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Old 11-07-2014, 10:52 AM
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Pretty cool new concept boat that could be a lot of fun, and certainly attract a lot of attention.



There’s an embarrassing gap in your electric commute. You go from your bed to the bathroom on RocketSkates. You ride a Boosted skateboard to your parking garage, where you get in your Tesla for the drive to the ferry terminal. Unless you live in Denmark, that ferry is likely a diesel-powered craft—and you often feel perturbed about that during the electric-unicycle ride from the boat terminal to your office.

But now, you can now go fully electric on your daily travels with the $28,000, Slovenian-made Quadrofoil Q2S Electric Limited Edition. This emissions-free vessel tops out at a speed of around 25mph and gets a range of up to 62 miles per charge of its battery. It’s a seafaring coupe, with two faux-leather seats, steering-wheel-mounted acceleration and brake controls, a touchscreen display on the wheel, and a hollow fiberglass hull that the company claims is “unsinkable.”

As an added benefit, it sort of looks like the aquatic version of the speeder bikes in Return of the Jedi. Once it gets going, its four aluminum hydrofoils create enough lift to raise the 9.8-foot, 220-pound vessel out of the water. If its battery conks out while you’re on the water, rest assured that the Quadrofoil comes with a couple of life jackets, a collapsible paddle, and a safety whistle.

While the Quadrofoil can be used for seafaring journeys, it’s probably not a good idea to take it king crab fishing off the coast of Alaska. It’s designed for use in bodies of water that are at least 3.3 feet deep with maximum wave swells of 1.6 feet, so lakes, ponds, rivers, large swimming pools, and that damn puddle on the corner of 39th and 8th are a better fit.

A limited run of 100 boats is planned to ship in March of next year, but they’re available for preorder now. A step-down model, the Q2A Electric, has a top speed of 18mph and a battery range of 31 miles, and it’s due in mid-2015 for $18,500.

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That'll look great behind the Rav!!
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Looks Tippy!!
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People will buy them.

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I can't for the life of me see how the math works out on that for power/range/speed, unless goofy shaped hydrofoils really are the most efficient way to travel.

If you look at this photo:

http://www.gizmag.com/quadrofoil-hyd...528/pictures#5

It appears to be propelled by an oversize trolling motor - at least that makes sense, if you neglect the "top speed of 25 mph" bit...
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uP To 60 miles
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Is she showing her breasts in this pic??

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Watchout Billy Freeman!!!! (joke)
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Is she showing her breasts in this pic??

Not well enough...
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Thank god it comes with a safety whistle. That'd be a deal killer for me.
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I'm calling BS on the speed and range !!!
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