Stylish Executive Water Toys To Make A Splash At Sea
Sure, a super yacht is an impressively tumescent way to show off when you’re out on the water, but in Sydney Harbour, where people often park equally thrusting boats right next to yours, you’ve really got to be able to take your wallet-flexing to the next level. We’re talking about the best electric water toys.
And that means having the very best to push off your boat’s rear deck and have fun on. Because let’s face it, just sitting on a spectacular boat enjoying the views and soaking up the sunshine, and the admiration of strangers, can get a bit boring after a while.
So, what you really need are some of these – the best high-rolling-seas electric water toys money can buy.
Short of a sea-going Aston Martin, it’s hard to think of anything more James Bond-like than a Seabob – a highly sexy water scooter that can both pull you along the surface of the water, where everyone can see how super-spy you are, or, better yet, can drag you through the depths, looking for hidden villain’s lairs.
No, seriously, this is for real, and you really can have a Seabob, which is so portable it will fit in the boot of your car if you’ve run out of room on your yacht. The only problem is that they cost $24,949. Each. And yet the kind of people who park their super yachts somewhere in Nice will often have four, or more, of them.
Indeed, we recently saw three of them doing circles around a particularly attractive boat in Sydney Harbour. That’s almost $75,000 worth of fun and games.
Take one for a test swim, however, and you’ll see why you’d spend the money. The Seabob is all-electric, so it’s neither noisy nor stinky, and it has a seriously powerful and torquey little electric motor. You hold on with both hands, choose one of six gears and then just grab the hand throttle and go.
Skimming along the water like a flying fish, at up to 20km/h, is great fun, but it’s when you dip your wrists and point it into the deep blue that the Seabob really blows your mind. You need goggles for this trick, obviously, but flying through the water like a dolphin, or James Bond, really is an out-of-this-world experience.
You can purchase yours from the Australian distributor Marine Lifestyles.
Riding an exercise bike is slightly better than going for a ride on a real bicycle, because there’s no need for lycra, silly helmets or copping road-rage abuse, but it can be painfully boring.
Imagine, then, an exercise bike that actually takes you places, like the middle of Sydney Harbour. An exercise bike that floats, so you can pull up after your workout, drop anchor and get a tan on the little attached platform.
Or you could just drop a couple of Schiller Bikes off the back of your yacht and race laps around it.
This, truly, is going to become the exercise machine of choice for anyone with a Harbour-front mansion. Or those who’d like to commute by water without an Opal card. Best of all, you could actually ride one to work in your suit, because you don’t get wet at all.
While it does feel slightly like exercise, riding one of these bikes is so much fun, and being on the water is so invigorating, that you barely notice you’re doing it.
Yes, at first glance, a Schiller Bike does look a bit big to park on your boat, but it actually comes apart and breaks down into what it basically is – an exercise bike attached to two inflatable pontoons. And suddenly it’s small enough to throw in the back of an SUV.
As you would expect of an executive water toy like this, of course, the Schiller Bike is reassuringly expensive, at $9990, but one Sydney company, Water Sports Central, is setting up a business that will allow you to rent one instead.
As fantastic as surfing is, it does have a couple of major drawbacks. The first one is that it’s very difficult, and the second one, which strikes even people who are good at it, is that the amount of fun you can have is entirely dependent on the quality of the waves on any given day.
The Fliteboard – designed and built in Australia – solves both problems at a stroke, because it is a powered hydrofoil, which means you can ride it anywhere, even on a lake, and it’s far easier than catching waves.
The Fliteboard makes you look like you are surfing a foot above the actual water, which you are, as you’re raised up on the foil. In your hand you have a remote control, which operates the brushless motor that provides the power for its eFoil propulsion system.
With a flick of your thumb, you can be doing 40km/h over the water, while making giant carving turns that make you look like agenius. Or an actual surfer. And you can go for up to 25km before your batteries go flat, which is a solid day out.
A Fliteboard is, of course, slightly more expensive than a surf board, at $15,950.
Aqua Lily Pad
There are some toys, like the Seabob, that are nice-to-haves, but the Aqua Lily Pad is one of those things you simply must have, if you own a boat, and if you go out on Sydney Harbour it seems like most people already have one.
Basically a giant floating foam platform that you can roll up and tuck away when you’re done with it, the Lily Pad can support up to 750kg of bouncing, shouting, children, who can run along it and look like they’re walking on water.
Or, more pleasantly, it can support several adults on deck chairs who want to feel like they’re actually sitting in, rather than just on, the water.
In short, they are very simple and hugely enjoyable. Of course, because they are in some way associated with boats, they are quite expensive, considering the product is simply a large piece of particularly buoyant foam. The ‘Bullfrog’, which is the one you want, measures 6m by 1.8m, and costs $1250.
(Lead image: The Fliteboard / image: supplied)
Published 14 March, 2019