Boats

  • ​With the original Onak "origami" canoe, you could cycle to the canal or coastline with a trolley in tow, unpack and assemble at the water's edge and then throw in your gear and paddle away . The updated Onak 2.0 offers much the same experience, but comes with a few welcome improvements.​
  • Sand and water: there's plenty of both at Lake Havasu, Arizona, making it a bit of a mecca for high-octane vehicles built to tear across both the desert and the lake. Here are our photo highlights from the Southwest's biggest motorsports and outdoor recreation expo.
  • After trying and failing last year, Offshore Sensing has now succeeded in sailing an unmanned vessel across the Atlantic. The Sailbuoy Met was deployed from Newfoundland on June 7, 2018 and reached the coast of Ireland on August 26, a distance of 3,000 km.
  • Pedal-powered paddle boat (pedalo) designs tends to swing between cutesy kitsch and blandly pragmatic, which is why Beau Lake's Runabout – a paddle boat that actually looks like a boat – is the most ironically out-there thing to happen to these little leisure craft to date.
  • The RoBoat project is planning to get autonomous boats on the waters to ferry passengers and cargo, join together to form temporary floating structures, and monitor the environment. Now the design has been tweaked to be make them smarter, more agile and easier to manufacture.
  • ​Back in January, Josh Tulberg of Rapid Whale took his short and stout Mini Boat out on the water for the first time. Tulberg has now taken the 6 foot (1.8 m) long electric splosher to Southern California to quietly take on some waves. But it wasn't all plain sailing.​
  • Now that Mercedes-AMG is building its most advanced hypercar ever, the annual Cigarette Racing special edition powerboat is just as cutting edge. With 3,100-hp of Mercury Racing engine might and a carbon and Kevlar-heavy build, the 515 Project One is like an F1 race car for the open seas.
  • ​Bay Area maker Josh Tulberg of Rapid Whale has laser cut and 3D-printed a petite electric single-seater called the Mini Boat and recently motored along in the water for the first time. Now the pint-sized electric boat is being made available as a build-it-yourself kit.​
  • What the heck is Peugeot doing building a sideless, bottomless speedboat/yacht hybrid thing with Benetau? How does that thing even float? Won’t your feet get awfully wet? These are a number of questions that entered my head before I realized the Sea Drive concept isn’t actually a boat at all.
  • The French-designed Tringa boat won't solve every hardship of boat ownership, but it can eliminate the trailering, mooring and winterization headaches from the equation. Store this boat in your driveway and drive it directly down the street and over the beach into the water.
  • ​The America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport, has been contested over a period of 160 years and until recently, was always done so in monohull sailing yachts. Following a flirtation with larger multi-hull yachts over the past seven years, the Cup is now returning to its roots.
  • Yamaha announced today that it will show a multi-rotor YMR-01 drone at tomorrow's Next Generation Agriculture Expo in Tokyo. The YMR-01 is one of many new agricultural drones to be launched at the expo, but it is a landmark in that it is the first multicopter to be shown by Yamaha.​