I fully admit to limited knowledge of the Personal Watercraft arena, outside a deep desire to try one and perhaps one day own a couple. The Personal Watercraft are those playful, zippy single or double rider water skis that go by the name WaveRunner and JetSki. You’ve seen ‘em, you may have even ridden them, owning your own or renting on your vacation. Whatever your experience I have yet to me someone who hasn’t wanted to try, didn’t love them when they did and didn’t think of having one of their own.
The Personal Watercraft industry has let folks who love the water enjoy it even more. Along with boats, their more expensive to buy and own cousins, the Personal Watercraft have made getting wet and having fun more accessible to all.
But they do have a limitation: their “personal” meaning that you can only get one or two people on board. For some more bucks I understand there are 3-person versions, but still, the idea is “personal.” Small.
So what happens when the family all want to play? Or what happens when guests stop by and people are left standing on the pier while you’re out there having a blast?
The other day I was searching Facebook and came across an ad for Global Craft. These ingenious folks have come up with an add-on for the Personal Watercraft that lets you easily (at least it looks easy in the video) turn your Personal fun into fun for a larger group.
Without pricing on the site and with an international distribution system that has them working to keep costs down on this European import, I can’t tell you what this toy-extender is going to run you. I have read and seen another “similar” system, but frankly it doesn’t look all that similar and seems like an older, larger, less cool and streamlined looking contraption I’m not 100% sure is still even on the market.
Leaving Global Craft to offer up this cool and fun looking Personal Watercraft extension system.
Global Craft is based in Seattle so if your on the West coast shipping should be on the lower end of the scale. Not yet in shops nationwide, their cost-reducing system is supposed to give you the peace-of-mind that you’re working with a single person from start to finish on your purchase.
The idea here is that you’ve got your Personal Watercraft – they say that most styles and manufacturers are compatible, but call for details – then buy your Waveboat. The Waveboat looks like a boat shell, U-shaped to fit around the front of your PWC. You’ll slowly move your PWC into the U-Shape of the Waveboat, attach a couple of straps and off you go. Now, rather than the one or two people on the PWC, you can have the whole family in the Waveboat as one person pilots the whole boat system.
Based on information on their site and the videos, no power or punch to your PWC is lost with the addition of the Waveboat and more passengers. And if the video and photos are to be believed, everyone on board is having a ball!
We’ve not yet won the lottery nor entered the personal boating venue, but when we do, I’m pretty sure one of the first things we’ll look at is the addition of a Waveboat from Global Craft.
In the meantime, don’t be surprised if you start seeing these cool looking adventurer toys popping up on lakes and the Gulf near you.
And don’t be surprised if your visit to some water-resort in the near future isn’t offering this great way to take time on the water for one or two and turn it into fun for the whole family.
For more, visit the Global Craft website and if you own or get a Waveboat from Global Craft, let us know and share your thoughts & photos!