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Gibbs high-speed amphibious motorcycles – ride straight into the lake and out again

Serial amphibian creator Alan Gibbs has used the American International Motorcycle expo in Florida to launch three new outrageous recreational vehicles. Not satisfied making ridiculously fun-looking amphibious quadbikes, cars and trucks, Gibbs has now built two-and three-wheeled motorcycles that you can ride straight down a boat ramp into the water. At the touch of a button they convert to jet skis, retracting wheels out of the way and switching to jet propulsion. There’s almost no delay – the switch from road mode to water mode is done in less than 5 seconds, so you barely even lose momentum as you ride in or out of the water.Read More

Retrofittable unmanned system for navy boats takes to the water

In the waters near Portsmouth Naval Base, a small black boat recently roared about with no one at the controls. It hadn't run amok after the pilot fell overboard, but was instead a demonstration of a new robotic system developed by ASV and BAE Systems. The technology package can be retrofitted to the Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB) used by the Royal Navy (RN) to turn them into high-speed, autonomous, unmanned reconnaissance and surveillance platforms.Read More

Autopilot system for recreational boating responds to threats before they occur

Autopilot systems for yachts and inboard boats are a common backup that gives the captain an occasional rest. But these systems are designed to react to changes in conditions after they occur, which may be too late in certain circumstances, whereas the safest, most ideal system will preempt threats and react in anticipation of a coming danger. Google and others have been developing such systems for driverless cars for years, and now a startup spun out of the University at Buffalo hopes to sell preemptive marine autopilot systems to small and mid-size recreational boat owners.Read More

Frauscher once again shakes its sports car Demons out unto the sea

With designs like the 858 Fantom, Austrian shipyard Frauscher has helped make its name by reinterpreting the forms of exotic sports cars into fast, beautiful yachts. The all-new 1414 Demon is the largest example of its handiwork yet. Like one of the world's great roadsters, the new yacht features an open, speed-driven form, carbon fiber-dressed air intakes, and more than 1,000 hp of power at the rear (stern). It also has the high six-figure price tag to go along with all that.
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SeaXplorer yacht will break the ice to reach new places

While the vast majority of us will never be able to relate to this "problem," it is conceivable that the world's super-rich could eventually get bored of cruising the same ol' Caribbean and Mediterranean seas. Reaching more remote, less hospital locations, however, would take a special kind of yacht ... and that's just what the ice-breaking SeaXplorer is intended to be.Read More

In Pictures: Boats and water toys of the 2015 Interboot show

After viewing the concept cars, SUVs and other attractions of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Gizmag headed south to Lake Constance for the 2015 Interboot show. The show isn't quite as large as Boot Düsseldorf, which we attended back in January, but it is blessed with late-summer weather and a location right on the water. We saw everything from ceiling-scraping sailboats and hydrofoils, to compact electric leisure vessels, to modulars and inflatables. Read More

Modular Boner Kayak breaks down for easy transport

The Swiss-designed Boner Kayak's name doesn't translate over so well to English, but that's okay because slick design is a universal language. The kayak breaks down into three pieces that nest together and fit easily into the trunk – or even backseat – of a car. It's not the first kayak we've seen with such a modular design, but its birchwood-and-fiberglass construction makes it the most appealing. Read More

Trident ROV may be that underwater drone you've been looking for

Aerial drones are great for providing a bird’s eye view of our world. That said, some people are more interested in seeing a fish’s eye view of their local seacoast or lake. Previously, such folks had to build their own underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV). Three years ago, San Francisco startup OpenROV made things a little easier for them, by offering an ROV kit that users put together themselves. Now, the company is crowdfunding the fully-assembled Trident ROV, which can reportedly be "flown" through the water.

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