Say you’re a member of a search and rescue team. You get an alert that a kid is missing somewhere out there in your waterways, but the record-setting drought this year has left your rivers and streams impossibly shallow. Whatever. As long as you have four inches of water, you’re golden.
The ReconCraft Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel (RSDV), uses a uniquely designed hull-shape that essentially helps funnel water into its water-jet intake. This means the boat has an extremely minimal draw because it’s sucking all the water it needs for propulsion right off the surface. Just four inches (or 10 centimeters, for those of you playing the metric game) is all it needs. Not only that, it tops out at a very speedy 45 knots, which translates to 51.8 miles per hour. Dayum.
Outfitted with ReconCraft’s new weed/debris grate, the RSDV can reportedly blast through most of the common stuff you’d find floating around after a flood or storm and not get clogged up. But it gets better. Is a big floating log blocking the way? Whatever, we’ll just ride over that. How about a fully exposed shoal or gravel sandbar? Yeah, we’ll jump that like some boat version of the General Lee, no prob.
The hull is made of reinforced aluminum and is painted with proprietary “Hardkor” coating that supposedly increases hull strength while reducing friction on contact points. There’s also, “trade secret adherence techniques for ultra high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene to allow boats to slide across obstructions and barriers with little resistance,” which sounds mysterious but cool and also possibly made up.