As the approach of winter leaves you adrift in windswept limbo between the welcome diversions of the two national boat shows, it’s always good to know that someone somewhere is building a luxury boating gadget you don’t really need. The latest delicious example of that is the M1 Personal Transporter…

M1 Personal Transporter

The M1 is a waterproof, electric-powered personal mobility vehicle, designed to be easy and fun to use

Distributed by Spymaster (a leading UK supplier of surveillance, counter-surveillance and personal protection equipment) the M1 is a waterproof, electric-powered personal mobility vehicle. Designed to be easy and fun to use, these super-quiet, emission-free gadgets come with 1300-Watt motors, enabling speeds of up to eight knots and a range of over ten nautical miles on a full charge. Its lithium-ion batteries can be topped up in two to four hours from a standard electrical socket and the removable handle and all-in weight of 18.5kg means they are easy to lift and store. In fact, if you feel so inclined, the tender garage of a decent motoryacht could easily swallow nine or ten of these things, enabling you and your family to parade conspicuously around the local marina, using your legs solely as decoration.

To operate the M1, you simply ease your body in the direction you want to go and the gyroscopic computer keeps the machine upright and follows your lead. In addition to a load-carrying capacity of up to 100kg and a telescopic handle for height adjustment, a remote key fob enables you to turn the unit on and off or to set speed restrictions, keeping things safe and sedate while you and your kids get to grips with it.

As I say, it’s completely unnecessary but when you really think about it, the same could probably be said of recreational powerboating. So if the end of the season has left you sitting alone in your living room with nothing but 3,300 unwanted pound notes for company, this could be just the thing to pull you out of your winter malaise.

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Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.