Is it a car? Is it a boat? Meet the WaterCar


In Dublin we are limited to just below 30mph. But, when you multiply the sensation of speed on water by three for the land equivalent, that’s like doing 100mph across a lumpy field.

Getting on to the plane takes some grunt to break the suction of the hull on the water. The gutsy Honda engine revs to more than 6,500rpm and with only two of us in the car, bursting on to the wave tops is like riding a surfboard for the first time.

As on land, on the sea the WaterCar takes some muscle to change direction. Unlike a boat with a V-shaped hull, it skims like a stone or slides like a rally car when turning. Add in the bumps and jumps as it bounces across the waves and keeping your foot on the accelerator is not easy. If it comes off, the deceleration is acute and coming off the plane almost immediate. 

We buzz past the towering white wall of the cruise liner and get waves and yelps from those on their balconies. Maybe a few of these on each ship would up the fun quotient on a cruise.

The WaterCar is neither the best boat nor the best car, but if commuting – either from your private island or through your home city – is proving a chore then it might make sense.

For me and Christoffer, our next challenge is to cross the English Channel in it. Fast.

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Amphicar (1961-1967)


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