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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By Michael van Vliet | May 10, 2013
The Frauscher Boats 717 GT combines the luxury of a wooden lake boat with the performance and handling of a cigarette speedster.
Situated along the shore of Lake Traunsee in Austria, Frauscher Boats have been building high-end luxury runabouts since 1927. The 717 GT is one of their premiere models and was named for its length (717cm or 23.5 feet). This refined looking gentleman’s racer is powered by a 420hp V8 gasoline engine, while its classic shaft propulsion system and exceptional hull design allows for perfect maneuverability.
To see more of Frauscher Boats beautifully crafted runabouts check out their website frauscherboats.com
By Michael van Vliet | May 2, 2013
The Hydroptere, the world’s fastest sailboat, will attempt to achieve one of the greatest feats in the sailing world by breaking the Transpacific speed record this June.
The state-of-the-art vessel has been dubbed ‘the flying boat’ as it combines technology from both the aeronautic and hydrodynamic schools of design. French yachtsman and lead designer Alain Thébault will helm the craft on its the record-breaking attempt from Los Angeles to Honolulu. The record is currently held by another French team who completed the 2,215-mile journey in five days and nine hours in July 1997.
The Hydroptere is able to achieve phenomenal speeds by rising above the water using its ‘marine wings’, which are under each of the floats of the trimaran. Once the boat reaches ten knots, the underwater wings, generate an upward thrust to raise the boat like the wing of a plane. This reduces resistant considerable and allows for high-speed travel over a long distance. The name Hydroptere is actually Greek for water and wing.
To find out more about the Hydroptere visit its website at hydroptere.com
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