Luxury Water Toys
It's a hot summer, and here are some luxury water toys. From personal submarines to water-powered jetpacks here is our round up of best water toys to accompany your yacht, entertain the family or send you on your next adventure.
EGO Semi Submarine
In just a few words the EGO is the ultimate yacht toy. South Korean company Raonhaje created this baby so you can explore the underwater world with very little effort and virtually no training at all. The EGO is semi-submersible, meaning that the bottom portion sits under the surface for an incredible view and the top section floats above for those who prefer to remain in the sun.
No, this is not a one-off project some guy assembled in his garage. The PYTHON Watercar is on the production line and available for those who want to turn heads or just really hate lining up to launch their boat. This hot rod can reach 60mph speeds in the water and does 0-60 in 4.5 seconds on the street. Starting at $200k, these amphibious vehicles are hand built with an engine "based on the famous aluminum LS Corvette power train."
Somewhere between surfing and jet skiing there lives the JetBoard. Ride the waves or glassy water at speeds up to and over 35 miles per hour. This fun toy runs at 55 horsepower with 350 psi of thrust to push riders of up to 350 pounds. Although we doubt you will be hitting the full 35mph if you don't lose a few first. Can't wait to start carving waves? PowerSki plans to offer this bad boy at a $7,995.
Newly launched and delivering summer 2011, the FlyNano can be yours for a little under $40,000. Classified as a microlight aircraft, the winged water toy can actually fly up to a hieght of 1.9 miles...some call it scary, we call them wimps. Flying across the water at 43mph and up in the air at 93mph without a helmet is totally safe. Really. Regardless of any concerns you may have we highly doubt base jumpers, wing suit flyers and that guy flying around in a jet pack will stay away.
So what sets the JetBike apart from a Seadoo or other wave runner? According to their site, " The Jetbike is the only personal watercraft offering a simultaneous front and rear steering mechanism." In fact a driver can actually plunge under the water briefly due the extra power. Wave runner it is not. AquaJet describes this watercraft as being a motorcycle for the water. Does it do wheelies too? Among other motorcycle-esque elements, the JetBike includes a twist-grip motorcycle throttle; speeds can reach and exceed 70mph.
For anyone with a mega yacht the $130k you will need to purchase a JetLev-Flyer is not much more than usual operating costs. However if you aren't quite in that tax bracket, a visit to a resort near you will shortly do the trick. Salt and fresh water friendly, this water-propelled jetpack uses a 250hp engine to shoot flyers up to 33 feet above the water at up to 22 miles per hour. Pick one of these up and after 10 hours of flight time the makers claim you will be doing Donuts, Sea Otters and Leaping takeoffs in no time.
On the surface the of the water the SCUBACRAFT SC6 can propell up to six passenger to 45 knots. But the real reason that you have to have one of these is because underwater exploration at up to 100 feet below the surface is awesome. Underwater the SCUBACRAFT flies through the water at up to 3 knots. Battery operated and silent in the water, taking one of these for a spin will not disturb the fish. The price is available per request, but according to CNN the smaller SC3 goes for about $164,000.
Scuba diving is fine, by why not add a little extra oomph? Seabob has been around for a few years now, but it had to make the list. Particularly the limited edition Cayago Magnum, of which only 100 will be made. What better way to simultaneously explore underwater and feel like you are a Navy Seal? The Magnum boasts 10 gears, 4 hours of operating time, Sonar and 10 horsepower. Pick one up for a little over $100k.
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