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The 10 Coolest Recreational Boats & Personal Watercraft

Posted December 4th, 2009
by BoatInsurance.org Staff (6 comments)

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The Innespace Dolphin

This “boat” is probably the coolest design of the list.  It is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.  With a literal cockpit, this thing can dive underwater, breach, and even do barrel rolls with you inside.  It’s not good for much else, but what else could you need, really?  Just watch the video if you haven’t already seen this thing:

The Personal Hydrofoil

Pretty much the exact opposite of the Dolphin, this personal watercraft gives you the feeling of flight as it raises you up out of the water.  The long shaft puts the propeller and fins deep in the water and as the boat gains momentum it “floats” in the air.  Another one-dimensional boat that looks like insane fun for anyone.  Just wear a helmet.

Worlds fastest Amphibious Car

We could have filled this list with a number of amphibious cars, but most of them are decent cars that make terrible boats…kinda like that futon you had in college.  This car, however, turns into a boat you can race around the lake with pride.  Can you say: chick magnet?  James Bond: eat your heart out.

Water Bird – A (WTF) waterbike…

This is the strangest watercraft on the list by far.  The design is minimal and the motion… awkward.  Definitely a different twist on the human propelled watercraft, my only question is:  What happens when you stop in the middle of the lake?  A li’l help?

Porta-Boat

Who doesn’t want a fold-able boat?  OK, I probably wouldn’t carry anything valuable in this thing, but the versatility of a boat that folds to 4″ is something anyone who doesn’t own a hitch & trailer could use.  Also, this thing looks pretty indestructible… I bet none of the others can float while full of water.

Dippies – Disappearing Propeller Boats

Ok, I know what your thinking: these are pretty much only cool to your grandparents.  They stopped making them in the 50′s for crying out loud!!  But for totally different reasons than the Dolphin, these boats are awesome.  They have a nostalgic-practical-romantic feeling that makes them a classic.  They certainly don’t make them like this anymore, and IMHO, that’s something that should change.

Worlds Largest Pedal Boat

This boat is an instant head turner.  The over-sized wheels make the pedal boat look more like personal paddle-wheeler.  A bit less than practical, this thing looks like it’s more fun than it probably is.  Still, if you saw it pedaling down the lake, your reaction would be to  say one thing: COOL!

Nauticraft Pedal Boats

Pedal boats are a dime a dozen.  There’s a number of unique designs, but none so sleek and sexy as this one from Nauticraft.  Watching the video, too, it looks as though the design is a huge advantage for speed and efficiency for these things.  Especially considering .000001 knots is about as fast as most pedal boats go.

The Craig Cat

I want one.  Plain and simple.  There’s nothing really remarkable about the design that hasn’t been done before, but then again, there’s nothing quite like them.  They look like a lot of fun, truly versatile, and just: COOL.  This could be my next boat purchase…

The Hyde Drift Boat

Drift boats are pretty lame…unless you enjoy river fishing. (I do, but that’s not why this made the list)  Watch the video below to find what looks like the most versatile boat design ever.  Every boat manufacturer should take a hint here.  Movable seats, compartments, shelfs, fishing chairs, and a number of other customizable amenities give this boat almost unlimited layout possibilities.  If only it were more than just a drift boat…

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  • Posted June 15th, 2010 by Justin at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Why are amphibious cars so cool? The dolphin boat was pretty awesome too, but I think it would be a lot better if it acted more like a personal submarine and you could dive with it.


  • Posted June 15th, 2010 by Calvin Obst at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I am partial to the Porta-Boat myself. Maybe its just because I know I won’t ever be able to afford the red convertible carboat.


  • Posted June 16th, 2010 by Brian Long at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Ha. these are some really neat boats. Last year at the state fair I tried out a giant sphere that looked like a hamster ball. It was a little hard to maneuver, but it was definitely fun!


  • Posted June 16th, 2010 by tom at 6:03 pm - Reply

    If I were going to spend a lot of money on a boat I don’t think it would be a pedal boat – At least get something with a motor!


  • Posted August 13th, 2010 by M. Sullivan at 12:49 am - Reply

    I’ll admit, none of these are really anything I would like to invest in. I would love to try them, just for the pure fun of it, but they are all really only have one use.


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