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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

More big toys for big boys...

...and girls, of course.

This is the "Aquada":


From the official website:

"The Aquada is a revolutionary showcase of High Speed Amphibian (HSA) technology."

"Entry to the water is via beach, boat ramp, slipway or directly from the water's edge. Once afloat, the transition from road vehicle to High Speed Amphibian (HSA) is effortlessly achieved."

"Simply press a button and drive into the water. The wheels automatically rise and as you press the accelerator nearly a tonne of thrust pushes the Aquada onto the plane. The whole process takes less than 12 seconds. The Aquada can plane at over 30mph."

"Powerful enough to tow a water-skier and with a style and class of its own, the Gibbs Aquada is the perfect leisure vehicle. It combines the thrill of an open top car with the sheer exhilaration experienced in a high performance speedboat."


These are slated to go for about $85K...which ain't cheap.

They also plan to produce a couple of other platforms; one is the "Quadski", an amphibious ATV which will go for $15-18K:


Another is the "Humdinga", based on the Hummer:


Predating these vehicles by many decades is the "Amphicar"; according to some "Amphicar" owners' groups, hundreds of them are still operational:


Here are a couple of their websites:
http://www.amphicar.com/
http://www.amphicar.net/

I'm thinking a "Quadski" (or 2) might be nice to have in Hawaii...

17 Comments:

Blogger Marsha said...

Holy shit.

August 29, 2007 8:48 AM  
Blogger bob said...

Is it just me, or do I hear James Bond theme music in the background?

August 29, 2007 9:07 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I've seen those Amphicars before, but not the others. Looks like you'll have several options for getting around in Hawaii.

August 29, 2007 6:40 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Marsha:
Such language!

Bob:
James Bond music would certainly be apt.

Bunny:
I've seen the Amphicars on occasion too, but on the road, not the water.

As for having several options, I can't see spending more than the $15-18K for the Quadski...

August 29, 2007 6:53 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Those things are mighty impressive!

Have you ever gone for a ride on a DUKW?

Check out this link for a primer and picture. I've always wanted to buy one and restore it. They ain't fast or pretty but they'd be pretty handy for hunting and camping!

August 29, 2007 7:12 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Wheeee!

(:D)

August 29, 2007 7:36 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Beerme:
They have "DUCKS" in Philly:
Ride The Ducks - Philadelphia

Hawkeye®:
Indeed...

August 29, 2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

You find some great toys.

August 29, 2007 10:47 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Forget the toys,I'll take the big boys....as long as they can breathe on their own......LOL

August 29, 2007 11:44 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Pat'sRick(c):
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

Jack is not a dull boy. :-)

Maggie:
Heh, heh...

August 30, 2007 7:32 AM  
Blogger Ms RightWing's Ink said...

sigh, I'm old enough to remember the Amphibicar. An old used car dealer had one in his lot for years and never could unload it on a warry customer. Oh to have a time machine

August 30, 2007 9:51 AM  
Blogger benning said...

Well, you wouldn't get caught in flooded intersections too often.

August 30, 2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Ms RightWing:
Hmmm...I wonder what a used one goes for nowadays?

Benning:
That's for sure...

August 30, 2007 6:29 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

I like that last one.

August 31, 2007 6:07 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Cassandra:
Here's one...a steal at $69.9K!

September 04, 2007 6:58 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

I think I'll just look at the picture.

September 04, 2007 5:26 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Cassandra:
I can dig it; they were much less expensive when they were new...

September 05, 2007 8:25 AM  

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