One of the original shorter, wider, fatter hybrid shortboards, the Channel Islands Motorboat by Rob Machado loves to glide across flat sections at your average, flatter faced beach break.
+ Well balanced small wave board
+ Handles your onshore mush but doesn’t mind cleaner, better conditions
+ Flat, wide and fat but still fast but lively
– It’s geared for smaller waves but I didn’t have much success in the knee high range; catching waves was not a problem but I was not generating enough speed to really enjoy the ride. Once the swell picked up a bit, I got into the groove
The Channel Islands Motorboat surfboard at 6’0 x 20 1/4 x 2 3/4 @ 37.7L’s of volume. I used the awesome Futures Black Stix V2 fins in this board…and that was a very good choice! Standard Channel Islands Motorboat dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist high to just overhead. Excels in average conditions but can handle better quality conditions
- Wide rounded squash tail for drive in flat faced surf
- Low entry and exit rocker, flat through the center
- Standard all rounder single through double concave bottom contour
- Fuller rails don’t catch in mushy conditions
- Three fin thruster setup
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This is the Channel Islands Motorboat. This isn’t my board. I borrowed this from my good mate, Wardy, to film this review. I used to have a Motorboat but I traded it in long before I started filming these reviews just for you.
The Motorboat doesn’t look terribly groundbreaking now but when it came out it was a little bit different. With its wider, flatter outline, this board came out towards the beginning of the performance hybrid shortboard revolution. Now there are many, many boards on the market by every conceivable shaper that are wider in the nose and tail and very flat rockered like this Channel Islands Motorboat.
I had one of these when it wasn’t really a popular design, or at least it wasn’t as popular as it is now. This is a great manifestation, though, of these kind of shorter, wider, fatter revolution of boards. You can see, this thing is really, really flat. There’s almost no rocker going from the nose all the way through the center here and out to the back, so this is great on flatter-face waves and in more average conditions.
It does have this big wide outline, wider in the tail here with this wide rounded-square tail, which is nice and thin in the back here, though, so it doesn’t feel too bulky. Same story up the front. You see the volume carries quite high up the nose here but it doesn’t trail off as nicely.
The Motorboat is again great in small to medium sized, more average conditions. It’s not the sort of board you want when it’s really steep or punchy. You want this board when it’s flat and fun and you’re looking to turn the board and to have a relatively lively option in those types of conditions. It’s also got this cool little graphic of Rob Machado riding a Motorboat, which is interesting.
That is the Channel Islands Motorboat. I thought I’d just pull this out because Wardy was surfing this the other day and having a ball on it and I realized [00:02:00] that I had never reviewed one for you, so here it is, the Motorboat by Channel Islands. Thank you very much for watching the show.
Power through summer mush with the Motorboat, Grasshopper.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
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I love the motorboat. I’ve has mine for about 6 years and it is the only board I ever want to ride.
What is a comparable new board I can look into?
I ride the 5’4” 25 liter model
And I 5’7” 150lbs.
I’ve tried a dumpster diver and a custome board kind of like a new flyer and a lost sub diver but I still only want to ride the motorboat even
I just picked up one of these and way better than a long board in the 2-3 mush here currently...what a fun board and cannot wait to try it in some larger surf. It has the stock fins and wondering what you guys think would be a good upgrade? Also...what would it do as a twin fin if I removed the center one?
Every ones got an opinion here’s mine. Got a MBToo RP thruster recently and has become a fave all rounder. Its the Swiss army knife of surfboards for small to med waves. Goes fast, paddles fast, responds fast with foam in all the right places, Round pin template goes some way in compensating for minimal rocker but a little too much foam/lift in the tail of mine makes it spin out on o/h surf when pushed hard even with o/s fins and tricky on o/h pitchy late take offs but that’s what makes it good in smaller conditions which its primarily designed for. Due to the flatter rocker & good foam distribution for use as an all rounder my advice would be to go thinner than you think you need to give it more bite.
Thanks Andrew. This is for the CI Motorboat review but this is a great take on the CI Motorboat Too that will be helpful to a lot of surfers so we will include it regardless!