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SeaLegs amphibious dink

came across this... 1/2 dink 1/2 beachrover?!?!? looks really cool.



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Seems a bit excessive to have 2 motors on a 20' boat though.

But it looks cool.
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A New Zealand invention and thus a lot of them in my neighborhood.

They're said to be soundly engineered and good quality but for me, the advantage unless you have a property right on the water is dubious.

They travel over land at a walking pace so for anyone not living on the water, a trailer would still be required to get it from one place to another. So in the true sense of the expression, they're not really amphibious as claimed.

And I believe them to be frightfully expensive.

The manufacturers have, I understand, achieved a significant military contract somewhere. I can't imagine trundling up the beach at 5 kms per hour while under hostile fire.

If you want to see a truly amphibious vehicle, have a look at this one.

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I've actually seen someone water-skiing behind one of these in Auckland (there is a video clip on their website) and on land they're a normal sports car. But I believe that also due to military contracts, they have been withdrawn from the market (not researched, just rumoured).
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Yeah, right... it's a very expensive toy and probably not very good at either... being a hack job compromise.
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tough to hang from the davits, though...
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I used to restore and race british sports cars(Triumphs) and we would always have an amphicar at the shows.

I like this one. Really more my speed.

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The recreation RIB was at the local boat show this year. It looks well built, but I wonder how the wheel retraction system works when subjected to sand, gravel, salt and the other stuff that is part of boating.
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This claims to be the fastest amphibious car. Now you can waterski behind your car or your MacGregor.

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