Kiddie ride comes in a myriad of designs. It can be a Landspeeder, a McLaren P1, a Tesla Model S, or even a non-mobile ride like the Star Trek Enterprise Rocker, but however different they may be, they are ultimately land-based miniature vehicles which, sadly, adults can only ogle at with envy. So, when Denis Jimenez dropped us a hat tip on the JimBoats 6.5, we are absolutely elated. Not only because this ride-on is sea-going, adults can have a go with it too.
Now, those are, to our knowledge, the two firsts in the industry. Dubbed as the first real pocket boat, JimBoats 6.5 is much like full size boats, featuring the same materials, quality and safety criteria found on regular boats. It is powered by a silence 55-lb thrust electric motor, paired to a 12V OPTIMA spill-proof, deep cycle marine battery that affords up to 4 hours of run time, and a transmission that offers 5 forward and one reverse speeds. No performance figures were offered, but by the look at it, it is certainly a leisure craft. If you know what I mean.
JimBoats 6.5 may be tiny, but it is not lacking of features which include an innovative design with natural fiber construction, 4 watertight compartments making it pretty much unsinkable, protected propeller, a marine-grade stereo with USB and AUX inputs, FM/AM radio and 2 x 40 watts speakers, a pair of fishing rod holders (!), 5-LED battery meter, a 50 amp manual reset circuit breaker, a general circuit breaker with removable key, two stainless steel folding cleats, two smartphone and walkie-talkie holders, and finally, non-skid footwells, seat and backrest in non-absorbent foam by Seadek. Also, it has a cupholder. Yup. It has that too…
Now, I don’t profess to be a guru of boats, but those features sure make it sounds like a full-fledged boat, except that it is only much tinier. Speaking of tinier, it measures just 6.5 feet (hence, the name JimBoats 6.5) long and 3.3 feet wide, which means it should be able to slip onto a pickup truck or a van with ease. And at just 165 lbs, it is equally easy to handle when hauling in and out of the water. Man, this tiny sea vessel is absolutely adorable!
However, being this cute, it does come with some limitations. Limitations like a weight capacity of 155 lbs, as well as a rider height of not more than 5’6”. Sadly, I do not qualify, height-wise. JimBoats 6.5 will be available through Indiegogo soon with an yet-to-be disclosed sticker. You can sign up to be notified when the campaign is up so you will be among the first to take advantage of the early bird discounts. Sail past the jump to find it in action.
All images courtesy of JimBoats.
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