The Amphicruiser is an all-wheel-drive amphibious vehicle built by Dutch Amfibious Transport (DAT). The Amphicruiser is based on a custom-built chassis and powered by a 4.2 litre engine from a Toyota Land Cruiser. Many of the Amphicruiser’s components have also been lifted from the Land Cruiser to ease the construction process and reduce costs.
The Amphicruiser has a very rugged, practical look about it. DAT say that they haven’t sacrificed any of the vehicle’s off-road ability by making it amphibious. It’s equally at home on the road, off the road, or in the water.
The Amphicruiser is powered by the Toyota engine on both land and in the water. When out of the wet stuff, the engine drives all four wheels. When in the water, at the push of a button, the power is diverted from the wheels and to a jet drive system. In the water the Amphicruiser has a respectable top speed of 8 mph. Not quick. But pretty good for something which can drive itself into and out of the water.
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On April 12, 2014, the US Navy christened the first in a new class of guided-missile destroyers. The USS Zumwalt is the first in the Zumwalt class of vessels. They are next generational in almost every single way, from its weaponry to its drive system, the USS Zumwalt is almost straight out of a science fiction book.
Named after the late Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) from 1970-1974. Zumwalt was a veteran of World War II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He is credited with implementing a series of policies intended to improve opportunities within the Navy for minorities and women during his tenure as CNO. Zumwalt died Jan. 2, 2000. During his eulogy, President Bill Clinton described Zumwalt as the “conscience” of the Navy.
The Zumwalt-class of destroyers, like the man, is designed to be forward-thinking and versatile. The USS Zumwalt is the first of three destroyers the U.S. Navy has ordered.
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The Scandinavians love their saunas. It’s part of their culture. But unless you happen to have oodles of money and a large luxury yacht, its hard to combine saunas and boating. Unless you go the budget route like these enterprising Fins did and knock up your own floating sauna raft, or Saunalutta as it’s known in Finnish.
Created by a group of friends in Joensuu, Finland, the Saunalutta sauna raft basically consists of a shed sandwiched between two decks. The shed contains a small changing area/storage room and a decent sized sauna. The lower deck of the sauna raft features a rear swim platform and also provides a mounting point for the small outboard motor used for propulsion.
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The Reversys Boat is an advanced design proposal for a luxury yacht with an innovative folding hardtop roof. The folding mechanism, which has been patented, allows the Reversys Boat to transform from a fully enclosed boat, to an open top sun trap. The Reversys Boat was developed by a team of four Swiss designers; Pascal Vuilliomenet, Laurent Clement, Fabio Demarco and Vincent Jaton.
According to its creators, the styling of the Reversys boat was inspired by 1920s racing boats. These vessels were characterised by their v-shaped hulls and a cockpit pushed to the rear of the boat. In reality the Reversys Boat doesn’t look a whole lot like a 1920s racing boat. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a stylish bit of kit in its own right.
The 32 foot (9.7 metre) Reversys Boat offers a number of benefits over an open top boat, or one with a permanently fixed roof. Firstly it’s more secure. When closed up it provides a degree of protection against thieves. Secondly its versatile design means it can be used in a variety of weather conditions and for different requirements. And thirdly, its designers say the boat has been designed for ease of use and maintenance.
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The Necker Nymph is a three-person, open-cockpit submersible owned by the British billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. The Necker Nymph is kept at his private island resort, Necker Island, in the Caribbean Sea. The Necker Nymph can be launched from shore using a specially designed trailer, or it can be launched and retrieved at sea by the Necker Belle, a 105-foot luxury catamaran which is also based at Necker Island.
The Necker Nymph submersible was built in 2010 by Hawkes Ocean Technologies at a cost of $690,000 (£415,000). It relies on the same underwater diving principle as the DeepFlight Merlin class of submersibles, meaning it is positively buoyant, and to remain underwater it must keep moving forward. Unlike conventional subs which use ballast to sink in the water, the Necker Nymph uses downward ‘lift’ on the wings to fly down to depth. In the event of a power failure the sub would simply float to the surface.
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The BomBoard is the world’s first modular jet ski. It’s highly portable – it fits in the trunk of a car – and when at the water’s edge it snaps together in just 60 seconds. The Bomboard is made up from four different sections, the heaviest of which weighs in at 80 lbs (36 kg). Fully assembled it weighs 150 lbs (68 kg).
The BomBoard can be ridden in a kneeling, standing or seated position and has a top speed of 40 mph. The makers haven’t said what engine or jet drive the BomBoard uses – mainly because it’s still in the prototype stage – but because of the lightweight construction, they say they get good performance from a relatively small engine.
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If you want a bespoke car, you can’t do much better than a Rolls-Royce. Designer Stefan Monro – who did his internship at the British company – thinks they’d be just as good at building luxury yachts as they are at building luxury cars. And his Rolls-Royce 450EX yacht concept is pretty good evidence.
The Rolls-Royce 450EX yacht was partially inspired by the Rolls-Royce Phantom, it even features the large, imposing rectangular grille and “Spirit of Ecstasy” ornament familiar to all Rollers. And while the concept is not officially associated with Rolls-Royce, Monro was assisted with the design direction during his internship. In short. If Rolls-Royce were to make a luxury yacht, then there’s a good chance it would look something similar to this.
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When the robots do eventually rise up, there isn’t going to be anywhere for humanity to hide. They can now walk just about anywhere a human can, they can run like a dog, swim, fly – they’ve even been to space – and now they can stroll about on the seabed 200 metres down.
You can thank the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) for that. Their new Crabster CR200 robot is designed to inspect the seabed, pipelines and shipwrecks of the coast of the Korean Peninsula.
You might be wondering why they chose to make a submersible which can walk instead of maneuvering around with propellers like a normal submersible. Well that’s because there are some very strong currents in the areas in which the Crabster is likely to operate. A normal sub would be pushed around like a plastic bag in the wind. The comparably heavy Crabster is able to plant itself on the seabed and slowly lumber around as the water swirls past.
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Not content with owning a brand-new Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 Roadster 50th Anniversary Limited Edition model, Gino Gargiulo has just presented his matching, custom-built powerboat at the 2014 Miami Boat Show.
The 48-foot catamaran is built by Marine Technology Inc (MTI) and based on their G6 Series race boat. It’s finished in the same bright yellow Giallo Maggio paintwork of the car, and throughout it has design elements borrowed from the supercar. Including similar lights both front and rear, large lateral air intakes, seats, center console and steering wheel.
Powering the Lamborghini Aventador catamaran – called the Aventaboat – will be a pair of 1,650 horsepower Mercury Racing engines. Each 9-litre engine features quad camshafts, fuel injection, and a turbocharger. They run on 112 Octane fuel, and, get this, cost $250,000 each!
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Cigarette Racing and Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division AMG have teamed up for the fourth consecutive year to present complimentary futuristic visions, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept car and the Cigarette Racing 50′ Vision GT Concept powerboat.
As you may recall, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo supercar concept was created initially for the Playstation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 6, although Mercedes then went on to build a full-size version of the digital car.
However what wasn’t mentioned until now, is that at virtually the same time AMG were developing their concept car, Cigarette Racing were building a special, one-of-a-kind 50-foot powerboat inspired by the car. The Cigarette Racing 50′ Vision GT Concept is the most powerful production twin-engine performance boat ever developed and built by Cigarette Racing.
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