Tried & Tested: Best Water Toys

Offered By EAMS Yacht Tender Center

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

Yacht captains and senior crew are busy people, particularly when the owner is on board or a charter is underway. Downtime is at a premium and they are completely at the service of all those on board. If the owner or charter party make a request then the expectation is that it will be delivered – and quick.

This pressure dictates that captains and stews require lightning quick reactions to ensure they can handle everything that’s thrown at them (and it’s safe to say they have to deal with some pretty bizarre requests). That’s where Yachting Pages – the captain’s bible – comes in.

Our industry-leading search engine has been by the side of captains and crew for more than 15 years, helping them to source the products or services they need. But sometimes what they’re looking for is knowledge, which is where our library of insightful content comes to the rescue.

 

 

In our Tried & Tested feature we task industry experts to conduct real-world tests on essential crew products and services, before providing a comprehensive breakdown of their findings.

Water toys are one of those essential products. Popular for the excitement and fun they create, toys are a staple part of life on board – so it’s important for captains to have a flawless knowledge of the best new products on the market.

Yacht toy specialist EAMS Yacht Tender Center joined forces with Yachting Pages and an army of experienced crew in the south of France to review the products that will be trending in 2021. The crew, consisting of captains, officers, instructors and engineers, each provided scores across a range of helpful metrics that we’ve averaged out to provide an overall result.

In alphabetical order, these are the water toys that have been put to the test:

airBEACH inflatable platform - (4m x 2m x 0.2m) - RRP: c. 3,050€

What is the airBEACH inflatable platform?

The airBEACH inflatable platform is among the leading products of its style. Offered by Hovercraft, the platform is versatile, particularly easy to use and a great extension of the dive platform for smaller boats. Personalisation is available from the manufacturer too.

airBEACH inflatable platform

Pros

  • Good addition to dive platform
  • Easier to launch toys as it sits low on the water
  • Tenders and toys don’t get too close to hull or structure of yacht
  • Nicely finished with good accessibility of attach points

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Requires a certain level of strength to handle when folded

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How does the airBEACH inflatable platform rate?

There’s no doubting that the airBEACH is well-built and purposeful product. It leads many of its competitors in terms of build quality and finish and is exceptionally easy to use. However, it is heavy and fairly difficult to handle when deflated - which isn't dissimilar to a lof of its competitors. It also lacks a fun factor – granted it’s not the platform’s primary objective and it is cheaper than its competitors, but this probably greatly reduces its desirability.

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Awake RÄVIK electric surfboard - (1.79m x 0.61m x 0.22m) - RRP: c. 15,900€

What is the Awake RÄVIK electric surfboard?

A high-performance jetboard that offers the latest in electric propulsion, the Awake RÄVIK electric surfboard is designed to provide adrenaline-fuelled fun to both experienced and inexperienced riders. With a top speed of 34mph and a battery time of between 20-45 minutes, it’s a product that can provide thrills – but only in short bursts.

Awake RÄVIK electric surfboard

Pros

  • Stable
  • Intuitive
  • Fast and exciting to use for experienced riders

Cons

  • Expensive compared to competition
  • No 'kill-cord'
  • Battery last short time compared to other toys

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How does the Awake RÄVIK electric surfboard rate?

The Awake RÄVIK electric surfboard is likely to be a toy that offers the most enjoyment to experienced riders who can hop straight on and maximise its potential in terms of speed and excitement. Inexperienced riders, who are prone to falling off, may find it takes some time to get used to. A good toy, but there are similar products that offer better value for money.

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Electric SipaBoard - (3.35m x 0.8m x 0.14m) - RRP: c. 1,500€

What is the Electric SipaBoard?

SipaBoards are designed to offer an all-round enhanced SUP experience, bringing the outside world closer. Designed to help the rider to explore at his or her own pace away from the yacht, the SipaBoards are quick and easy to use – perfect for the whole family.

Electric SipaBoard

Pros

  • Relaxing to use
  • Requires minimal effort
  • Accessible to riders of all ages and levels
  • Low risk of injury
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • No wow factor
  • Less fun than other toys

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How does the Electric SipaBoard rate?

While the Electric Sipaboard does not offer an adrenaline rush in the same way other the other toys do, it does offer a relaxing on-water experience that is perfect for anyone wanting to explore at their own pace. This makes it a good option for owners or guests who have limited water toy experience.

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Fliteboard Air - (1.98m x 0.76m x 0.11m) - RRP: c. 11,000€

What is the Fliteboard Air?

Ever wondered what it feels like to fly? Well wonder no more. A high-quality and modern-looking inflatable board, the Fliteboard Air e-foil is suitable for riders of all experience levels. It boasts almost the double the volume of the standard Fliteboard, making learning even easier – ideal for guests who may only end up using the toy once or twice.

Fliteboard Air

Pros

  • Good introduction to foil boarding
  • Easy to get started
  • Fun for all
  • Quiet and smooth experience

Cons

  • Expensive - difficult to justify the price

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How does the Fliteboard Air rate?

If fun factor is what you’re looking for, the Fliteboard Air might just be the ticket. Ideal for even the novice foil boarder, it’s a toy that is easy to get to grips with and immediately enjoy using. Quiet yet exhilarating, Fliteboard Air is guaranteed fun.

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iAQUA SeaDart Max - (1.2m x 0.5m x 0.37m) - RRP: c. 7,083€

What is the iAQUA SeaDart Max?

The iAQUA SeaDart Max has been designed to offer thrills and excitement via a craft that, according to the brand, outperforms its price tag. A big statement, but its impressive tech spec suggests it is capable of delivering exactly that. Combining speed, style and independence, it’s a game-changing exploratory tool that riders of all ages can enjoy.

iAQUA SeaDart Max

Pros

  • Underwater
  • Fast
  • Perfect for individual exploration
  • Stylish
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Noisier than competitors

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How does the iAQUA SeaDart Max rate?

Every superyacht needs one. They’re that good. The fact it’s speedy and easy to use, coupled with the obvious underwater USP, makes the iAQUA SeaDart Max an essential water toy. iAQUA delivers on its promise of providing a water toy that outperforms its price tag, of that there is no doubt.

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Jet-Boat Tender 3.80 - (3.8m x 2.4m x 0.83m) - RRP: c. 3,500€

What is the Jet-Boat Tender 3.80?

The Jet-Boat is exactly what you might imagine: An inflatable boat designed to be pushed by attached to a Jet Ski. The boat can carry up to six passengers who can sit and enjoy a high-speed ride – whether it’s for fun or a practical second tender solution.

Jet-Boat Tender 3.80

Pros

  • Great for groups
  • Versatile
  • Practical (second tender for smaller yachts)

Cons

  • Not great for solo riders
  • Limited exhilaration

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How does the Jet-Boat Tender 3.80 rate?

The unanimous verdict on the Jet-Boat Tender is that while it does offer some fun, particularly for larger groups, its best utilised for practical reasons – it’s ideal as an extra tender. This means it doesn’t quite offer the exhilarating on-water experience that other water toys do, but it’s worth considering for other reasons.

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JETSURF Electric - (1.8m x 0.6m x 0.15m) - RRP: c. 12,849€

What is the JETSURF Electric?

The electric JETSURF board boasts the same DNA as the others in the brand’s range, but with the added benefit of being more environmentally friendly. Fast and with good manoeuvrability, it’s a board designed for thrill seeker. It has a top speed of 31mph and can run for around 35 minutes per battery cycle.

JETSURF Electric

Pros

  • Fast
  • Interesting and exhilarating
  • Keeps you coming back for more

Cons

  • Boarding system caused injury
  • Hard to stand up unless still conditions or using the tube accessory

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How does the JETSURF Electric rate?

The JETSURF Electric is a toy that ticks a lot of boxes, particularly for experienced water toy users. It’s quick, allows you to make sharp turns and has a fun factor that other toys simply do not have.

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JETSURF DFi - (1.8m x 0.6m x 0.15m) - RRP: c. 10,349€

What is the JETSURF DFi?

The JETSURF Race is exactly what you might think: A powerful race board. Unlike its electric sibling, JETSURF Race has a 2 stroke 100cc engine that has been rigorously tested in the toughest racing conditions, ensuring it provides a powerful performance on the water. It offers staggering speeds of 55 km/h and the ability to make sharp turns.

JETSURF DFi

Pros

  • Great fun
  • Easy for beginners to get used to

Cons

  • Tiring
  • Becoming obsolete due to electric boards
  • Noisy

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How does the JETSURF DFi rate?

There’s no denying that the JETSURF Race packs a punch and for this reason it’s well suited to experienced toy users with the physical attributes to make the most of its capabilities. In truth its old-fashioned use of petrol power makes it stick out compared to most popular boards on the market right now which utilise electric propulsion – and in a more eco-conscious world that’s not necessarily a good thing.

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SEABOB - (1.15m x 0.5m x 0.37m) - RRP: c. 8,295€

What is the SEABOB?

The SEABOB is another water toy that propels riders underwater to explore what lies beneath the surface. Providing relaxed gliding and impressive agility thanks to its electric E-Jet Power drive, SEABOBs are an environmentally friendly way of experiencing fun and freedom on the water.

SEABOB

Pros

  • Underwater
  • Exhilarating
  • Lighter than first generation SEABOB
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Reasonable risk of injury
  • Not as stylish as competitor

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How does the SEABOB rate?

Unquestionably a popular choice of water toy. As with any underwater toy, it’s got a special appeal. It performs well, is easy to use and the latest versions are lighter than earlier models, showing how the product is evolving over time. However, it isn’t as stylish as its main competitor and it’s more expensive. You won’t be disappointed with a SEABOB, but it has strong competition.

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Sea-Doo Spark - (2.79m x 1.18m x 1.045m) - RRP: c. 6,600€

What is the Sea-Doo Spark?

Jet Skis are almost guaranteed to be great fun to use, and the Sea-Doo Spark is a game-changing PWC (personal watercraft). It’s cheaper, lighter and easy to use as a beginner, making it an accessible and instantly thrilling water toy to get your hands on. Utilising a powerful Rotax 900 ACE engine, Spark promises a fast and fuel-efficient ride.

Sea-Doo Spark

Pros

  • Fun
  • Good value for money
  • Solid build
  • Extremely fast at full speed

Cons

  • More challenging for less experienced Jet Skiers

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How does the Sea-Doo Spark rate?

Small and effortlessly simple to use, the Sea-Doo Spark Jet Ski is a superb water toy that owners and guests alike will love. It’s great to ride, incredibly fast and impossible to get bored of. There may be more challenging Jet Skis to use if you’re an experienced rider, but the Spark is an ideal entry-level toy.

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Waydoo Flyer One - (1.68m x 0.7m x 0.11m) - RRP: c. 5,842€

What is the Waydoo Flyer One?

A water toy that offers riders the ability to fly, the Waydoo Flyer One takes advantage of everybody’s inner superhero. Lightweight, emission-free and easy to set up, the Flyer is a pacey and exciting e-foil, particularly for experienced riders.

Waydoo Flyer One

Pros

  • Fun
  • No noise
  • Exciting and enjoyable to experience

Cons

  • Not for beginners
  • Difficult to get upright
  • Matting caused grazing

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How does the Waydoo Flyer One rate?

For an experienced rider, the Waydoo Flyer One guarantees great fun and a genuine feeling of flying. However, not every guest will be an experienced rider. For beginners it is not an easy toy to get used to and maximum enjoyment from. The time required to get a handle on how to use it is not conducive to anyone who is only experiencing a short stay on board.

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Which water toy came out on top?

Best yacht toy winner: iAQUA SeaDart Max

There were some very high scores from some exceptional toys, but the undisputed winner of the Tried & Tested: Best Water Toy is the iAQUA SeaDart Max! Our selected army of captains and crew were unanimous in their decision, citing the craft’s underwater capabilities, style and intoxicating rider experience.

Tried and Tested: Best Water Toy winner

Captain and crew comments

Our superyacht captains and crew offered some glowing reviews after testing the iAQUA SeaDart Max. Here are some of their comments:

“It takes you to another dimension: Underwater. I really like it” – Rob, Captain, M/Y Lady Rose

“Great for exploring, especially in clear water destinations” – Ewan, Deck Hand/Jet Ski Instructor, M/Y Sussuro

“Noisier than SEABOB, but faster” – Arthur, Captain, M/Y Spontaneous

“Cheaper and faster than SEABOB – it looks a lot better too” – Scott, 3rd Engineer/Toy Specialist, M/Y Lady Marina

“It’s better than SEABOB. It has lights, more gadgets and it’s faster too” – Corne, Captain, M/Y Lady Marina

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

Highlights packages

Check out our three in-depth videos to get a greater insight in the yacht toys that were tested!

Underwater toys review

Powered boards review

Hybrid Jet Ski review

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