WATER TOYS SPECIALISTS
Maremoto is an important going concern based in Genoa. The company sells, provides assistance, and rents jet skis, water craft and toys which are forever increasing and more fun. We’ve talked about Maremoto in other occasions; today we’re going to take a detailed look at a new interesting product which is now displayed in their catalogue: we’re talking about Lampuga engine driven boards for which Maremoto is Italy’s exclusive, sole importer and distributor. Sergio and Daniela explain this amazing toy’s characteristics which they hit upon at the Düsseldorf Boat Show. “The new Lampuga surf boards are powered by an engine! In fact they possess a small electric engine capable of delivering 15HP or more for nearly an hour. Obviously the board is noise free and very user friendly. The main difference when compared to pre-existing jet surfs is that Lampugas, being electrically powered don’t pollute, don’t deliver any smell whatsoever are totally noise free, and can access marine parks which have limited entry to fuel powered craft. Furthermore jet-surfs are mechanically speaking more complicated than a plain electric engine. A typical Lampuga sports a watertight compartment which houses a battery, electronic controls and engine with hydro-jet drives. Users must not open the watertight compartment because the sockets used to recharge are installed into the board itself away from one another on both sides of the board so that they can be charged also when in the water tied up alongside the yacht. In fact the battery charger is equipped with long cables for this very purpose. We’ve also mentioned hydro-jet propulsion which means the propeller is inside there’s nothing outside, which translates into added user safety. Imagine jet-surfs with their noisy polluting and sometimes smelly petrol engines zooming around you at maybe three pm when you’re wanting to catch an afternoon cat nap: here’s the solution Lampuga is totally diverse. It can be deployed any time of day even close to mother ship, bothers no one even when some of the guests want to relax. Lampuga is manufactured in Germany no other firm has up until now equalled the quality of the materials used or has come near Lampuga’s performing speeds. Imagine the top of the range, and fastest is the Boost GTR which can propel you at an astonishing 35 knots with a range of 40 minutes, even if not always at top speed, but in my opinion it is really a great achievement. The magic of the performance is induced by the engine’s quality, the type of batteries installed: the latter are in fact produced by Tesla.the German manufacturer’s success and strength is also due to dedicated client care facilities and after sales which are guaranteed by excellent networking assistance distributed in the territory”. Which and how many are the models currently produced? They’re essentially two, with varying colour schemes and sizes.
The Lampuga can be air inflated and goes by the name AIR. This model’s only rigid section is the watertight one the rest is made of a lightweight material that once inflated to required pressure becomes very hard. Obviously this means the board can be transported much more easily than if it weren’t inflatable and therefore better adapts to smaller yachts.the inflatable AIR Lampuga with a 15 HP- 11 KW engine is available in different sizes: the Air S with a 16.5 HP-12 KW engine, the Buddy model which is the smallest measuring only 120 cm, is followed by the Air 200 cm and by the Air Plus which is 2.50 cm long. For the time being we’re going along with the AIR for its optimal size/ weight/ price ratio. Owners of roomier larger yachts and superyachts may wish to choose a fibre glass rigid model called Boost. This version is also available with three different engines: in addition to the Boost with 15 HP-11 KW, there’s the Boost GT with 20 HP-14.9 KW and the Boost GTR with 24.6 HP -18 KW. Those of you opting for pure excellence can go in for the Boost versions built in carbon, which offer reduced weight greater all round performance but higher price”. What’s available to recharge the batteries? “That aspect is taken care of by a 400V charger which implies having an on board generator with an output of 380V which will recharge in about 120 minutes. There’s another version dedicated to the Boost GTR which cuts recharge time down to 80 minutes”. How do you steer them? Are they easy to steer and to transport? “Dead easy, it is normally enough to climb on board and go.