Personal Watercraft For Fun And Rescue Operations (+Video)
Jason Woods is creator of Kymera, a powered body board that can be transported in a car without requiring a trailer and carried under an arm to the water. The design of the personal watercraft, as well as its applications, has been lately refined: it is no more just a fun way to spend time on the water, but a perfect device for water rescue operations, being cheaper and more convenient than the boats and jet skis traditionally used for such purposes. Kymera powered body board boasts a new hourglass shape, the designer has made the switch from gasoline to electric power, and has attracted the interest of search and rescue (SAR) teams.
The current electric motor is powered by a lithium ion battery pack that will provide around an hour of use. Furthermore Woods has also developed a solar charging station for the Kymera, the charging station can fully recharge a Kymera in eight hours and is designed to be kept on the roof of a lifeguard tower to ensure the board is always ready for action. A third “Rescue” model aimed only at SAR users is a modified version of the 6’6” large board and sports a high-end electric drive. Woods supposes Kymera will retail in summer 2013 around US$5,000 for the base consumer model, thought price reduction to $2,000 seems possible, if the sales volume grow.