The introduction of Rand Boats' Picnic and Picnic Sport motorboats now offers a lightweight, large-capacity, electric-powered alternative to traditional gas-powered boats. Able to seat up to 10 people and weighing in at a relatively svelte 280 kg (617 lb), both models can sail for up to 16 hours at a maximum speed of 13 km/h (8 mph) depending on the choice of motors and batteries.
Last year we reported on a motorized and self-inflating stand-up paddleboard by Slovenian company SipaBoards. Since the successful Kickstarter campaign that followed, the firm has snagged a prestigious Red Dot design award and has now returned with an updated model for 2016 that caters to fishermen.
Boats are as old as human civilization, but that doesn't mean there's no room for improving the design. Case in point is the SkiSea, a new hull concept out of Australia that uses special skis to provide hydrofoil-like lift. SkiSea creator Trevor Payne says this approach allows for greater fuel economy, stability in rough waters, a shallow draught, and higher speeds while generating minimal wash or bow waves. Gizmag spoke with Payne about his design.
We've already looked back at some of the most fun off-road toys of 2015. Those are great for big kids that like to play on land, but what about those folks that prefer to get their feet wet? Luckily, 2015 had plenty of new designs and innovations for them, too. We've plucked our favorite motorized toys, paddle-propelled watercraft and towables from our 2015 coverage to whet the appetite of those anxious to get on the water.
Transporting cars, equipment and even people across bodies of water could get a little less cumbersome, thanks to the inflatable Ferryboat built by Slovenia-based Hovercraft. Coming in one size large enough to transport a car and another sized for more personal use, the Ferryboat can be quickly inflated and launched from just about anywhere.
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
Lazzarini's Jet Capsule "mini yacht" protoype garnered plenty of attention when it was unveiled in 2013, as did the smaller, faster Reptile version earlier this year. Now, a new 2016 public launch version has been announced. It retains its pod-like look and offers a variety of features and options.
Designed to deliver some of the on-water fun of a small boat without the work and hassle, the Chilli Island watercraft navigates the crisp, blue water like a motorized lounge chair. This small electric vessel has everything you need to enjoy a sunny day on the (not so) high seas with your favorite companion.
Parrot is already known for its drones that fly through the air and roll/jump along the ground,
but until now the French company hasn't had much to do with the water.
That'll change next month, however, when Parrot releases its Minidrone
This weekend saw the eighth Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (CPOP) in Cheshire, UK. The show is set in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle. The only things more spectacular than the setting were the cars, bikes, watercraft and aircraft on display. Gizmag went for a look.