Join Boat Trader and boat reviewer Marilyn DeMartini at Nautical Ventures in Fort Lauderdale Florida for a full walkthrough and brief sea trial of Ocean Craft Marine's newest amphibious vessel. Looking for a center console boat that can take you from your beach house to the horizon and back again without a trailer? You just found it! On land, this RIB boat is powered by OCM's advanced BAS-80-4 Amphibious system that is comprised of a Briggs And Stratton drive with 4 independently motorized, steerable wheels. Once in the water the wheels retract completely and the vessel switches to the outboard propulsion system at the flip of a switch.
The 33-foot model we were aboard was equipped with twin 300 HP Mercury outboards that gave the amphibious vessel a top speed of 50 MPH. The boat can handle a maximum of 800 HP on her transom, with 400-HP being the recommended minimum. Military-grade helm controls with rugged shock-mitigating saddle-style seats sit under the heavy duty tubing and T-top. Heavy duty tow bars in both the front and rear of the vessel make towing or being towed easy too.