No product at the recent trade shows fits the image of the 21st century quite like the Solo Watercraft. At first glance, the Solo looks like something that a little boy should be controlling with an antenna and joystick at the side of a pond. The 8-foot-long, 375-pound machine charges around the water with nothing on board but a tiny orange flag. But at the opposite end of a 40-foot ski line is a skier, looking as if he's taking a giant yellow, blue and white clam for a 35-mph walk across the lake. He is literally skiing with nobody around, not even a driver, though he could be humming the theme to The Jetsons.
From the handle of the Solo, you can control everything. Buttons wired into the rope allow you to start the engine, accelerate, steer and stop. At a recent test, the Solo ably pulled a 180-pound slalom skier through hard cuts, stayed firm while pro wakeboarder Gerry Nunn rode out a series of inverts, laid low as Mike Murphy did front flips on a Sky Ski, and got a 190-pound barefooter on top of the water. All by itself.
For more information, call Solo Watersports at 425-456-1998 or go to http://www.solowatersports.com. Suggested retail price for the base model is $6,995.
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