You’re gonna drool when you see the BEST #watercraft personal boat for 2018
The Wokart is the latest of a plethora of new watercraft designs that have emerged in recent years that are well outside the realms of traditional naval architecture – from floating islands to floating cities through to a range of water toys such as the Flyboard, Jetovator, Jetlev, Samba, Seabreacher, Subwing, hydrofoil designs such as the Quadrofoil, Wfoil, and even towables such as the Manta Ray and KiteTube.
Indeed, Wokart designer Dr. Theo Christen delights in regaling tales of “boaties” across the world identifying him as a marine “outsider” based on the simple premise that if he were an insider, constrained by traditional marine design thinking, he couldn’t have come up with the concept in the first place.
From the first time he showed his design to an established naval architect, to the crowd reaction when the Wokart was first displayed at the Stockholm Boat Show, Christen’s Wokart has been greeted with astonishment and invariably, disbelief that an outsider could have conceived something like the Wokart.
The Wokart enters production at CMI in Thailand next month, completing a remarkable journey for Christen whose PhD is in Economics, not the academic discipline one might expect of the creator of such a promising new marine design.
Christen has offered Gizmag a drive in the Wokart which we’ll be taking up as soon as possible, but here’s what we know right now.
The Wokart is powered by a centrally-located 70 hp outboard motor, giving it similar performance and handling characteristics to a go-kart on the water. Top speed is beyond 40+ knots (75 km/h or 46 mph) and with an 85 hp motor it’s beyond spectacular.
Each of the three Wokart partners I have spoken with have raved about the speed and agility of the aquatic go-kart, and its ability to instantly turn through 90 degrees at high speed.
Where Wokart might really hit the jackpot is that the design uses a modest 70 hp outboard of any manufacture (the EUR20,000 price does not include the outboard motor) this means it will be much more environmentally friendly than a PWC if you use a modern four-stroke power unit and potentially as quick if you use something like Torqeedo’s Deep Blue electric outboard which is designed to replace a 75 hp traditional outboard.
Interestingly, in discussions with Wokart designer Dr. Theo Christen, I asked if a carbon fiber version had been considered, and whilst he acknowledged it had been, he said there would be a lot of testing involved because they had gone to a great deal of trouble to get the weight right, and lightening the Wokart might compromise its turning abilities. So the jury is out on the benefits of adding an electric outboard such as Deep Blue and its 55 pound battery pack.
Regardless, because it is technically an outboard watercraft, it can go places where jet-powered Personal Water Craft such as Kawasaki’s Jet Ski and similar machinery from Sea-Doo, Yamaha and Honda cannot.