TRENDS

With a re­mov­able hard­top, the Mini Jet Spi­der is the trans­former of yacht ten­ders.

Yachting - - CONTENTS - By Michael Ver­don

The Mini Jet Spi­der is a fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing su­pery­acht ten­der that Hamil­ton wa­ter jets pro­pel to a 45-knot top hop.

Je t c a p s u l e ’ s Mini Jet Spi­der is a pro­to­type from an Ital­ian com­pany that has launched larger mod­els with sim­i­lar hull forms. Shaped like a NASA Apollo rocket cap­sule, the three-per­son Mini Jet Spi­der is the first in the com­pany’s line to have a de­tach­able car­bon-fiber hard­top. ¶ The pur­pose-built pilot seat has a shock-sus­pen­sion sys­tem and body belts; the two rear seats face for­ward, or can fold down or flip back to face the swim plat­form. The for­ward and rear win­dows of the Mini Jet Spi­der’s con­sole can open for fresh air. ¶ Power op­tions in­clude a 315 hp gaso­line power plant, a 260 hp diesel en­gine or a 160 hp elec­tric mo­tor, all mated to Hamil­ton wa­ter jets, with re­spec­tive top speeds of 45, 35 and 25 knots. There is also a hy­brid gas/elec­tric op­tion that con­nects to an 80 hp power unit. ¶ Jet Cap­sule says it will pro­duce the Mini Jet Spi­der af­ter it re­ceives 10 or­ders for the $169,000 craft. And in the mean­time, it’s pro­mot­ing ad­di­tional vari­a­tions in­clud­ing a party cap­sule that users can pilot while rid­ing a Fly­board, and an ar­mored cap­sule with bul­let­proof shields.

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