’s in the same size range is the layout.  The Seakart has a central seating location for the helm – if you are running one-up for fully loaded, having that central positioning in the boat gives lots of options for balancing the load so the boat runs nicely in all conditions.

Having the layout of 3 seated across the stern allows the driver to share the experience with the passengers – unlike a jet ski or a RIB where the passengers are either behind or in front of you.  Sharing the experience is half of the fun!

The Seakart boasts 5 full size seats – all forward facing - this is unusual for a vessel of this size.

Image above: 5 full size seats is unusual in a boat this size!

The design of the rear seats are very reminiscent of a sports car bucket seat with bolster cushions giving extra support to really hold the driver and passengers in place during the tight turns that this vessel can achieve.  The backrests for rear seats are also of a good height, (up to shoulder blade height for a 6’ adult, or shoulder height for shorter adults) for supporting the motion at high speeds with stainless steel handles to give the passengers extra grip!  The 2 seats slightly forward of the midships allow leg room for adults, have a handhold each side for additional support and although have lower back rests that the rear seats, still give more support than other tenders or RIBs this size. The height of all the seats (in relation to the tubes) is lower than normal which really gives the feeling of sitting in the boat and not perching on top – and gives the helm a real race car feel!

REAR PLATFORM

The design of the rear seats has also been cleverly integrated with the splash proof transom!  The high transom prevents the backwash from flooding the rest of the boat when slowing down. 

You’ve also got a retractable bathing ladder as standard as well as extra handles which makes re-boarding the Seakart really easy.  The bathing ladder works nicely with what is a sizeable platform for a small tender, there is lots of space to get on and off, in and out of the water.  On the transom is also the ski hook – being easily accessible from either the rear seats or platform makes attaching your water toys quick and simple.

Image above: The rear platform showing the transom, bathing ladder and bespoke teak decking

HELM

When you are sat at the helm, you immediately feel comfortable, secure and in control with the height-adjustable sports style steering wheel at a comfortable distance.  The engine cover which is located underneath the console conveniently has footrest indents to really lock yourself in as a driver if you are throwing the boat around having some fun!

Image above: The alluring Start / Stop buttons just asking to be pressed!

On the steering wheel is the ever-alluring green Start button and Red Stop button. For me, this is the first thing you see when you take your seat – it is such an invitation and really sets the scene for the experience to come.

Another noticeable difference is the Seakart does not have a throttle lever.  Instead, the throttle is located on a paddle accelerator behind the steering wheel on the right hand side with the neutral / reverse paddle on the left.  This gives a massive benefit that the driver can keep 2 hands on the steering wheel at all times rather than 1 on the steering wheel and one of the throttle lever like a traditional RIB.  Having a paddle accelerator enhances the sports car feel – as the power is literally at your fingertips.  Being able to keep both hands on the wheel also means that you can make full use of the accurate steering that The Seakart has.  Instead of 2 or 3 turns of the wheel to achieve full lock, like most other boats, The Seakarts steering wheel only rotates one ¼ turn mimicking a racing car.  The small movements of the wheel enables the driver to really throw The Seakart around and is great fun on a slalom course!

Image above: Great image of the layout showing the paddle accelerator, footrests in the engine cover and the rear seats.

Also on the steering wheel is the remote control for the Fusion audio system.  The Fusion system is able to connect to your devices via Bluetooth, or USB located in the console, which is then easily controllable via the remote control.  If you have the 180hp engine option, the engine trim will also be on the steering wheel – so everything you need is at hand.

Lifting the console cover you reveal the instrument switched and removeable battery isolater key. Whenever you are leaving the Seakart, it is generally good practise to fully isolate the system, so it does not drain the battery, this is done by turning the battery isolator switch by a ¼ turn.  Here you will also find the USB connection for the speaker system should you wish to connect your music that way instead of Bluetooth.  In this console you can find the navigation lights, onboard or underwater light switches as well as the bilge pump and blower switches. 

Sat nicely on the either side of the console are the wing mirrors.  These are most useful with towsports and for helping survey the surroundings for other vessels.

STORAGE

Behind the switches in the console is a deep storage section which is ideal for any paperwork you may need to carry as well as drinks and a small grab bag – should you wish.

Under the rear seats reveals two hatches giving access to the engine room.  Here you will find the flushing attachment as well as the battery.  As explained in our previous article, a jet engine uses sea water to cool certain parts of the engine and exhaust system, so when you are finished using The Seakart and you are putting it away at the end of the day it is very important to flush the whole system with fresh water, so it removes any of the corroding sea water that has been used to cool the system.

Under the front seats are two small storage sections ideal for snacks / drinks / mobile phones or small grab bags.  Anything you may need to keep dry on a leisure day trip!

COMFORT

Of course, the whole fibreglass structure of the boat is cocooned by the inflatable collar which also adds and element of comfort.  When stationery and having fun or beached, the tubes can act as an extra seat or somewhere to rest against and in the unfortunate event of an impact can act as a protective cushion.

Image above: Lazy summer days!

HANDLING

The hull on the Seakart has been cleverly designed to have a deep V at the bow and then the underside flattens out towards the stern.  The deep V allows for the waves to be split into two which means The Seakart can cut through the waves better than a shallow V hull.  The flatter hull at the stern gives the Seakart a lower angle on the plane which gives more stability as it is riding more on the water than in it.  It is this lower angle combined with the ¼ turn accurate steering that creates the “drifting” sensation akin to that you would experience in a rear-wheel-drive car.  With the high power to weight ratio and when the driver can get the sweet spot of steering and power it is an awesome feeling.

With the 180hp option – there is the L-mode which reduces the power to approx. 80hp which allows less experienced drivers to experience this unique handling sensation.

Whether you’re accelerating to achieve maximum speed or slowing down to explore the ocean and surrounding scenery, the Seakart 335 guarantees a fun, fast thrill.

The Seakart guarantees a Fun Fast Thrill!

Look out for part-3 next week when we will be looking at quality and customisability.

To find out more about this high-end craft, visit our website Searific.co.uk or contact us at info@searific.co.uk.

Click here to get your tickets The South Coast Boat Show (mdlmarinas.co.uk)

Visit our website for more details on this amazing craft!
Fully customisable – make your Seakart your way!

Contact us on 01903 530039 or email info@searific.co.uk to book your virtual viewing!

Performance and jet safety

This is the first in a 4-part series looking into technical detail showing why the Seakart is described as a high end, high performance craft. 

Why does the Seakart provide such a different experience on the water compared to a Jet Ski or a rigid inflatable boat?

This week, we are getting inside the hull of The Seakart 335 and explain how the Yahama engine and jet drive system works so well.

Part 1 – Performance and jet safety

ACTIVITIES WITH THE SEAKART®

The high performance Seakart has a top speed of 45mph or 65mph depending on choice of either 110bhp or 18bhp 4-stroke Yamaha jet engine.

Thanks to the advances in hull designs, propulsion systems wake-enhancing technology, there are really no limitations to what you can do with a Seakart. Slow speed manoeuvrability, such as when docking, has been greatly improved over the years as has fuel consumption.

Did you know that the Seakarts Yamaha steering nozzle is also flyboard compatible for extreme watersports experiences?! Cool huh!

The rear platform is a great space to fit water skis, wakeboards and water toys to ski hook.  There is also a trim and tilt control on the steering wheel to add waves at the back of the Seakart for the wakeboard enthusiasts.

Jet drives offer a lot of practical advantages over propeller driven stern drives or outboard motors, mostly related to the fact that they are safer in conditions where impacts with foreign objects are likely. As mentioned above, they’re great in shallow waters, but inboard jets can also be backed up on to beaches given the absence of any protruding parts including rudders.  The jet drives give greater acceleration and with the centre of gravity being in the middle of the boat (instead of being at the back like an outboard engine) the handling is more precise and better balanced.

Jet propulsion not only gives the Seakart its unique performance and agility, it provides a great safety factor for a craft that is so versatile. 

Jet drives are certainly safer than props from an embarkation/disembarkation point of view for water skiers and wakeboarders, in as much as the engine can safely be left running at all times without the risk of anyone being seriously injured by the incased impeller.

Image above: Rear view of The Seakart.  Here you can see the steering nozzle and reverse bucket as well as the splash proof transom and headrest.

UNDERSTANDING JET PROPULSION

Jet pumps tuck all the whirling parts within the cylindrical pump enclosure, safely out of reach. This configuration also means a Seakart can operate in shallower water, and should it run aground, likely won’t suffer serious damage.

But just exactly how does jet propulsion work? Here’s a brief explanation of this critical component of our favourite watercraft.

UNDER PRESSURE

Engines get much more of the spotlight, but it’s the pump that actually translates that engine’s potential into usable power to push your craft forward through the water. As the engine turns over, it rotates, or spins, a driveshaft extending backward from the engine and passing through the hull. At the end of that driveshaft, within the safe confines of the jet pump, is the impeller which, when connected to the driveshaft, spins in unison. Give your craft a blast of throttle and that impeller spins faster; release the throttle to idle and that impeller spins slower. Unlike a gear-driven propeller, however, that impeller is always spinning when the engine is running. It doesn’t stop or reverse direction, it just spins.

The result of all that whirling, at least on the inlet side of the pump, is the creation of negative pressure. It’s this pressure that “pulls” or sucks water into the pump cavity. As the water passes through the swiftly rotating impeller, that pressure becomes positive. The impeller is now “pushing” the water back toward the pump outlet.

Before it gets there, however, it must be straightened. If left to leave the pump in a spiraling motion, it would cause the craft to literally tilt to one side from the force. The task of straightening this flow falls to the stator veins, short, fin-like protrusions within the pump. The stator veins not only straighten out the flow, they also enhance its velocity. What really provides the force, however, is the portion of the pump that follows – the venturi. The funnel-shaped cone that most people equate with the jet pump’s outlet or “nozzle,” the venturi effectively acts in the same way your thumb would when placed over the end of a fast-flowing garden hose. It reduces the line size, and causes the water’s velocity to increase. This accelerated blast of water then pushes your craft forward.

Before it gets there, however, it must be straightened. If left to leave the pump in a spiraling motion, it would cause the craft to literally tilt to one side from the force. The task of straightening this flow falls to the stator veins, short, fin-like protrusions within the pump. The stator veins not only straighten out the flow, they also enhance its velocity. What really provides the force, however, is the portion of the pump that follows – the venturi. The funnel-shaped cone that most people equate with the jet pump’s outlet or “nozzle,” the venturi effectively acts in the same way your thumb would when placed over the end of a fast-flowing garden hose. It reduces the line size, and causes the water’s velocity to increase. This accelerated blast of water then pushes your craft forward.

REDIRECTING THE FLOW

If left alone, that force would just push the craft forward. Unlike traditional boats, Seakarts don’t have rudders to control their direction. The only way to steer the craft is to redirect the pump’s thrust in the appropriate direction. Enter the steering nozzle. Linked via cable to the sports steering wheel, this nozzle is attached to the venturi and pivots from side-to-side to redirect water flow according to the driver’s input at the helm. Turn the wheel to the left or right and the steering nozzle responds in kind, redirecting the thrust to push the craft in the desired direction.

So how does a Seakart move in reverse? The same concept applies. Remember, water is always flowing out of the pump. To push the craft backwards, that water must be redirected forward. The steering nozzle couldn’t possibly handle this task. Instead, a reverse “bucket” drops into the flow and, with its curved shape, redirects the thrust forward. Steering still applies. Water is simply sent forward in relation to the angle it reaches and is deflected by the reverse bucket.

Neutral? Like reverse, there’s really no such thing, at least in the gearing sense. To achieve a neutral-like position, the reverse bucket just partially deploys. Water is redirected down, rather than forward or back, effectively keeping the craft in a stationary position.

Yamaha’s system on the Seakart is called RiDE®. It has the throttle paddle on right and the left paddle engages the reverse bucket. When you want to stop, ease off the throttle, squeeze left paddle to engage the reverse bucket as a brake. The RiDE® system is genuinely effective in slow-speed manoeuvring, such as getting away from the slipway and docking.

Look out for part-2 next week when we will be looking at Handling, ergonomics and comfort.

Click here to get your tickets The South Coast Boat Show (mdlmarinas.co.uk)

Visit our website for more details on this amazing craft!
Fully customisable – make your Seakart your way!

Contact us on 01903 530039 or email info@searific.co.uk to book your virtual viewing!

Seakart 335 to make its UK debut at the South Coast Boat Show

The South Coast Boat Show: 7-9 May 2021

Ocean Village Marina - Southampton

Now in its third year, The South Coast Boat Show features the marine industry’s most exciting and innovative global power and sail brands. With over eighty new boats on display to explore this is an ideal opportunity for serious buyers who want to experience a high-quality range of boats in stunning surroundings. The South Coast Boat Show is appointment only ensuring an exclusive customer experience within a showroom environment.

The South Coast Boat Show is a must for anyone wanting to purchase a brand-new vessel now or within the next 6-12 months. Book your appointment to ensure you don't miss out. 

Click here to get your tickets The South Coast Boat Show Booking Portal

High end open water FUN - The Seakart 335!

Combining the speed and excitement of a jetski with the safety and comfort of a RIB, the high end Seakart 335 will make its UK debut at MDL’s South Coast Boat Show guided by Raymarine at its flagship Ocean Village Marina, 7-9 May 2021.

Ideal as a versatile tender for a yacht owner or for family weekend fun, this 3.5m by 2m recreational craft comfortably seats five people. It can give the adrenaline rush of a kart on the water or the calm relaxation of a family outing. 

Coming with a choice of two 4-stroke Yamaha jet engines, 110bhp and 180bhp, the Seakart 335 can reach maximum speeds of 45mph and 65mph respectively. Designed to be incredibly easy to operate, the Seakart offers power and control in equal measures.

It really offers a unique experience, due to the clever hull design, that no other boat can!  Imagine drifting a sports car, but on the water – awesome stuff hey!

Anyone unfamiliar to boating will readily feel at home behind the wheel of this powerful hybrid craft and with a dry weight of 430kg it is easily towable behind most vehicles to store at home on the driveway or in the garage.

This performance boat really turns heads as it has the WOW factor! 

The Seakart 335 is just one of the exciting line-up of global boating brands that will be exhibiting at the South Coast Boat Show in 2021, both on the water and in the new landside exhibition area.

Click here to get your tickets The South Coast Boat Show Booking Portal

Visit our website for more details on this amazing craft!
Fully customisable – make your Seakart your way!

Contact us on 01903 530039 or email info@searific.co.uk to book your virtual viewing!

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Seakart Boat Test in Powerboat and Rib Magazine Issue 166 JAN/FEB

Seakart Boat Test in Powerboat and Rib Magazine Issue 166 JAN/FEB

My first impression had me grinning from ear to ear” Tom Monty-Swan, PBR

PBR carried out a full sea trial at the end of last season, and we are very excited to share with you the full boat test.

To read the review, it is as easy as registering on the PBR website for FREE and catch the full article in full on pages 86, 87 and 88 of the digital edition!

https://www.powerboatandrib.com/free-digital-edition/

The Seakart is a high end, sporty craft which has awesome turn of speed and handling that creates a drifting sensation like a super car.  This small but powerful high-performance boat makes getting out onto the water easy and fun for all the family.

Visit our website for more details on this amazing craft!
Fully customisable – make your Seakart your way!

Contact us on 01903 530039 or email info@searific.co.uk to book your virtual viewing!

Seakart Boat Test in Powerboat and Rib Magazine Issue 166 JAN/FEB 2021 (mailchi.mp)

Win a 2-hour Seakart 335 Champagne Adventure Ride For Two

Win a 2-hour Champagne Adventure Ride for Two in Seakart 335, skippered by Simon Duke, stopping on the way for a bottle of champagne* in our Free Prize Draw.

How to enter

To enter the Prize Draw, simply complete the entry form online here:

https://form.jotformeu.com/202255407349353

• Entries close 12pm, Saturday 31st October 2020. Entries received after that time will not be included in the draw.

Terms and Conditions apply
*Other refreshment choices are available