A Flyboard could add some fun into your time on the water…. Any powerboat has the potential to seem rather dull if you don’t do much with it and the same goes for personal watercraft. It is therefore good to see the emergence of a new bolt-on accessory that is every bit as dramatic as it is affordable.
The Flyboard is basically a clever set of hozes and nozzles that connects to the outlet of a regular PWC. You strap your feet into the wakeboard-style boots and as the man on the ski presses and releases the throttle, you get progressive and controllable propulsion at the hands and the feet in much the same way as the cartoon superhero, Ironman.
How the Flyboard works
While you (as the man on the ‘board’) direct your feet and hand jets in the best way you can to remain airborne at heights of up to 35 feet, the man on the ski continues to operate the throttle and follow on behind as a ‘slave unit’ to you, your jet propelled limbs and your whim. Naturally enough, you need training in order to operate one of these things properly, but having tried it for an hour or so (and spent a great deal of my time face planting with something approaching willful incompetence) I can confirm that it is outrageously good fun.
Certainly, we’ve seen variations on this theme before, not least in the form of the outlandishly expensive Jetlev, which comes complete with its own dedicated intake and engine – but this is certainly the first time I’ve see a unit that can be hooked up to an exiting ski as a compact and accessible aftermarket part.
So just how affordable is it? Well if you already own a PWC (if you don’t then see Ten Top Personal Watercraft (PWCs)), about £4,500 will buy you everything you need to get hooked up and airborne. Despite my personal failings, it doesn’t take too long to learn – and once you master it, you can apparently get involved in a few freestyle manoeuvres like backflips and submarines. In short, if you’re growing a touch uninspired by another A to B cruise on your local waters, the Flyboard might be just the tonic you need…
To watch a video of the Flyboard in action see Flyboard: Fly like Superman, Swim like a Dolphin.