Videos: Bomboard Promises More Power, Better Handling for 2016


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Roughly a year and a half ago, we introduced many to the Bomboard, a modular personal watercraft that could be quickly disassembled and loaded into the trunk of a compact car before being reassembled and enjoyed outside. Originally targeted for “millennials” who statistically have shown less interest in acquiring a driver’s license (not to mention learning to do anything physically taxing) than pursuing an advanced degree in 17th century baroque architecture. But hey, cest la vie.

The brainchild of inventor John West, the Bombard earned the attention of inventors and entrepreneurs but never really took off. In 2014, the Bombard earned second place in the annual Whiteboard Challenge hosted by MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago, where entrepreneurs present business plans before a panel of judges from a variety of industries. Nevertheless, the Bomboard’s unique design allows the rider to assemble their own modular-version of a Sea-Doo 3D. Yes, that’s right: the 3-in-1 standup, cart and one-up runabout.

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For 2016, the Bomboard crew is at it again, this time kicking off a new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday, November 25th as the kick-off to bring BomBoard into production. Likewise, the new Bomboard dramatically improves over the previous clunky and somewhat dangerous design (there was a lot of exposed metal and hard edges) with a new, sleeker shape, and replaces the 250cc 34hp engine (with a 40mph speed cap), for a 450cc engine resulting in dramatically better performance. Moreover, the new Bomboard features a reshaped hull, adjustable steering arm, pump and assembly system.

So if you think building a low entry-point, modular reworking of the Sea-Doo 3D concept is a strong contender for the PWC market, this make sure to put your money where your ideals are, and help support this growing company HERE.

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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