SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The quadski: It's a toy straight out of a James Bond film, a four wheel ATV you drive right into the water as it converts into a jet ski.
Gibbs Amphibians recently released the quadski and there are only one dealer in the Pacific Northwest that carries them and it's here in Spokane Valley at Empire Cycle.
While its not the first amphibious vehicle ever made you've probably never seem something like the Gibbs quadski, which makes the transition from land to water in just under five seconds. With a top cruising speed of 45 miles per hour on the water there's really no compromise in performance.
"It really is a different way of thinking, wet and dry with one vehicle. You can change your mind at the last second," Eric Anderson with Gibbs Amphibians said.
Anderson loves that something his company makes brings so much joy to people but the manufacturer is also looking at practical uses for this amazing machine.
"We have explorers who want to ride all the way from Anchorage, Alaska to Panama, we have duck hunters who want to carry their dog on the back while they go hunting, we have lifeguards that want to put rescue sleds on the back," Anderson said.
The quadski is also being considered for use by search and rescue teams, elite military groups, and law enforcement.
"If you had to get in and go somewhere in a second it would be the only way to go," Fred Crotch said as he watched the quadski demo from Silver Beach Wednedsay morning.
"It's lighter than I though and it goes like hell, I love it," he added.
Wednesday was the second demo day Gibbs and Empire Cycle hosted; their first was at Liberty Lake this past Friday.
"People coming just out of the woodwork out of their homes people driving by, seeing it, it's an eye catcher," Mitch Slover with Empire Cycle said.
Slover sees a lot of fun toys come through his showroom but nothing like the quadski.
"There's no truck, there's no trailer ,there is none of that nonsense that goes along with it, it is a do all machine," Slover said.
"It's a paradigm shift in the way people need to think, we all think of land vehicles and water vehicles being completely separate, now we have got the choice," Anderson said.
"It's the best of both worlds you get something that you can ride on land hang out with your buddies run right into the water go play for the whole afternoon and go right back up on to land," Slover said.
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