Nikola Motors has been making waves in the electric motor world, and now they’re taking those waves to the water. You wouldn’t think that an electric motor and water would mix, but Nikola is proving that to not be the case. The Nikola WAV Electric PWC (personal watercraft) uses Nikola’s electric platform to have you creating wakes in the lake. The craft is completely waterproof, earning an IP68 waterproof rating.
Built with a sleek, angular look, the WAV has a futuristic aesthetic to it, and takes its design notes from modern race bikes. Though it maintains the same basic shape as other personal watercraft, the WAV has straighter lines and crisper corners. Under the hood, the WAV uses Nikola’s new adaptable battery architecture, which Nikola put together from scratch for this project.
The WAV comes with some pretty innovative bells and whistles, such as LED lights in the front and back and cruise control. It also features a 12-inch waterproof 4K touchscreen in the dash for you to monitor performance. You also get a huge storage area that stretches the length of the craft. Jordan Darling, Vice President of Nikola’s Powersports Division, had this to say about the WAV: “This watercraft defies the norm and creates a new standard.”
Nikola hasn’t released much else in terms of stats, but preorders are being accepted and the WAV will be released in the early 2020s.
MM725 Sailing Yacht by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design is Advanced and Old School at Once
Thirty years of experience went into creating the MM725 sailing yacht by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design. The 72.5-meter luxury yacht has a modern design that relies on the oldest source of locomotion—the wind.
The yacht features several fold-down balconies on either side of the cockpit as well as large glass panels, which combine for a sense of increased space and more natural light. The foredeck becomes a pool area at night, with illumination as well as a sunken lounge. Inside, the dining and lounge areas offer plenty of seating on white leather couches, all centred around the black oval table.
Following the idea of openness, the main cabin is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows so that occupants can take in the whole panoramic view of the expansive ocean. From this cabin you can access the beach club, which also features fold-down platforms.
Usually, megayachts are powered, but McKeon opted for sails for the MM725. The downwind sails stow away under the deck on a reel. The MM725 also has a lifting keel and squaretop mainsail. While natural light is a focus for the yacht, there is also a bimini, or as McKeon calls it a “Bedouin canopy,” for shade.
To get the full effect of the MM725, you can fork over the millions that this yacht will no doubt fetch, or take a virtual tour offered by AltSpace Studio.
Sea-Doo Spark Trixx is an Investment in Summer
The new Sea-Doo Spark Trixx delivers new ways for you to play on the water. Trixx is one of the most compact and nimble watercraft on the market, making it easy to pull off tricks amidst the swell.
We’re talking tail stands, power slides, 180-degree hops and potentially new moves yet to be named. With the base model priced from $7499 USD, Sea-Doo hopes to entice millennials and make them look at boating with eyes wide-open.
Weighing just 191kg, Sea-Doo Spark Trixx is ultra-lightweight – so easier to launch, load and tow. The Intelligent Brake and Reverse system offers more control and maneuverability, and this machine is more reliable than previous models thanks to the fuel-efficient engine with closed-loop cooling.
Spark Trixx is protected by a moulded Polytec material for durable scratch resistance, which also contributes to its one-of-a-kind styling. Those who plan on taking their families riding can opt for the larger and consequently more expensive 3up model. It features added stability, a longer seat and the ability to tow boards and floats.
Under the hood, Spark Trixx is powered by a Rotax 900 HO ACE engine. This new model also benefits from an adjustable performance handlebar and 60-degree step wedges. The variable Trim system makes it easy for riders to bury the nose or pop the bow into a water wheelie with the tap of the throttle.
Above all else, Sea-Doo is looking to reinvent what a watercraft can physically do to deliver unmatched playfulness for water enthusiasts.
Osseo 72M Sailing Yacht Concept Departs for Inspiration
It does industries good to take a fresh, new look at how things are always done. Igor Jankovic does just that for the yachting world with his Osseo 72M Sailing Yacht Concept. Designed with a carbon fibre and graphene hull, the yacht can be powered by both diesel and electric motors that supplement the main form of locomotion—the DynaRig sails.
There’s room for up to twelve guests aboard the yacht, as well as a plethora of activities, including an in-deck hot tub at the stern of the craft. The semi-transparent roof made of tinted glass gives an open and expansive feel to the luxurious interior.
On the exterior, the yacht is coloured with a combination of black and chameleon blue-purple colours, which complements the glass while also contrasting with the warm tones of the deck. The main saloon is left open to allow for gathering and socialising. The master suite, in the stern of the boat, offers comfort while continuing the theme of minimalism.
The design of the Osseo 72M Sailing Yacht Concept displays a unique and inspiring approach to yacht building, one that will influence future generations of shipwrights.
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