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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

Associate Editor, BoatUS Magazine

A marine surveyor, and holder of RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certification, BoatUS Magazine Associate Editor Mark Corke handles the magazine’s very popular Practical Boater section, keeping it full of easy-to-follow how-to articles. Mark has built five boats himself — power and sail – has been an experienced editor at other top boating magazines, worked for the BBC, has 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.