Timothy Neill
They had something like this at the hotel I stayed at on Waikiki beach back in 1976. It was battery powered with a caged, ducted propeller underneath far enough out of the way to prevent one from having any accidents. There was a single handle to hang on to at the front of the board, and a rubber tube on one side that acted as an on/off switch to control the motor. Being nine at the time, I rented one on my family\'s room tab for several hours, and then went swimming in the hotel pool for a few hours more. By the time I was done that day, I had a sunburn so bad it turned into a gigantic blister across my back and shoulders, which later burst and turned into a scab that was peeling off in pieces for several weeks afterwords. Good times.
Nicolas Wan Chai
Cool product, I wish him lots of success. Perhaps the military would be interested? I hope he used a 4-stroke motor, since air quality laws prohibit use of high pollution 2-stroke motors in several states. Electric power might be an option..
6 hp micro jetpump? What kind of engine is a micro jetpump? This sounds like a promising toy, but I think 15mph might be too slow to get people excited. Personally, I\'d be willing to pay a lot more for one that\'ll do 25mph, at which point i can start injuring myself. Will this thing be salt-water compatible? If so it could be uber fun at my local breaks in california, launching off waves and really pissing off the local surfers. 10lbs total weight is pretty amazing... i would really like to learn more about this 6hp engine he is using... and lets see what it would take to bump it up to 20hp.
Kiyoshi McComb
Sounds like a good project for kickstarter
Atley Joseph
@Kihoshi I was just about to say the same thing!
Jason Woods
Thank you very much everyone for your emails and comments! Its really been overwhelming the response but I will get back to everyone of you! Ill Try to answer a few of the Major questions that Ive had. First off a correction to the above is that the entire jetboard actually weighs about 28lbs the power plant (Engine, starter, jetpump etc) weighs less than 10lbs around (7.5lbs to be exact). And currently tops out at 15mph or so, however this is not because of a lack of power but rather a lack of capitol to design my own Jetpump from scratch to best use the power. With the right pump I would expect 20 ~ 25mph with no other modifications. But let me tell you 15 feels a whole lot faster when your face is 6in off the water. There are also lots of other uses for my invention beyond recreation. Ive actually already designed and built a version for life guards that can be operated from the tower giving much needed visibility and speed. I also designed a radio fence option that would allow the throttle to cut back to 20% automatically if a child rider venture to far away from their supervisor. Keep the questions coming! Ill also be responding to comments here on Gizmag, and again thank you all so much for all the support!!! Jason Woods
Jason Woods
Almost for got the biggest question!? As far as pricing, it will be the best part of all! Based on all the information so far this should retail at a price comparable to a high end gas powered scooter. The production models would also have rotomolded hulls, like that of a whitewater kayak. Making them far more durable and nearly the same weight.
What kind of timeframe do you expect before you are production ready? How many orders do you need before you\'d be comfortable making the leap? This item is definitely worthy of a pre-order capable website.
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very nice, would there be a possible electric model possible ? Is this a 4 stroke or 2 stroke ? What is the noise level of the engine ? Dave Morton
Hi, Love the creativity. Always wanted a portable jetski since I can\'t pack my SeaDoo in my luggage. Curious about the expected range at max power/speed. If you need help testing in South Florida, let us know! Elliot