This new electric foiling water vehicle takes watersports to a whole new level — literally!
It didn't take long for the wonders of foiling technology to filter down from multimillion-dollar America's Cup racing vessels to "boat toys." The latest example is Fliteboard, an Australian-built electric foiling water vehicle with a powerful electric motor that raises the board more than a foot above the water. Its remarkably simple design is incredibly cool — and loads of fun! Take a look:
The manufacturer, Flite, claims the board has a top speed of 28 mph and a range of 18 miles, helped, no doubt, by the lack of wetted surface. It is easy to transport and set up, and requires only 3 feet of water to use. The battery is contained within the board and can be removed for charging, a task that takes two hours when connected to the optional premium charger.
Steering the Fliteboard is accomplished by transferring your weight from side to side, similar to a surfboard or snowboard. A handheld, waterproof, wireless remote controls the speed. A configuration tool on the website allows for customization of your board, the manufacturer claims more than 50 combinations of board are possible, so you can have a style all your own as you skim across the bay above the surface of the water, noise-free, emission-free, and wake-free. All this technology comes at a cost — boards start at $12,765. Flite is currently taking pre-orders. Check individual state and local laws for registration requirements.
Further details and a cool video of the board in action are available on the website us.fliteboard.com