Gibbs Sports Amphibians is counting on watersports enthusiasts and yacht owners alike to be enticed by the ability to transition from land to water in mere seconds. That’s what its Quadski, which is being shown at this week’s Miami International Boat Show, can apparently do.
Manufactured in the United States, the Quadski is a high-speed amphibious craft. Made of fiberglass and equipped with a BMW Motorrad engine coupled to a waterjet, it can reportedly make the transition in five seconds and plane in just a few more. Alan Gibbs, co-founder of Gibbs Sports Amphibians, says the Quadski is the only sports amphibious vehicle that can achieve 45 mph on both land and water.
Gibbs Sports Amphibians was founded just last year, though Gibbs and fellow founder Neil Jenkins say extensive research predates the company, to the tune of 2 million man-hours and $200 million. The company also reportedly holds a combination of 300 patents or pending patents on the high-speed amphibian technology behind the Quadski.
The Quadski measures 10.5 feet by 5.2 feet by 4.3 feet and is available in black, blue, red, silver, and yellow. It weighs 1,300 pounds and carries 15 gallons of fuel. Thus far it’s only sold in the United States, via via a dealer network concentrated in the Midwest and Southeast, plus New York.
Look for the Gibbs Quadski to be exhibited within the National Marine Super Yacht Toy Store space at the boat show. Retail price: $40,000.