NAPLES, Fla -- It's a one of a kind vessel. It's the first of its kind in North America and it's right here in southwest Florida.
Harry Julian, President of Cruise Naples, Inc. In Tin City, is offering a new ride that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
WINK News got a sneak peak of the boat Friday afternoon. Julian describes the new ride as a roller coaster on water. Starting next week, the one of a kind jet boat will be giving rides right from the docks of Tin City.
Julian named the vessel Odin. The jet boat thrill ride comes all the way from New Zealand where Julian is from. "We thought, what a great idea to bring a jet boat to southwest Florida. They're exciting, they're fun, they're safe."
The 25-foot vessel is powered by twin 410 horsepower engines, but Julian says it's not about the speed. "Anyone can go fast. It's what you can do with it. She can stop in two boat lengths from 34 knots. She can do a Hamilton turn, she can turn 360 degrees on a dime," says
The quiet boat promises patrons a smooth ride, but it's also unique in that it has no rudders and no propellers so animals underwater are out of harms way.
"There are a lot of advantages to that. You can get in shallow water for nature tours."
Tuesday, Jet Boat Naples will have their final safety inspection from the US Coastguard. If all goes well, they will carry their first passengers on Wednesday.
Julian plans to run four or five one-hour tours a day plus a 90 minute nature tour starting at 9 a.m. Daily that will head down to 10,000 islands.