Cruden launches new five-seater powerboat simulator – a wet or dry ride for amusement parks and attractions

PowerBoat 5CTR, unveiled with the help of River Racing World Championship driver Ricky Maldonado at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014, is the most realistic, interactive powerboat racing experience for the attractions industry.

Cruden has launched its new powerboat simulator to a packed audience at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando (November 19th 2014). The five-seater simulator, which uses an actual 16-foot Phantom racing powerboat body, was unveiled to reveal River Racing World Championship driver Ricky Maldonado and three passengers taking to the waves on Powerboat 5CTR’s maiden voyage.

“We are delighted at the reaction to the PowerBoat 5CTR from the attendees at the show,” says Cruden commercial director, Frank Kalff. “The IAAPA Attractions Expo is the perfect place to launch such a new concept: for example, this is the first time we have needed to talk to water parks and wet attraction developers, and they are all here.”

The Cruden Powerboat 5CTR brings an unprecedented level of accuracy and realism to the boat race/ride experience. Cruden has applied the same, detailed modeling approach to wave and boat dynamics and professional image generation as the industry has come to expect from its race car simulators. In developing PowerBoat 5CTR, Cruden consulted and extracted data from the Dutch military on its fast interceptor vessels and security boats, as well as Florida powerboat specialists and drivers to ensure the accuracy of motion.

With two of the crew at the front controling the helm, throttle, trim and navigation, and three participating in the action from the back seats, guests are fully immersed via realistic motion (roll, pitch and heave) and interaction with ocean swell, waves and the wake from other boats. The result is a thrilling, high speed group experience which allows two or more boats to race against each other.

Powerboat 5CTR provides greater guest throughput and a more affordable motion system than race car simulators. Therefore it is a more financially attractive way for attractions to acquire a high end interactive ride. At 3.5 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.5 m high, the simulator makes an imposing centre stage simulator experience. The Powerboat 5CTR starts at €87,500 for one simulator and €165,000 for two in the recommended dual set-up.


About Cruden

Cruden is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of professional, interactive, motion-based racing simulators. The company develops the most high tech, realistic and accurate professional equipment for the top levels of international motorsport, including Formula 1, as well as vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. The same package is then made available to the global attractions market and to private individuals to create a motorsport experience which simply does not compare with ‘games’ machines on the market. Cruden’s heritage is in the development of professional simulators for the aerospace, marine and automotive industries. Originating from Fokker Aircraft Company, the company was FCS Racing Simulation before becoming Cruden in 2006.

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