Leave it to France to take an American concept, the jet ski, electrify it, and then double the size, giving us the Neocean Overboat.
The Overboat 150F is actually more hydrofoil than jet ski, though the comparisons are obvious as soon as you put any European person on it. At 12-feet long, it dwarfs the average jet ski by quite a bit, and the dual-hull catamaran style makes it a thicc-boi as well. But as big as it is, the Overboat actually packs some impressive stats – at least as electric watercraft go.
Its 20-knot (23 mph) top speed may only be half that of traditional PWCs, but its plenty of propulsion to lift it out of the water – and does so quietly, with room for two passengers. The low-noise of electric watercraft is a huge advantage, allowing them to travel in areas often restricted to louder vehicles that would disturb natural habitats.
The 10-kWh battery pack is good for up to 2 hours of cruising time and can be fully charged in 1 hour and 45 minutes. So while you won’t be spending a full day out on the water, you’ll have plenty of time to float around enjoying the view from your high-up hydrofoil. Neocean also offers a single-seater model with a 17-knot top speed and a smaller, 5.7 kWh battery pack.
Interestingly enough, the Overboat can also be operated as an unmanned drone – for security perhaps, or just to retrieve the vehicle should you fall off. Neocean even offers a battery-swappable option that could easily double your on-water time, if you don’t mind forking over $34,900 for the two-person model.
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