Do you have a bad boat driver? You know who I'm talking about -- that driver who can't seem to figure out how to make the boat go one consistent speed, let alone drive in a straight line. And what about those unbearable sessions where every time you cut into the wake, they inadvertently decide it's time to make a sharp turn. It's enough to make you wish you could drive the boat and ride behind it at the same time.
Well, that's not just a fantasy anymore. The folks over at Hammacher Schlemmer are now the purveyors of a radio controlled watersports boat. Yes, you read it right, a boat that you drive while riding behind it.
At first glance this unmanned tow boat appears to be a jet ski with no saddle. It measures nearly eight feet long, touts a 3 cylinder 70 horsepower engine, and boasts a top speed of 40 mph.
While I haven't been able to personally test one, handling the boat seems pretty straight forward. The rider has a simple remote built into the rope handle allowing for easy acceleration and turning. An emergency quick release also cuts the engine if the rider falls.
Even though I can't say for certain, I feel pretty confident that this boat probably doesn't throw out a huge wake. So if you are looking to get airborne, this probably isn't what you're looking for. Nonetheless, this is an incredibly creative product and opens plenty of new possibilities for watersports.
But don't fire your boat driver just yet. With a price tag of $17,000 -- it may be cheaper to send them to boating school for a week.
If you have tried one of these out, let us know how it works in the comments.
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