I can remember going to the lake in my younger days when there were some of the personal watercraft on the lake that lifted out of the water and rode around on a ski. I presume those were literally the jet skis that spawned the term that has become a bit of a catch all term for all brands today.
A new concept has surfaced for a personal watercraft of the future called the Dolphin Hydrofoil. This thing has a circle ski in the front and a couple wing-like skis on the rear with a long fin underneath with the propulsion unit. When at speed the Dolphin rises out of the water on the skis.
The fact that the rider and the bulk of the craft are above the water means that it can go faster and the ride is smoother. I would also bet that the design means you can’t jump the wake left behind boats though. The concept is very cool and if you are the speed demon type this might be the perfect lake toy for you, assuming it ever comes to be.
Via Born RichFiled Under: Concepts & Design