Every year I get excited to feature my favorite superyacht toys and gadgets that I have seen on my travels around the world. This year there are many unique items from a wide selection of amphibious vehicles and flying machines to luxury items that every yacht owner must have. On a recent journey through the Mediterranean, I visited numerous superyachts and spoke with their owners about what they are looking for to add to their collections. Almost everyone said they wanted unique and useful gadgets as well as unusual and thrill-seeking toys that will excite their guests and offer them the perfect Instagram moment.
While inflatable slides and jet skis are always a mainstay item aboard most yachts, these extravagant and very creative toys will excite even the most jaded passenger. Some of these items were successfully crowdfunded this year and are now available for pre-orders, others are quickly becoming popular with yachties around the world and a few are currently being developed for future release. Please enjoy my top 12 selections for 2018.
Platypus Submersible Watercraft ($75,000)
The Platypus was developed for the exploration of shallow water. It can be used on or under the water and is basically a trimaran with a central floating pod that is connected to the top floats by rocker arms. It allows passengers to navigate underwater and is powered by two outboard electrical motors. Air is provided for the passengers of the pod through an integrated electric air compressor in the floats which eliminates the need for a tank.
Ariel Nomad Kart ($45,000+)
The Ariel Nomad offers the thrill of go-karting in a stable, street-friendly, and safe, reinforced vehicle with speeds up to 60 mph. The new model features a windscreen and includes a steel frame with a twin-spring damper system providing a comfortable ride in rough terrain. Easily stored on most superyachts, this is the perfect choice for adventurous yachties who want to explore those remote coastlines.
This amphibious jeep can turn into a boat once it hits the water. Designed by Michigan-based Gibbs Sports Amphibians, the Terraquad can do 50 mph on land or in water. The company previously introduced the QuadSki, an amphibious ATV-jetski hybrid and also offers the Biski, a motorcycle that turns into a jet ski. The Biski takes five seconds for its wheels to retract and then switch over to jet propulsion. You can drive directly into the water even at full-speed. The 500-pound solo vehicle can reach speeds of 80 mph on land and 37 mph in the water.
SEABOB F 5SR With Camera ($17,045)
The SEABOB F5 SR is the most powerful unit offered by the company. Its system gives a strong propulsive force and is controlled by 7 power levels. Your guests can glide through the water at a casual speed in low gear or zip through the water in high gear at fast speed. The SEABOB also offers up a super cool Cam system with two integrated cameras including one selfie cam and a full-HD camera recording system in the bow. The 77 lb. unit also features a built-in storage system and a Wi-Fi transmission module.
Mako Slingshot Jet Board ($12,000)
The Mako Slingshot is a carbon fiber Jetboard powered by a 2-stroke engine that provides a top speed of 30 mph on the water. Thrill seekers are loving electric powered wakeboards but the Slingshot relies on extreme jet power for speed and the rider controls the throttle using a handheld remote. Its unique hydrodynamics allows for exact handling and it’s perfect for the superyacht since it is compact at 72 inches long and lightweight at 42 lbs. A full tank gives your guests 40 minutes of ride time at full throttle, and it will support anyone up to 220 pounds.
Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 ($8,000)
The Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 is a pedal-assist electric hydrofoil bike mixing pedaling with electronic power similar to e-bikes, but the Manta5 pedals spin a propeller, not a wheel. The rear-mounted propeller moves the bike forward and utilizes its submerged hydrofoil wings. The wings where wheels would be on a bicycle, helping disperse the rider’s weight and keeping them on the surface. As the rider pedals forward, they work like wings, reducing drag and pushing the bike up out of the water. A full charge yields one hour of runtime for a 190-pound rider. Available for shipping in 2019.
Zapata Flyride ($6,000)
This flying personal watercraft works just like a flying jet ski and is easier than riding a bike because it’s doesn’t require the rider to maintain balance. Internal sensors and electronics make the necessary adjustments to keep the unit level and steady, even when riders shift their weight.
C Dock Voyager ($3,842)
The Nautibuoy Voyager C-Dock is a floating platform and the perfect support for yachts with Seabob’s. The inflatable collar is lightweight and easy to inflate and makes it easy to keep the Seabob ready whenever guests want to use it. The C-Dock eliminates the need for the crew lifting the Seabobs in and out of the water and is kind of like a garage on the water. The Voyager also offers a more luxurious look with a teak foam finish and is compatible with Nautibuoy’s huge line of floating platforms.
Gocycle GS Electric Bike ($2,799)
Originally launched on Kickstarter, the GS is an entry level folding electric bike that compliments the luxe G3 model that was previously released. The lightweight design comes in a wide range of color combinations. It has torque sensing, direct mechanical shifting, and an oversized handlebar. The GS is also compatible with the GocycleConnect App, which provides custom driving modes as well as health stats for the calorie conscious and also features maximum and average pedal power. This is the perfect item for your yacht crew, and I have seen it used on many superyachts in my travels. Weighing just 35 lbs, there are no cables, chains or gears and can be stowed inside a crew members cabin.
Hammocraft SUP Kit ($2,495)
The ultimate item to have for those quiet afternoons when you are anchored in a remote bay, the Hammocraft is a hammock structure that sits directly onto an inflatable paddleboard or kayak. They are easy to assemble and disassemble, with options to purchase the hammock itself, or the whole paddleboard or kayak kit that includes everything that you need.
Navatics MITO Underwater Drone ($1,199)
Created to make underwater photography, video and live streaming available to everyone, MITO is equipped with a 4K video camera, two 1000 lumen LED lights and an easy-to-pilot system with a range of 600 yards. It can explore depths of up to 130 feet, and weighs just 6.6 lbs. It has been designed to be compact enough even for airline carry-on. The drone will be available for shipping in the Fall.
Bartesian Cocktail Maker ($299)
Bartesian creates premium cocktails on demand for the busy yacht crew. This is a Keurig machine for cocktails and the first capsule-based cocktail machine. Simply insert a capsule, select the strength, and enjoy a perfectly crafted cocktail in seconds. Four reservoirs contain each of your favorite spirits (vodka, gin, rum, tequila, or whiskey). When a capsule is inserted the system draws the spirit from the appropriate reservoir. The strength of each drink is adjustable from mocktail to triple-shot making it quick and easy for demanding guests. I have personally used this item and it is revolutionary and the drinks taste exactly like your favorite cocktail. I spoke with CEO Ryan Close who tells me, “We wanted to enjoy premium cocktails without having to go out and buy, store and prepare all the required liqueurs, bitters and juices. We hoped to simplify the experience of hosting – and being hosted, without sacrificing taste or quality. Bartesian will be offered in early 2019 at luxury hotels such as the Hyatt and Ritz Carlton. It will also be available within arena suites across North America and at select retail locations.