The Baja Skimmer from US company Trek Aerospace is a category
"X" watercraft. The category X is necessary
because, as yet, there is no official classification to
fit the vehicle.
Best described as a cross between a Jetski and an air
boat, the Baja Skimmer comprises of a tandem seat and
small jetski-like hull mated to a large air propellor
attached to the rear of the vehicle.
The Trek Aerospace Baja Skimmer features a specially designed
hull which incorporates the benefits of a stable "V"
hull and the drag reducing features of a tunnel hull.
This combination gives the watercraft superior stability
and handling qualities. Side boards and stub wings deflect
water spray, keeping the occupants dry throughout their
ride. The unique design of the Baja Skimmer allows it
to operate in extremely shallow water - as little as 18cm
One of the benefits of the Trek Aerospace Baja Skimmer
is the reduced environmental impact when compared to its
alternatives. The hull shape prevents its use over mudflats
and grassmats; sparing developing vegetation and nesting
wildlife. The fan pushes air not water so no sediments
are stirred up by the vehicle's movement. The Whisper
Fan system is quieter than all airboats and most jet skis
and outboard motors. And the muffled, 4-stroke engine
puts no exhaust gases or oils into the water.