Can’t decide between sailing or camping?
German inventor Daniel Straub has the solution for you: his amphibious Sealander is a compact camping trailer that converts into an electric power boat. Just back it into the water, and take off. Equipped with a small electric propeller engine, it can reach a top speed of nine kilometres per hour on water.
“The obvious advantage here is that you can combine two ways of travelling. It offers many more possibilities. When you have a boat and a caravan, you have to decide which one you want to use. What we offer here is the freedom to do what you want where you want,” says Straub.
The Sealander has a waterproof chassis built from a single piece of glass fibre and reinforced plastic. It features most of the amenities of a normal caravan, including a double bed with a removable roof that allows you to sleep under the stars, as well as a kitchenette and a portable toilet.
“This is a vision which we have turned into reality,” explains Straub with a smile. “But of course, for most people, it’s something entirely new and they often stare, wondering ‘Is it a boat? Is it a caravan? And what are those crazy people doing out there on the water?’”
The transition from sea to land takes just a few minutes: you can hitch it to a car just like a normal caravan before hitting the road. But it’s a vacationing vehicle-stroke-boat doesn’t come cheap, at least compared to a regular caravan, with a basic model costing around 15,000 euros.