At Hammacher Schlemmer, they’re selling a remote controlled ski boat. Before you say, “ho humm,” though, know that his RC boat is a bit different. For one, it will actually pull a water skier. And, it get’s better: the skier is the one controlling the remote!
This is the unmanned water skiing boat that’s controlled entirely by the skier. A six-button control panel on the tow rope handle sends signals to the boat, allowing skiers to start, accelerate, decelerate, turn, or stop the vessel with slight thumb movements. The nearly 8’-long boat has a three-cylinder, two-stroke 70 horsepower engine with jet pump and axial flow propulsion, generating speeds up to 40 MPH and creating wakes for jumps and other tricks.