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Fliteboard: No Wave Required

This new electric foiling water vehicle takes watersports to a whole new level — literally!

Fliteboard in use

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:

Fliteboard eFoil

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.

Fliteboard rendering

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


Mark Corke

Contributing Editor, BoatUS Magazine

A marine surveyor and holder of RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certification, BoatUS Magazine contributing editor Mark Corke is one of our DIY gurus, creating easy-to-follow how-to articles and videos. Mark has built five boats himself (both power and sail), has been an experienced editor at several top boating magazines (including former associate editor of BoatUS Magazine), worked for the BBC, written four DIY books, skippered two round-the-world yachts, and holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest there-and-back crossing of the English Channel — in a kayak! He and his wife have a Grand Banks 32.