Portable watercraft inventor hopes to ride youth wave

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Portable watercraft inventor to ride youth wave

2, 2013

A former executive the computer technology field has a personal watercraft small to fit in a car but powerful enough to satisfy the of adrenaline junkies.

Named the Urban Jet Ski, it comes in snap-together pods that a combined 140 pounds.

The Bomboard is by a four-… engine capable of the water sled to speeds of up to 40 according to inventor and company John West.

West is to raise money to launch production from a prototype developed at the company’s office in The machines would be sold a direct marketing business online sales aimed at adults.

West estimates it will $1.5 million to launch the and up to $5 million for other expenses working capital for growth.

The will bypass traditional sports dealerships by using the and social media for sales and salespeople paid by commission and repair depots, according to

It’s a business model to the Internet-based buying habits of men and ages 18 to 34 who live in urban know what they and don’t care much the product comes from a dealership.

YouTube is where will become famous. The video showing a kid bomboarding the of New York will go viral, said.

At $3,495, the price is aimed at adults, according to West, who the company is aiming for sales of units a year when it the third full year of

We will start slowly to sure everything works and then we will ramp up, he said. Production will be in and sales will start months after the initial million in funding, he said.

in retirement

West, a Chicago and graduate of what’s now Carroll spent decades in the machine-tool field and says he raised $26 in venture capital for a company he That company, Cimlinc had $35 million in sales and 280 employees two after it was started.

A Bomboard partner, Anders Stubkjaer, was the financial officer of SS Cycle, a engine manufacturer in Viola. management team members a former chief engineer for Inc. and a former Cisco Inc. executive who managed a million sales territory.

West says he has worked engineering firms and other to create multiple Bomboard He was semi-retired but became restless and to create something fun.

I always been into with an engine, West adding that he’s a succession of personal watercraft the years and always favored the the Kawasaki Jet Ski, where the stood up and had to keep the machine

It took a little bit of skill to those machines. That’s was neat about them, he

Over time, the water industry drifted away stand-up personal watercraft and toward larger machines the rider sits down.

went bigger and bigger, and more upscale. But now everybody in the sports industry is bemoaning the that their customer is aging and the demographics are going them. I think we need to products that are attractive to the generation, West said.


The modular design of the makes it easier to transport, a trailer, and is aimed at people who use car to reach the water.

The water disassembles into four including an 85-pound center pod houses the engine, electronics and mechanism. Two outside sponsons, help control the craft turning, are filled with

If one of the pods developed a leak, the still wouldn’t sink, said.

The machine has a 250cc, engine that produces 34 It was designed by a company in Switzerland makes engines for personal motorcycles and go-karts.

Bomboard be competing with some well-established personal-watercraft makers Kawasaki, Polaris and Sea-Doo.

The price seems high someone could buy a new Sea-Doo for $4,995, said Charles a Fond du Lac-based writer for

The 85-pound center pod seems for someone to lift into car, Plueddeman said.

says he has the manufacturing rights to the and that he hopes to use a consortium of companies to build Bomboard

We are just getting geared up to with companies about We have the powertrain and hulls out, so it’s time to out the next step to get us into he said.

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