By Michael van Vliet | July 18, 2014
The TIWAL is an inflatable small-craft sailboat that can be assembled or packed down in under 20 minutes.
The TIWAL features a patented V-shaped underbody to give the boat a rigid structure when fully inflated, while a reinforced aluminum frame allows it to handle strong winds and chop. At 10 feet in length and weighing in at 110 lbs, the boat is small and light enough to be carried by two adults and can be operated by either one or two people. A 5.2 square meter sail comes standard, but those looking for better performance can upgrade to a 7 square meter version.
Of course, the main attraction of the TIWAL is it’s ability to collapse for easy transportation and storage. The entire boat folds up into two bags, both of which can easily fit in the trunk or back seat of a car. Winner of the Best Innovation award at the 2014 Boat of The Year contest by Sailing World, the TIWAL inflatable sailboat is a compact, versatile option for both beginner and expert sailers alike.
For more information TIWAL, check out their website: tiwal.com
By Michael van Vliet | April 30, 2014
A powered catamaran that has inexplicably nothing to do with helicopters, the HeliCat is designed for high speed fun out on the water.
The HeliCat looks like a getaway vehicle straight out of a Bond film (a Roger Moore Bond film to be exact). Originally conceived as the ideal wakeboard tow-vehicle, the Helicat has been designed specifically to perform on rough, choppy waters. Because of its dual hull construction and raised center of gravity, it is able to slice through waves with little effort. Powered by twin 90 hp outboard motors, the HeliCat can cruise along at 30 mph over white caps with out skipping a beat.
The cockpit style cabin makes the boat impossible to swamp, because there is no place for the water to be held. Additionally, its helicopter-inspired tail is an ideal pivot point to attach a tow line.
For more information about the HeliCat, check out their website: helicat.net
By Michael van Vliet | January 10, 2014
Baladeo “It Floats” Knife is a sensible utility blade designed for working on and around the water.
Unlike the ubiquitous marine floaty keychains, the Baladeo Knife actually serves a purpose beyond adding buoyancy to your keys. Inside the hefty cork handle is a stainless steel knife that floats when dropped in water. Rust proof and virtually sink proof, the Baladeo “It Floats” Knife is perfect for boating, fishing, or any other instance where you’d like to keep your keys from disappearing into the bottomless depths.
For more information check out their website: baladeo.com Available for purchase on Backcountry Gear.
By Michael van Vliet | August 16, 2013
Entering the burgeoning folding boat sector, Quick Boat is a collapsable boat that can be fully assembled in under three minutes.
Constructed from a rigid Kevlar composite, the Quick Boat is anything but flimsy and can handle some serious chop out on the water. When disassembled, the boat fits inside two carrying bags that can be transported on a roof rack or inside a spacious SUV. Then, with just a few clicks, it can be fully assembled into a 12-boat that can hold up to four people. While the boat doesn’t include a motor, it has been rated for a 10 horse speed outboard, and of course, all the oar power you can give it.
It was debuted at the Sydney International Boat Show on August 1st, with a price tag of just over $4,000. The company hope to be able to offer them in the US by 2014.
For more information visit Quickboats.com
By Michael van Vliet | August 15, 2013
Rocketing down a river canyon outside of Queenstown, New Zealand, Shotover Jet Boats is quite possibly the world’s most exhilarating river tour ever.
Shotover Jet Boats has been granted exclusive access to a portion of the Shotover River and has been offering adrenaline-fueled tours since the 1970′s. Their specially designed jet boats are equipped with two Buick 3.8 liter V6 supercharged engines that can produce 520 HP with a top speed of 53 mph. These boats are piloted by highly skilled professional drivers, who are capable of drifting the craft within inches of the jagged rocks and flying into full speed, dizzying 360 spins.
To appreciate the speed these boats are moving you’ve got to watch the video below. The mind-blowing maneuvers are almost enough to excuse the aggro-rock music… almost.
Hour long excursions are available for $120 adult / $70 children. Visit Shotoverjet.com for more information.
By Michael van Vliet | August 14, 2013
With its sharp angular lines and matted out military look, the Wally 55 is a power yacht fit for a Bond villain.
Wally Shipyard broke into the yachting world in the mid-90′s by combining top-of-the-line performance with a unique modern aesthetic, and the Wally 55 is no exception.
Built as the ultimate open sport cruiser, the boat has been outfitted with four Volvo IPS600 engines that each produce 435-horsepower and can deliver a top speed of 40 knots. Guests can stretch out on the plentiful seats and daybeds on the expansive wood deck, which is sheltered by the oversized wraparound windscreen, or drop below to the three private cabins to escape the sun. The boat is also equipped with a hydraulic swim ladder, that lets you lounge by the water with just the flip of a switch.
All of this luxury, however, doesn’t come cheap. And with a price range between $2.4 million and $2.7 million, holding the world at ransom might be the only way to raise the necessary funds to get onboard.
For more information about the Wally 55 and Wally Yachts, visit Wally.com
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By Michael van Vliet | August 13, 2013
The Australian-designed Boatpack is an ingenious roof storage container that doubles as a two-person boat.
For some road trips, traveling with a roof box is a necessary evil. So if you’re committed to strapping a giant pod to the top of your car, you might as well get some additional functionality out of it. In addition to offering 650 liters of storage space, the Boatpack can take two people out on the water. As a boat, it weights in under 50 lbs, making it easy to take on and off using the quick release clip system. It includes a wooden seat, folding oars, and row locks.
The Boatpack is priced at $1,600 USD with free global shipping. For more information, visit their website boatpack.com
By Michael van Vliet | June 5, 2013
Docked in the Old Port of Montreal, this converted ferry is now home to Bota Bota, the first-ever floating spa.
The former cargo vessel has been revamped to function as Scandinavian style spa, complete with relaxation rooms, saunas, steam baths and a health-minded restaurant – all with beautiful views of the city’s skyline.
Each treatment starts with an invigorating water circuit that has you alternating between a piping hot steam room and ice cold bath. Once you’ve finished shocking your body from hypothermia and heat stroke, you can “relax” your way into a hammock or jacuzzi. From there, if they haven’t had to call the Canadian mounted EMTs already, guests can move on to their choice of Swedish massage, Cocoa Wave Body Wrap or Bamboo Dewdrop Hydrating Facials. Smoothing treatments that will surely make you glad to be alive.
You can find out more about Bota Bota and their floating oasis by visiting their website at: botabota.ca
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By Michael van Vliet | May 29, 2013
The Adastra is a light-weight super yacht conceived for long range cruising while reducing overall fuel consumption.
This 42.5 meter power trimaran is the second largest of its kind and was designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs. Aerodynamics and hydrodynamics were carefully considered to ensure smooth and fast travel over long distances. Its cutting-edge composite design also helps keep fuel consumption down, needing only 17 liters an hour to maintain 10.5 knots. Capable of holding 30,000 litres of fuel, the Adastra’s range is roughly 10,000 miles.
With fuel costs continuing to rise, new yachts like the Adastra, which focus heavily on energy efficiency, may soon become the norm.
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By Michael van Vliet | May 21, 2013
The Watervilla was designed by Dutch architectural firm +31 Architects and can be found floating in the Amstel river of Amsterdam.
Unlike most floating houses, the Watervilla has a very contemporary design without losing the characteristic appearance of the typical houseboat. Due to property restrictions on newly purchased land, living on the water has grown more and more popular in Holland. However, many individuals are put off by the typical “gypsy caravan” appearance of the existing houseboats, so they have started reaching out to designers to build a boat for their specific needs.
The Watevilla was designed with an open floor plan to maximize usable space. The living area and open kitchen are located on the waterfront, which offers a spectacular panorama of the Amstel river. Sleeping quarters are located below on a split level.
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