Tried & Tested: Best Water Toys 2022

Offered By EAMS Yacht Tender Center

With thanks to EAMS Yacht Tender Center and an army of superyacht captains and crew!


Yachting Pages is all about making life on board superyachts easier for captains and crew. Our print and online directories contain tens of thousands of businesses serving the superyacht industry. However, with a saturated market of products and services targeted at superyachts, how can you be sure that the service you choose will offer the seven-star experience promised to owners and guests? That’s where Yachting Pages’ Tried & Tested comes in.

 

 

In our Tried & Tested series we bring together captains, crew and professional personnel to conduct tests on essential superyacht products or services. Water toys are arguably the best part of owning or chartering a superyacht, so it’s vital that decision-makers purchase the right toys to ensure the long-term enjoyment of the owners and/or guests.

With a range of toys on the market, there’s something for everyone – but there can only be one winner.

Yacht toy supplier EAMS Yacht Tender Center once again joined forces with Yachting Pages, along with a group of captains, engineers and senior crew, to pit some of the most popular water toys of 2022 against one another. Each toy has been scored on a range of useful real-world metrics that we have averaged out to crown an overall winner! Along the way we also highlight the top performing toys in each metric.

In alphabetical order, here are the results of this year’s Tried & Tested water toys:

Awake RÄVIK 3 – RRP: c. 12,400€

What is the Awake RÄVIK 3?

The Awake board is an exhilarating electric surfboard for those wanting an adrenaline-inducing on-water experience. The battery-powered board can reach an impressive speed of 50km/h in just four seconds. Available with and without footpads to assist with comfort and balance, the Awake board is suitable for first timers and seasoned professionals looking for an adventure on the water.

Awake RAVIK 3 board

Pros

  • Very good because you can change the mode
    - Eco setting means less power which extends riding time
  • Not much skill required
  • Easy-to-use magnetic strap

Cons

  • Less fun in Eco mode as it's too slow
  • Difficult to stand up at first

Fun factor

 
         

Ease of use

 
         

Fitness level required

 
         

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Risk of injury

 
         

Build quality

 
         

Maintenance freq.

 
         

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How does the Awake RÄVIK 3 rate?

The Awake RÄVIK 3 received mixed reviews from our testers. Some said it was easier to use than the foil boards whereas others found it less stable than the foil boards, and therefore more difficult to stand up. With that in mind, it seems to come down to personal preference, which is a good enough reason to give it a go!

Find on EAMS Yacht Tender Center.

eFoil LIFT3 5'4" Cruiser – RRP: c. 11,305€

What is the eFoil LIFT3 5'4" Cruiser?

The eFoil LIFT3 offers a smooth foiling experience whereby users lift off above the water – it feels like flying! With a range of sizes available in the board, mast and wing, the hydrofoil board is suitable for beginners and pros. The hand-held Bluetooth controller makes it easy to operate, allowing the user to control the speeds effortlessly.

eFoil LIFT3 Cruiser

Pros

  • So much fun!
  • Smooth
  • Clear battery level indicator

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Tricky at first
  • Short battery life

Fun factor

 
         

Ease of use

 
         

Fitness level required

 
         

Run time

 
         

Size/space required

 
         

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Risk of injury

 
         

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How does the eFoil LIFT3 5'4" Cruiser rate?

With many foil boards on the market, eFoil LIFT3 scored highly with our testers in terms of fun factor, setup time and build quality. However, some of our testers didn’t feel that it was very stable and the battery life could be improved. Having said that, they agreed it was great fun once you’re stood up and gliding above the water.

Find on EAMS Yacht Tender Center.

eFoil Fliteboard – RRP: c. 10,600€

What is the eFoil Fliteboard?

Another exhilarating foil board, the eFoil Fliteboard is a versatile water toy suitable for all skill levels and conditions. The board is equipped with a Bluetooth hand-held controller whereby users can accelerate and alter speed by selecting higher and lower gears. The quiet motor is the smallest diameter on the market allowing for greater hydrodynamic efficiency.

eFoil Fliteboard

Pros

  • Readlly good fun!
  • Stable
  • Great battery life
  • Easier than expected

Cons

  • Difficult at first

Fun factor

 
         

Ease of use

 
         

Fitness level required

 
         

Run time

 
         

Size/space required

 
         

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Risk of injury

 
         

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How does the eFoil Fliteboard rate?

Our testers loved the eFoil Fliteboard – so much so it earned the Best Value For Money and Most Fun titles! Although difficult to stand up at first, its stability means its achievable for most fitness levels. The gears allow the user to comfortably control the speed – a useful feature for learners. Most of our testers said it was easier than expected and provided a lot of enjoyment.

Find on EAMS Yacht Tender Center.

Electric JETSURF – RRP: c. 13,490€

What is the Electric JETSURF?

The Electric JETSURF certainly scores highly on fun factor. This high-speed electric surfboard is capable of reaching 55km/h (34.2mph). The foot bindings make the ride even more comfortable and stable, and the hand-held controller allows for easy turning and speed control. The battery-powered board is also perfectly silent and 100% emission free, meaning you can ride wherever you like without harming the environment.

Electric JETSURF

Pros

  • Really fun once you're standing up
  • Super fast

Cons

  • Foot straps are awkward when lying down and kneeling
  • Skill required
  • Short battery life

Fun factor

 
         

Ease of use

 
         

Fitness level required

 
         

Run time

 
         

Size/space required

 
         

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Risk of injury

 
         

Build quality

 
         

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How does the Electric JETSURF rate?

The Electric JETSURF received mixed reviews when tested by captains and crew. While some found the foot bindings useful, others found them inconvenient when lying down and obtrusive when trying to stand up. Despite this, many found the board to be immense fun, but perhaps for those with higher fitness levels.

Find on EAMS Yacht Tender Center.

Sea-Doo FISHPRO TROPHY – RRP: c. 22,759€

What is the Sea-Doo FISHPRO TROPHY?

The Sea-Doo FISHPRO TROHPY is perfect for a day out fishing. The on-board LinQ cooler has an integrated pump that keeps fresh water in the tank, keeping your catch or bait alive all day. The Bluetooth and smartphone app integration provides music, weather, navigation, and more, ensuring a fun, yet practical, day out.

Sea-Doo FISHPRO TROPHY

Pros

  • Very fun
  • Easy to use
  • Versatile
  • Great for solo fishing

Cons

  • Not so fun in comparision to other Jet Skis

Fun factor

 
         

Ease of use

 
         

Fitness level required

 
         

Run time

 
         

Size/space required

 
         

Set-up time

 
         

Risk of injury

 
         

Build quality

 
         

Maintenance freq.

 
         

Cost/value for money

 
         

How does the Sea-Doo FISHPRO TROPHY rate?

Designed for solo fishing, the Sea-Doo FISHPRO TROPHY is extremely versatile. Our testers found it very easy to use – so much so it earned the Easiest To Use crown – and particularly fun when at top speeds. With lots of attachments, this Jet Ski can be used for both relaxing days out or adrenaline-pumping fun.

Find on EAMS Yacht Tender Center.

Sea-Doo RXT 300 – RRP: c. 21,659€

What is the Sea-Doo RXT 300?

If you’re after an adrenaline rush, the Sea-Doo RXT 300 is for you. It’s the most powerful engine on a Sea-Doo personal watercraft with a thrilling 217kW (300hp) and 96km/h (60mph) just a few seconds away. The Sea-Doo RXT 300 also features the industry's first fully integrated waterproof audio system. The Bluetooth connectivity means you can listen to your favourite song whilst cruising on the water.

Sea-Doo RXT 300

Pros

  • So fast and fun!
  • Impressively sturdy
  • Adrenaline pumping
  • Powerful

Cons

  • A little scary!
  • Split screen is unnecessary

Fun factor

 
         

Ease of use

 
         

Fitness level required

 
         

Run time

 
         

Size/space required

 
         

Set-up time

 
         

Risk of injury

 
         

Build quality

 
         

Maintenance freq.

 
         

Cost/value for money

 
         

How does the Sea-Doo RXT 300 rate?

Earning the Most Fun For Kids and Best Build Quality accolades, the Sea-Doo RXT 300 truly wowed our testers. Its extremely powerful acceleration and excellent build quality ensured an exciting, yet safe, Jet Ski experience. While some described it as a little “scary”, its impressive engine is top of the range, proving it’s a Jet Ski suitable for anyone.

Find on EAMS Yacht Tender Center.

U Safe® - RRP: c. 6,650€

What is the U Safe®?

When it comes to rescuing, every second counts. This self-propelled, remotely controllable system is designed to reach someone in distress at sea quickly and efficiently. It’s much faster than a human trying to swim to someone and more accurate than throwing a life buoy. The U Safe® reaches the person in distress, and they can simply hold on to the handles and glide ashore.

U Safe

Pros

  • Easy to use - any crew member could use it
  • Safe toy for young children
    - adult could use the remote control
  • Well suited to large boat operations

Cons

  • Could have extra handles

Fun factor

 
         

Ease of use

 
         

Fitness level required

 
         

Run time

 
         

Size/space required

 
         

Set-up time

 
         

Risk of injury

 
         

Build quality

 
         

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How does the U Safe® rate?

Whilst not conventionally considered a ‘toy’, our testers quickly discovered that the U Safe® could, in fact, be used recreationally. It ticked the boxes in terms of being a helpful life-saving tool, but in experimenting with the remote-control element of it, our testers recognised its potential for use with children. From the comfort of the yacht, adults could whizz their children around, safe in the knowledge that the U Safe® could be used in its primary capacity in case of an emergency – so long as the battery is not drained. It’s worth being mindful of this. Our testers were very impressed by the U Safe®’s safety capabilities and its overall versatility.

Find on EAMS Yacht Tender Center.

Which water toy came out on top?

Best yacht toy overall winner 2022: Sea-Doo RXT-X 300

The captains and crew loved all of our water toy finalists this year, but we are pleased to announce that the winner of the Tried & Tested: Best Water Toys for 2022 is the Sea-Doo RXT 300! This extremely impressive Jet Ski wowed our testers for its fun factor and overall build quality. Even our youngest tester of just twelve years old said this was by far the most fun toy of them all!

Tried and Tested: Best Water Toy winner

Captain and crew comments

“Never been on a Jet Ski so fast!” – Warren, Captain, M/Y Dopamine

“Powerful, fun and multifunctional.” – Brody, Captain, M/Y Lauren V

“Adrenaline rush! I had a great time.” – Zoe, Deckhand, 22m (72ft)

The products featured can be purchased through EAMS Yacht Tender Center.

Who were the testers?


Tester profiles

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