Watch This Motorized Boogie Board
Watch a motorized boogie board, an electric version which will be powered by a 6 kW unit. However, to let users get their sea legs and maximize their run time, the motor will come tuned to 1~2 kW. To unlock the motor’s full potential, users will be able to plug their Kymera into a PC, which will let them adjust a number of parameters related to power usage and download data logs detailing metrics including voltage, current, temperature and RPM.
While there are plans for various sizes, Woods has chosen the 6-foot 4-inch (1.93 m) board as the first production model. This board will support riders up to around 6 ft 2 in (1.87 m) tall and 220 lbs (99.8 kg). Rider weight will affect speed and range, but Woods estimates the swappable 1,000 Wh lithium polymer battery is good for average run times of one hour and a top speed of around 10 to 15 mph (16 – 24 km/h). The battery should last from 300 to 400 cycles with proper charging.
Set to weigh in at around 48 lbs (22 kg) – 29 lbs (13 kg) without the battery pack – the Kymera achieves Woods’ original goal of a personal watercraft that is compact enough to be transported in a car without a trailer and light enough to be carried from the car to the water under an arm.
Woods plans to eventually offer the Kymera in three different sizes. This will include a “Rescue board” that will feature a fold out deck pad that will increase the board’s length to 10 ft (3 m) to allow it to double as a rescue sled. The Rescue board will also boast a remote operation capability so that it can be controlled from the shore or after being dropped from a helicopter.
This remote control capability will also be offered on a kids board that will allow parents to override the board controls from on shore. This board can also be radio fenced, so that if the child leaves the range of the remote, the throttle is cut to 25 percent power until they return to within the approved area.
Supporters can get themselves a Kymera for as little as US$2,500, which includes the board, battery and charger. Stepping up to the $3,500 tier sees the addition of a high speed, two-hour charger and two swappable battery packs. The $5,500 tier adds a Solar Roof Rack Charger, that will fully recharge a battery pack in 3.5 hours in full sun and can also be used to charge other battery-powered gear while heading off grid.