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Powerboard watercraft

For as long as there have been floating boards people have been doing crazy things on them in the water, and when they add motor power it becomes a powerboard.

Powerboard brochure main photos

As far as we know the first watercraft called Powerboard was an Australian invention from the late 1980s. It combined a sit on wave ski type of hull with outboard motor power to provide a wild and wet ride.

Now all motorised boards, sit, stand or lie on, outboard, inboard or water jet, are often referred to by the general term “powerboards”.

The original aussie Powerboards were made of fiberglass in single and two seater models typically running 5 to 15hp outboard motors and could do 15 to 30 knots depending on the motor.

The motors were mounted in a floatation cowling to stop them getting dunked and were fixed in a straight ahead position.

Steering was by the rider leaning in the direction they wanted to go and with practice the boards were very manoeuvrable.

Powerboards were sold in many countries with local dealers or owners supplying the motors and there are still many active Powerboarders out there.

Note: we have managed to get hold of an original Powerboard promo film clip on video tape and will display it here as soon as it is converted to digital.

Tandem Powerboard on the beach

Tandem Powerboard
airborne Powerboard
from Powerboard brochure

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November 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm
  • June 20, 2011 at 12:20 pmscott

    hello.. I live in australia & recently bought a single seater 1988 powerboard. I plan to put a2stroke johnson 8hp on it. In time i will send u a link to view once it’s on the water..
    I would luv to see that promo clip..
    Could u please email it to me once transferred to digital ?? Thankyou..

  • January 22, 2012 at 9:40 amBridget

    Do you know of any that are for sale?

  • January 22, 2012 at 11:35 amthe mariner

    Hi everyone, apologies for letting this website sit without the planned updates. Crashed computers, relationship crisis, house move, all that stuff got in the way. Hopefully a lot more will be added to the site over the next month or so, including the promised Powerboard video.

    Bridget, I hear of Powerboards bought in Australia from time to time, and there must be a lot more in countries like Canada where they were pretty popular. Old Powerboards never die it seems! What are you looking for, and for what type of use? I can ask the usual suspects…


  • January 29, 2012 at 10:25 pmjeremie

    je m’apelle françois je suis français originaire de la bretagne et je vien de faire l’aquisition d’un power board importer d’australie il sera motorisé avec un 5 cv suzuki 2 temps,je vous envoie des photos dés que possible.

  • June 26, 2012 at 11:48 ampaul

    hey ive been looking for one and posting on sites for a while, if someone knew of someone in ANY country where there for sale could u please let me know cheers

  • September 9, 2013 at 1:37 pmSteve

    I have 6 of the power boards 1 sill new all from the 80s
    What is the laws now for riding

    • December 21, 2013 at 10:22 amthe mariner

      Hi Steve, just saw your question.
      The laws depend on where you live, but in NSW, Australia, Powerboards were registered as boats, not personal watercraft (PWC), so standard small boat rules applied (but new definitions of a PWC may change that). See: http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au.....ation.html.
      The current rules for small boats include:
      - boats with outboard motors up to 5hp do not require registration
      - use at speeds below 10 knots does not require a boating licence, but 10 knots and above does.

      A single seat Powerboard with the typical configuration of a 5hp Tohatsu outboard starts planing at just below 10 knots and will typically cruise at 15+ knots. So normal use will not require boat registration but will require a licenced rider. Expect to be pulled over by NSW Maritime thinking it is a PWC though!

  • February 18, 2014 at 5:59 pmRob S

    Hey. I have one of these for sale in Ontario, Canada. Please email me with reasonable offer if interested.


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