Sealegs News


Sealegs Support Amphibious Boat Race

04 February 2009


Sealegs CEO, David McKee Wright, confirmed today that Sealegs International Ltd would be donating a custom made ‘Sealegs Trophy’, to be presented each year to the winner of the Onetangi Beach Race in the very competitive Sealegs category, an event now held every year at Onetangi Beach during Waitangi Weekend on Auckland’s Waiheke Island.

Since 1998 it has been organised by Waiheke Rotary Club Inc and latterly by a subcommittee Onetangi Beach Races Inc. It is a hugely popular day raising funds for charity and providing a wonderful, fun, community day and this year takes place on Sunday 8 February 2009, Waiheke Island, from 10am - 4pm.

With almost 30 Sealegs craft registered to property owners on Waiheke Island, Sealegs boats are frequently seen making the easy transition from land to water and vice versa around the island’s many beautiful beaches, so much so that Sealegs have quickly become the preferred mode of transport for many people with property either on, or close to, the water around Waiheke Island.

Sunday the 8th February will see many of those Sealegs owners line their boats up against one another for a mad dash to the ocean, out to a marker buoy and then back in for the sprint up the beach to the finish line. It will be without doubt the most unique and exciting race of the day!

Already in use in more than 14 countries worldwide under the brand name ‘Sealegs’, these high-performance amphibious boats are equipped with retractable wheels – very similar in principle to an aircraft’s wheels – and can drive across a beach and into the water. At the touch of a button the wheels fully retract and the craft transforms into a conventional speed boat. No more boat launching hassles!

Sealegs boats, with their patented amphibious technology, are designed and built in New Zealand. In addition to fully EPA-compliant ‘clean technology’ outboard engines of up to 150hp giving a water speed of approximately 50mph, an inboard air-cooled engine drives the boat up on land at 6mph to enable boat park, lakefront or ocean-side access. More information is available at