Yachting

THE ICEBREAKER

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This board is part of Radinn’s Explore line, which includes entry-level models for amateurs. The Icebreaker (base price $6,550) has a built-in bumper and is designed primarily for reliabilit­y and durability. more styles. Florida-based YuJet released its first product, the YuJet Surfer, this past summer. Its shape is more readily compared to that of a surfboard and is promoted as being able to rip through waves while helping to keep the rider balanced. ¶ Companies that make electric boards also are now offering all kinds of accessorie­s that yachtsmen can use to tailor the experience, beyond the shape of the board itself. YuJet, for instance, offers a wheel set ($99) that makes it easier to transport the 20-pound carbon board (with its battery removed) down, say, a long dock at the marina or across a beach that leads to an optimal riding zone.

Radinn has standard and speed chargers ($550) that could be ideal for busy charter yachts where recharging the board’s battery needs to happen fast, to keep larger groups of riders happy. And both companies offer replacemen­t batteries that let riders swap out the power pack at a yacht’s swim platform, to spend more time on the water. ¶ Speeds on all of these boards are variable, topping out around 20 to 25 knots. They are thus slower than most personal watercraft, and quieter, with electric power systems. In spots where PWC are banned because of the wakes and noise they produce, these boards offer an increasing­ly customizab­le option.

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