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Jet Capsule to redefine fun on the water

A watercraft with character, the Jet Capsule appears more like a pelagic pod plopped down from its intergalactic mothership than a boat built in Italy.

Designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini, the high-tech transport is fashioned mostly from carbon, features a V-shaped hull, and can carry single or double engine options (paired with hydro-jet propulsion) totalling up to 387kW for a maximum speed of 50 knots.

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The futuristic cruiser, measuring more than 7.3 metres in length and 3.35 metres in width, contains photochromic windows (tint changes automatically with sunlight levels) and a fully enclosable passenger area that can be configured to seat from one to 13 people.

Navigation equipment and electronics include electrohydraulic steering, a Simrad VHF radio and chart plotter, Analogic instrumentation, and a Bose audio system.

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Completely customisable, the cabin can be fit with a kitchenette, beds, and a bathroom, or kept minimal for maximum space as a tender. Those interested in something more purpose specific can choose a militarised model with bulletproof body and windows as well as one intended for emergency services.

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Further variations on the theme include an all-electric alternative (equipped with two 60kW motors) and the smaller Super Jet Capsule, a 6 metre model that seats seven and, powered by twin 186kW boosters, can rocket to 70 knots.

Pricing for the standard version and the Super Jet Capsule starts at $US229,000 and $US169,000 (about $A306,000 and $A226,000), respectively. (jetcapsule.com)

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