Due to go on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016, FunAir's latest release is an old favourite reworked specially for superyachts. The BigAir Blob is a classic water cushion which has been redesigned for use in tidal waters with stabilising outriggers to stop it turning over while an inflatable stand-off means users are never at risk of accidentally bumping into the yacht's hull making it perfectly safe for younger thrill seekers. So how does it work? Sit at the end of the cushion while your friends jump on to it from the top deck sending you flying metres into the air before dropping into the ocean below.
If your superyacht toy box doesn't contain paddleboards then it's about time you invested as these are fast becoming essential for the best luxury yachts for charter with exciting water toys. Paddleboarding is particularly great for children because it's relatively easy to master, doesn't require waves or motors and tends to be safer than other water sports.
Unfortunately the rigid versions also tend to be quite large so, if you're planning to invest in enough for all the family, Red Paddle Co's inflatable SUPs are a great solution. Each one can be packed away in their own backpack and take just 20 minutes to inflate. Along with a huge range of adult boards, Red Paddle Co offers both standard and racing boards in junior sizes perfect for children.
If your child loves to explore but isn’t the strongest swimmer, investing in a Seabob could be a simple solution. These lightweight machines pull the user through the water at a comfortable speed and are steered by applying light pressure in the desired direction, meaning long distances can be covered above and below water using minimal energy. Eco-friendly and almost completely silent, it is a brilliant alternative to traditional snorkelling and, should you wish to have a go yourself, it can dive to depths of up to 40 metres.
There are a huge range of towable inflatables available for use with a tender - all of them brilliant fun - but the classic has to be the banana boat. With every trip inevitably ending up with the riders being thrown in the water, some parents are understandably reluctant to let their children on commercial rides. However, if you are pulling the banana boat from your own tender you can tell the crew a speed you are happy with and, as a standard tube carries between three and ten people, you can go along for the ride to make sure your kids stay safe.
If you have a large family or have invited guests who also have children, a water toy that can be used by numerous people at once is ideal. Classic water trampolines usually range between 15 ‘ and 25’ and can be used with a huge variety of attachments, including slides, connecting tubes and blaster pillows, most of which are also water toys in their own right. While perhaps not as exhilarating as tender toys, we guarantee a water trampoline will keep kids happy for hours.
The Horizon F14 SUP, which was created in collaboration with Farr Yacht Design, is a great option if you're looking for something that will work for the whole family. Designed primarily as a racing paddleboard, aesthetically it is more akin to a kayak or canoe than a surfboard with a wave-piercing bow for increased speed. However, the byproduct of this wide design is also increased stability and room for both parent and child should you wish to accompany them.
If your children are keen to try their hand at waterskiing but you’re reluctant to let them straight up on normal skis, the Jobe Dolphi Trainer is the ideal water toy. Designed as a hybrid between an inflatable tube and a waterski, the flat bottom provides stability and the inflatable sides a safer place to fall while the central seating tube can be collapsed as your child’s skills enhance.
Inflatable superyacht slides are becoming more and more popular among owners for one simple reason: they are incredibly fun. Usually attached to the second deck of your yacht, they are available up to 18 metres in length. Each one is custom built to fit your boat exactly – and just like the Freestyle Slide made for Aurelia in the photo above, they can even be created to match your yacht’s colour scheme. While many go for the traditional straight slide, why not mix things up with a curved or S-shape version – we guarantee your kids will thank you for it.
If a superyacht slide doesn’t keep your kids quite entertained (or worn out) enough, why not give them an adventurous way to get back on board with an inflatable climbing wall? Developed by FunAir, the three routes to the top are colour coded by difficulty, providing a fun way to get a little exercise for both adults and children alike. Plus, with so few yachts currently owning one, having the climbing wall hanging from the side of your superyacht is guaranteed to make you the centre of attention.