Magic Carpet on the Water (Aug, 1956)

Magic Carpet on the Water

A NIFTY new device for seashore capers is the Water Skipper, a veritable magic carpet that will skim the surface at speeds up to 35 mph.

One operator and passenger can ride the small, sturdy and maneuverable boat. Constructed of marine plywood, the Skipper is four feet wide, seven feet long and seven inches thick. On the deck are two sturdy posts connected at the top by a stationary aluminum handle bar for the operator and at the base by plywood, forming a compartment which serves as a seat and storage space. The stern is divided with a fixed 1-1/2-in. transom which can take an outboard from 3-1/2 to 10 hp.

Speed is regulated by a hand throttle control and steering is done by simply shifting your weight. Water Skipper is made by Hasso Industries, Inc., So. Hackensack, N. J. Cost: $135.

3 comments
  1. docespresso says: January 23, 20131:24 pm

    This looks like a great way to get seriously injured.

  2. cr0sh says: January 23, 20138:21 pm

    I don’t remember what issue, but in one of these old “pop sci” pulp mags of the day, there was a “DIY” article showing how to build something real similar to this craft…

  3. Stephen says: January 24, 20135:34 am

    It looks to me like the ancestor of the jet-ski. However, nowadays you’d be expected to wear a life-jacket.

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