Riding the 81 x 32 x 12-in (205 x 81 x 30-cm) Kymera came naturally enough and should be familiar territory for anyone who has body-boarded or paddled before. Pulling the hand trigger located on the right handgrip results in gradual acceleration – unless you peg it, in which case you’ll take off while raising a rooster tail. Releasing the trigger brings your momentum down almost immediately thanks to the buoyancy of the craft. Steering is accomplishing by rolling the hips in the direction you want to go, while your feet can supply additional directional control allowing you to make fairly sharp turns, even at full speed.
At slow cruising speed the Kymera makes for a fun alternative to kayaks or canoes. Quiet, effortless, with quite a long range when moving at sight-seeing speeds – it’s rated at over 6 mi (10 km) per two-hour charge. And your face is close to the water, giving you a new perspective as well as keeping you a lot cooler than if you were fully exposed to the sun.
Kymera glides in just inches of water and, with a tough hull, if you do bang into the occasional submerged obstacle, or even drag it across the rocks on a portage, it’s unlikely you’ll blemish, let alone pierce the craft.
The ability to quietly navigate very shallow bodies of water expands the usage possibilities of the Kymera from pure recreation to investigation. We couldn’t help but think of aquatic scientists that would enjoy new levels of access gliding along at water level. Not to mention fishermen, who will doubtless find it an interesting option for prospecting hard to reach places.