How many ways can you have fun on the water? There are oodles of water-based toys on the market, here are just a few that caught our eye...
Take a surfboard, add a jet and you get a jetsurfer! A high-tech carbon board, which weighs only 15kg and delivers a top speed of 55kph. With its small size and board shape it’s easy to store and provides a thrilling ride… and of course carbon is always sexy! A bit like an on-the-water answer to the skateboard, it's ideal for jumps and tricks, without the need of big waves. You can even enter Jetsurf championships... check out the video!
There are a range of models available, the Jetsurf Sport, for example, is made of carbon-fibre and powered by a two-stroke engine, which has been specially developed for JetSurf. Its displacement is 0.86sq m, and it had a maximum speed of 53km. The JetSurf is equipped with automatic electronic control unit with auto start function and system for continuousness working of the engine. This uses a Li-FePO4 battery, giving four hours of driving time between re-charging.
Lacking a swimming pool on your superyacht? Or think your current pool is a bit small? Why not take one with you? This safe and enclosed swimming pool is designed for swimming in the sea. It has a handy jellyfish net to keep out unwelcome visitors and you can even opt for sunbathing areas and steps. The pools also have their own anchor so they can be set up away from your yacht. They are available in a range of sizes, from 4x3m to 20x5m. In a similar vein, you can also get inflatable docks for your jetskis or submarines! See Superyachts Inflatables for more details.
Inflatable toys and slides
Banana boats or towable islands are an easy way to provide fun for any age. A huge range of sizes and designs are available, including this island designed to tow up to six people. It has an easy boarding platform, and made of heavy duty PVC has comfortable neoprene backrests for the riders. See Jobe Sports for details.
Another option for the young at heart is a waterslide. Offering a 45 degree inflatable slide and individually built to each yacht these are the ideal accessory when at anchor. Aquaglide is a premium quality yacht slide - it's got fun written all over it!
The Jetlev flyer was catching people’s eyes at the recent Monaco Yacht Show (see Eye Candy From the Monaco Yacht Show) and has to be one of the ultimate superyacht toys. A high-profile water toy which offers a unique flying experience, the Jetlev is powered by 220-250hp engines which can give flying times of up to three hours. With top speeds of 47kph at up to 10m in height, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Retailing the top of the range model at €99,500 these incredible machines are also available to rent worldwide!
On a similar theme to the Hovpod... think jetski with a jet flying attachment that allows you to not only zoom up into the air, but also dive into the water! There’s an amazing video too that looks unreal! See Flyboard: Fly like Superman, Swim like a Dolphin. The Flyboard is available in one-person or two-person models.
Custom-built to order, these shark, killer whale or dolphin-inspired engine-driven diving machines deliver speeds of up to 50mph on the surface and 25mph underwater. Each model is available with a number of features such as snorkel-mounted video cameras, stereos and different paint jobs. The Seabreacher also made our Top 10 Coolest Looking Boats Ever.
Fun on the surface or underwater, this compact diving toy is able to dive up to 40m and is available in a number of options. The range starts at a very affordable £299.99. At the top of the range, the new powerful turbo Bladefish has four speeds, and reaches a top speed of 6.5 km/h. It also features fast charging, up to 120 mins runtime and carries a pricetag of £749.99.
Easy and fun to drive, these amphibious vehicles allow you to hover over any flat surface at speeds of up to 45mph. The SPX is the latest luxury model offered available for purchase. Available as a 4-stroke 120HP or 2-stroke 65HP variant it can take up to four adults with speeds up to 40mph.
It can operate over mud, riverbeds, tidal regions, rapids, shingle beaches, open water, grass, sand, swamps, marshland, weeds, submerged plants, snow, desert, ice, roads, shallow lakes & dried up salt marshes. See Hovercraft-Hovercraft for details.
Able to carry up to three people these high speed craft are to dive under water, making diving more accessible than ever. Featuring an advanced "tunnel hull" and powered by DOHC fuel-injected engines, jet drive with high capacity pump and an integrated dive computer, the SC3 hits speeds of 43 knots on the surface and three knots below the surface. See Scubacraft.
Yes you can even have your own yellow one if your pockets allow! Beat that as a superyacht toy! California-based SEAmagine specialises in small 2-3 person submersibles for the yacht industry. The company just delivered two of its latest two-person Ocean Pearl submersible models depth rated to 380m on an 85m motor yacht and a 25m catamaran. These latest models have robotic arms, HD camera systems, and even a “Fly-Out ROV” which is a small mini robot submarine that can be deployed from the Ocean Pearl and fully controlled by the people in the cockpit. The company has shallow depth rated models as well as very deep rated models that can go up to 1000 metres deep
So many toys...
So that's it... 10 toys for your Superyacht... or even your garage! And we haven’t even touched on sailing toys, wakeboards, windsurfers, kitesurfers, surfboards, stand up paddleboards (see Stand Up and Paddle: 10 Tips for Fun and Fitness) or on superyacht tenders (see Megayacht Tenders Let the Fun Begin).