This is one lucky kid. He not only has a pool to swim around in, but also has a mini Lewis ski boat his dad built for him. The boat is equipped with a petrol engine and gets around pretty well, as you are about to see. It would be interesting to see what kind of speeds this kid could get his awesome boat up to on a pond or lake. Until then, he’ll have to motor around in the safety of the pool.
A Mini Mini Ski Boat
There are actually a lot of mini ski boats out there, but they are much bigger than this one and have a more practical use. Technically we should probably call this a scale model boat because mini boats can be anywhere from about 8 to 15 feet long. There are small bullet boats that are very similar in design to this kid’s boat. One such bullet ski boat design is about 12 feet long and is powerful enough to tow a skier. You can build this boat on your own with plywood and put in a 35 or 40 horsepower engine and it will get the job done. Of course, you can also buy high-performance mini boats pre-made. A couple of the mini boat brands out there are Exhilarator and Twisted Liquid Marine.
Exhilarator Mini Ski Boats
Exhilarator boat models range from about 20 to 60 horsepower and are capable of towing a skier. The Exhilarator 101B is the smallest and most affordable model. Here are some of its specs:
• 10 feet, 3 inches long
• 5 feet wide
• Weighs 281 pounds
• 435-pound weight capacity
• 20-horsepower long-shaft engine
• 12-gallon fuel tank
Twisted Liquid Marine Mini Ski Boats
Twisted Liquid Marine, on the other hand, has boats that range from 10 to 40 horsepower. Here’s how the Little Twister model compares to the Exhilarator:
• 13 feet long
• 5 feet wide
• 350-pound weight capacity
• Up to 25-horsepower engine
• 6-gallon fuel tank
Mini boats like the Little Twister and Exhilarator offer an exhilarating ride in a small package just like this kid’s boat.
A Model Based on Lewis Ski Boats
Looking at the mini boat, you will notice the name “LEWIS” on it. Lewis is an Australian boat maker that has been in business since the 1930s. They are known for their handcrafted boats made of high-quality wood. Their lineup includes leisure boats, ski and wakeboard boats, and stock boats. Currently, they have 10 ski and wakeboard boat models.
The Lewis Boomerang Ski Boat
The boat looks most similar in design to the Boomerang. With its deep V bow and keel section, the Boomerang offers a smooth ride and tight turning. A steeped Transom pad and dual tracking fins make for a flatter wake for skiers and wakeboarders. Along with the high sides, a high glass windscreen shields the wind from the driver and passengers. The Boomerang is nearly 21 feet long and 8 feet wide, weighs about 2,500 pounds, and has a 350-horsepower motor.
What’s the Biggest and Baddest Ski/Wakeboarding Boat?
Ski and wakeboarding boats don’t get a whole lot bigger than the 21-foot Boomerang. The biggest one you are likely to find is the Mastercraft X26, a 26-footer than can seat up to 18 people. This luxury wakeboarding boat has these impressive specs:
• Just over 10 feet tall
• Interior width of just over 7 feet
• Weighs 6,700 pounds
• 86-gallon fuel capacity
• 29-inch draft
• Cruising speed of 18-22 mph
Would You Have Loved This as a Kid?
Whether big like the Mastercraft X26, very small like this kid’s mini boat, or somewhere in between, ski boats make for a good time. Building a small boat like the one you are about to see in action here would take a lot of time and effort, so my hat is off to this dad for doing it. Maybe the coolest thing about this boat is not only that it works, but that it has a great-looking design and paint job.
Is this boat something you would have loved to have as a kid? It seems like mini cars and trucks are always getting the attention, so it’s nice to see something unique like this that very few kids have.
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