The Overboat has been around for some time and is already available in certain territories in Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, and Switzerland) and the United Arab Emirates. The flagship model is the C Series, which is a catamaran, twin-hull ski offered in two sizes: the Overboat 100C and the Overboat 150C, for one or two passengers, respectively.
The F Series adds the retractable, inverted T-shape hydrofoils that lift the sit-atop watercraft above the waves and thus offer minimal friction, a much smoother and stable ride, and increased speed. The Overboat 150F, for instance, which is the only one that requires a special license in order to operate and is a two-seat watercraft, offers top speeds of 20 knots (23 mph / 37 kph).
The merits of the F Series Overboat go beyond the fact that it’s noiseless and produces no wake and no pollution. It is also quite an elegant daysailer, with teak, yacht-inspired landing on both sides for excellent grip and the occasional functionality of a beach platform, lightweight dual poly-fiberglass hulls, smart controls, and smart technology, including a smart control system that adjusts the incidence of the hydrofoils at a rate of 100 times per second, to ensure a smooth and most comfortable ride.
The operator (and passenger on the two-seat version) sits atop the raised platform connecting the two hulls, but they might as well sit anywhere else. The Overboat F Series can be controlled remotely, just like a drone, which renders it very useful for search and rescue or covert missions. These two uses are showcased in the video at the bottom of the page. Neocean highlights the agility and stability of the watercraft even when it’s operating in unmanned mode.
Neocean promises that innovation and technology drive the Overboat towards a more sustainable future, but with no compromise on the kind of fun experience offered.
As with similar, fully-electric, fun water toys, a guilt-free conscience isn’t free of charge. The Overboat retails for prices starting at €14,158 ($14,000 at the current exchange rate) for the smallest C Series that doesn’t “fly” and goes all the way up to €34,992 ($34,700) for the flying two-seater “boat,” as Neocean calls it. For an extra buck, you can also get add-ons like a carbon fiber hull upgrade, a launching trolley, or a trailer, and shipping to territories not on the list.