Amphibious vehicle designs always sounds great on paper, but in practical use they tend to sink more often than swim. It’s not so much that they don’t work, but that they tend to handle either land or water well, with the other being an afterthought (not to mention they solve a problem that most people simply don’t have). But we’d be lying if we said the Iguana 29 didn’t catch our eyes this afternoon.
The Sealander amphibious trailer is the camping accessory of our 1970s PopSci dreams come to life, except better than we ever imagined. This super-light trailer is tiny enough that it can be towed even by subcompact cars without a special permit, extra mirrors or gear, and serves as a kitchen, a tent and a boat.
We've covered a fair number of amphibious craft over the years, most recently (and perhaps most memorably), a land-water ice cream truck that popped up on the Thames during Britain's National Ice Cream Week. And while you won't find any floating treatmobiles in our archives, the old-time amphibious vehicles we uncovered might prove just as charming.
Amphibious cars aren’t for everyone, but if you happen to be in the market for a car that runs on both land and water AND you prefer your mode of transit in canary yellow AND you have $777,000 in a PayPal account, Rick Dobbertin’s HydroCar is available on eBay for the next ten days or so. And hey, it’s only $1,000 dollars down.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.