The Batboat is the generic term used to refer to any of the many watercraft used by Batman and the Batman Family over the years. From the very first, provided on a trip to England and dubbed the H.M.S. Batboat, through the current custom models, the Batboat has been an important part of Batman's crime fighting arsenal. Although the Batboats are commonly moored at Sublevel 6 in the Batcave, Bruce also maintains several others at dockside locations throughout Gotham City. All of the remote storage locations are warehouses owned by Wayne Enterprises. During the time that Bruce Wayne was forced to retire his Batman identity due to a broken back, his replacement, Jean Paul Valley took possession of all of the Batman's vehicles, including the Batboat. Since then however, Bruce has resumed the mantle of the Bat, and taken control of all of his possessions. On occasion, Bruce has been known to allow Nightwing and Robin the use of the Batboat. In recent years, Batman used the Batboat to kidnap LexCorp CEO Talia Head in order to question her about her father.
To submerge, the Batboat's foils retract to reduce parasitic drag. Its aluminum propellers are drivin by sealed AH electrolyte batteries. Environment systems include CO2-scrubbers and air-conditioning units in the Bat-Submersible's stern. Oxygen tanks provide up to six hours of breathable air. There are also emergency tanks that allow an added twelve hours of life-support. The life-support includes oxygen/helium mixes for deep-water submersion.
Batboat armaments include a pneumatic harpoon with a high-tensile titanium cable, a launching grapnel that doubles as an anchor, variable-setting depth changes, and a small supply of active-homing torpedoes with heat/motion/vibration target-acquisition. An original version of the Batboat included an over-sized Batarang ejection system.
The Batboat displays include state-of-the-art navigation and communication links, an accent-rate alarm, a dive-time clock, and a safe-ceiling depth meter.
- There have been many variations of the Batboat shown in both comic books and alternate media throughout the years. Each version of the Batboat is unique, and no two models are exactly alike.
- The first time Batman used a water vehicle, was in Batman #4, where he adapted the Batplane to transform into a "Bat-boat", then called "Speedboat".
- The Batboat featured in the film Batman Forever was designed and built by Glastron Boat Company.
- The LEGO Company produced a Batboat kit, which includes 254 pieces and a Batman and Killer Croc mini-figure.