THE BEST Boats

Ice Boat vs. Hot Lake

Ice Boat vs. Hot Lake

Sailing across a lake in a boat made out of ice seems like a bad idea, especially when it’s one of the warmer lakes on the planet. But YouTuber Ryan Trahan did just that, and spent three months building a 4000-pound frozen boat for his melty and futile journey. Perhaps some rowing lessons would have helped.

Off-Grid Island Home

Off-Grid Island Home

Exploring Alternatives introduces us to Catherine and Wayne, who have lived for nearly 30 years on a tiny man-made island in Tofino, BC, Canada. Freedom Cove was built by hand, using recycled and sustainable materials. It has multiple greenhouses, an art gallery, and a floating dance floor.

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Lifting a Cruise Ship

Lifting a Cruise Ship

So when you’ve got to dry dock a big ship, you need to get it out of the water somehow. Watch in awe as Boskalis show off their BOKA Vanguard, the world’s largest heavy lift sea vessel. Measuring over 900 feet long, it’s capable of lifting even the enormous Carnival Vista cruise ship.

Oru Kayak Inlet

Oru Kayak Inlet

A few years ago, Oru created a kayak that could fold up like origami. Their latest design is the smallest yet, packing up into a suitcase that’s small enough to fit just about anywhere. Somehow they managed to fold a 10-foot boat down to just 42″ L x 19″ H x 10″ W. An optional pack lets you carry it and your paddle on your back.

3D Printing a Boat

3D Printing a Boat

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center now has a 3D printer that can crank out objects up to 100 feet-long, 22 feet-wide, and 10 feet-high. In this brief time-lapse, watch 72 hours condensed down to 30 seconds as it outputs a 25 foot-long boat that weights 5,000 pounds. And yes, it floats.

Building a Cruise Ship

Building a Cruise Ship

4K time-lapse footage of the construction of AIDA Cruises new flagship AIDAprima as it was built at the Koyagi Plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Japan. It’s mindblowing to see such an awesome and massive vessel emerge from the bare drydock.

Lexus LY 650 Yacht

Lexus LY 650 Yacht

Lexus teamed up with Italian design studio Nuvolari Lenard and Marquis Yachts to create a production version of the Sport Yacht Concept. The 65-foot boat sleeps six, and is detailed with stainless steel, real wood trim, and custom furnishings throughout. This time, they went with Volvo Penta boat engines instead of Lexus V8s.

Nauti-Craft Marine Suspension

Nauti-Craft Marine Suspension

If you’ve ever been on a boat in choppy seas, you know how stomach-churning it can be. Nauti-Craft has developed an active suspension system similar to the one used to smooth out cars and trucks on bumpy rides. While it can’t totally cancel out waves, it does dramatically mitigate them.

Speedboat Float

Speedboat Float

Sun Pleasure’s Bay Breeze Boat Island is an oversized floating vessel that looks like a speedboat, but is actually just an inflatable raft on steroids. It has seating for up to six people, and has a built-in drink cooler and cup holders. It’s currently sold out, though you might find one on eBay.

A Boat Full of Boats

A Boat Full of Boats

Amazing footage of a vessel called the Super Servant 4, a massive, 556-foot-long ship designed to transport yachts of all sizes to and from marinas. The carrier section is designed to be flooded with water to allow the yachts to be piloted in and out without hoists.

Making an R/C Steam Boat

Making an R/C Steam Boat

Remote-controlled boats aren’t very unusual, but one that runs on propane-generated steam power sure is. Watch as Make It Extreme starts out with some aluminum tubing, discs, and sheet metal, and proceeds to craft himself a floating locomotive engine of sorts. It’s not exactly quick, but it’s a neat build regardless.

The Icebreaker

The Icebreaker

Timelab.pro captured this incredible footage of 50 Years of Victory and Yamal, two Russian icebreaker vessels as they headed out across the Arctic Ocean. These nuclear-powered ships use their 75,000 horsepower engines to cut through ice up to 9.2 feet thick to reach the northernmost waters of the Russian Federation.

Oru Kayak Haven

Oru Kayak Haven

Folding boat maker Oru Kayak is expanding its lineup to include a tandem boat. The Haven has a 500 lb capacity and is easier than ever to build, with color-coded hooks and less parts. It has an accessory track and can be configured into a roomy single-person kayak.

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The Most Dangerous World Record

The Most Dangerous World Record

There are lots of ways to get yourself into the Guinness World Records without risking life and limb, but some people live for danger. RealLifeLore takes a look at the deadly quest for the highest speed on water, and the many times people have died trying to exceed it.

TetraPOD Tub Trailer & Boat

TetraPOD Tub Trailer & Boat

The TetraPOD is an enclosed trailer for hauling various kinds of cargo, but it also transforms into a boat. The process takes only about a minute, and you only need to remove and replace several pins. It comes in both on- and off-road versions.

Tiny House Boat

Tiny House Boat

Living Big In A Tiny House usually features DIY and cheap mobile homes. Ian Ugarte’s design is neither of those, but it’s still a wonderful home worth checking out. It was inspired by traditional Japanese brothel boats and Japanese lanterns. More here.

Oru Kayak Coast XT

Oru Kayak Coast XT

The 2018 Coast XT is the latest version of Oru Kayak’s unique flat-pack kayaks. It has more leg room and storage and has a higher weight capacity compared to the smaller models. Yet it’s still easy to assemble, thanks to its zipper channels and new folding pattern.

Monocoque Palle Canoe

Monocoque Palle Canoe

Italian design studio BorromeodeSilva presents an absolutely stunning one-of-a-kind canoe. Its hull is made from carbon fiber with shimmery copper thread woven in, and ample quantities of beautiful teak wood, inlaid into a herringbone pattern.

Uncapsizable Boat

Uncapsizable Boat

Engineered for travel in even the most choppy of seas, Safehaven Marine’s Thunder Child can right itself, even if it flips all the way over in the water. The wave-piercing boat can hit speeds nearing 60 knots, and has special seating to reduce shock for its occupants.

Rapid Whale Mini Boat

Rapid Whale Mini Boat

Bay Area maker Joshua Tulberg is imagining you on the high seas with his kit for a 6′ long electric mini boat. Picture yourself building it with ease, thanks to marine-grade plywood and cable-tie and epoxy construction. Then imagine being the most popular fellow at the flotilla.

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30 Day Time-lapse at Sea

30 Day Time-lapse at Sea

Seaman JeffHK’s latest video is comprised of about 80,000 photos taken in the span of 30 days aboard the container ship where he works. Outside of going to space, sailing the oceans might be the best way to internalize how small we are in the grand scheme of things.

Lazareth Amphibious Mini Moke

Lazareth Amphibious Mini Moke

French company Lazareth says that it’s selling Mini Mokes modified to be amphibious. The mod is mainly based on a propeller that lets it go up to 7 knots on water. On land, you get 4-wheel drive and a top speed of 56mph.

Building a Cedar Strip Canoe

Building a Cedar Strip Canoe

A Guy Doing Stuff walks us through the process of building an absolutely stunning handmade canoe in his garage. The body of the boat was made using dozens of thin strips of cedar, bent, glued, and cut along plywood forms. All told, it took eight months to complete the canoe.

The Birth of a Dugout Canoe

The Birth of a Dugout Canoe

The Northmen Guild (fka John Neeman Tools) made this short film showing engineer and wood craftsman Rihards Vidzickis making one of his specialties: a dugout canoe. The process took place over a few months. We just want that paddle.

Lexus Sport Yacht Concept

Lexus Sport Yacht Concept

A one-of-a-kind luxury boat from automaker Lexus, designed to provide its passengers with an extravagant seafaring experience. It’s powered by a pair of 5.0-liter V8 engines from their RC F, GS F and LC 500, producing a total of 880hp, and has a carbon fiber composite hull.

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