Awesome Boats

The MelloShip

The MelloShip

We can think of few more relaxing ways to spend a day than floating on a quiet lake, or in a lazy hammock. The MelloShip combines both of these “activities” into one. Lie back, relax, and steer the solar-powered vessel via remote control. Holds two hammocks, so bring a friend!

The World’s Largest Elevator

The World’s Largest Elevator

This marvel of modern engineering at China’s Three Gorges Dam is capable of lifting 6.7 million pounds of boats, water, and people to a height of over 34 stories. It takes 40 minutes to get to the top, shaving more than 2 hours off of the previous route over the dam.

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H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing

H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing

A POV look at this insanely fast watersport, in which 3000hp turbine-powered boats can hit 200mph. It’s like driving a top-fuel dragster across the water, except there’s no parachute, and you don’t just go in a straight line. Oh, and here’s what happens when you flip.

Sailing with Land Rover BAR

Sailing with Land Rover BAR

During their recent trip to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Chicago, we had a chance to visit with the Land Rover BAR team, and got see what goes into hydrofoil racing, from the engineering of the boats to the sheer fortitude of each crew member.

Pakayak Packable Kayak

Pakayak Packable Kayak

Want a kayak, but don’t have the storage space for one? The Pakayak disassembles from a 14-foot boat into a 3.5 foot-long package thanks to pieces that nest inside one another. They’re small enough to fit multiples inside an SUV, or to even carry one on your back.

The GoBoat

The GoBoat

A compact boat for fishing, hunting and more in shallow waters. The GoBoat weighs just 15lb, fits in most cars when disassembled and can be assembled in minutes. It works with transom-mount trolling motors (not included).

Extending a Cruise Ship

Extending a Cruise Ship

People put additions onto their houses all the time, but we never thought you could expand a cruise ship to add more space. Check out this fascinating time-lapse clip of a cruise ship as it was cut in twain, and stretched at the Blohm+Voss Shipyards back in 2008.

Gibbs Terraquad

Gibbs Terraquad

An amphibious all-terrain cart with a 140hp gas engine and Gibbs’ jet drive. It transforms in seconds, goes up to 50mph on land and up to 45mph on water. Gibbs also has aa amphibious motorcycle coming, but not even Space Sheriff Shaider could look cool on it.

Tarzan Boat

Tarzan Boat

A mobile water park. The Tarzan Boat has diving platforms, trampolines, nets and slides. It also has an outboard engine, life jackets and other associated equipment. Also available for rental in certain parts of the U.S.

Container Ship Time-Lapse

Container Ship Time-Lapse

This incredible 4K time-lapse by Toby Smith was taken aboard the Gunhilde Maersk, a large container ship, as it makes its way from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Ningbo, China. The visual spectacle that plays out before us more than makes up for the lack of sound.

World’s Largest LEGO Ship

World’s Largest LEGO Ship

Dan Siskind of Brickmania has spent countless hours (and dollars) building a 25.5 foot long, historically-accurate model of U.S. Navy vessel the USS Missouri from over 1,000,000 LEGO pieces. More on Flickr. (Thanks Orion!)

Gibbs Humdinga

Gibbs Humdinga

The Phibian’s off-roading little brother. The Humdinga is a 4WD amphibious truck with a 350hp diesel engine and twin jet drives. It goes up to about 80mph on land and 30mph on water, and can carry up to 1653lb. or about 7 people.

Speedboat Backflip

Speedboat Backflip

Skimming along the water in a super-fast H1 Unlimited Hydroplane is insane enough, but when something goes wrong, these turbine-powered speedboats can turn into unintended aircrafts, as demonstrated in this incredible POV video.

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Quadrofoil

Quadrofoil

The Quadrofoil is a two-seater electric watercraft that glides on the surface of water, giving you a quiet, smooth and agile ride. Its electric motor lets it cruise up to about 25mph with an estimated range of 62mi per charge.

U-Boat Worx HP Sport Sub 2

U-Boat Worx HP Sport Sub 2
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U-Boat Worx‘ latest personal submarine is a compact two-seater. Able to dive up to 100m (330ft), the HP Sport Sub 2 weighs just 2200kg (4850lb) and can fit on a 30m+ super yacht or be launched directly from a trailer.

Self-Stabilizing Boat

Self-Stabilizing Boat

Velodyne Marine’s Martini 1.5 is a motorboat with an active suspension system which keeps its deck and cabin level as it skims across choppy waters, improving marine safety, and bringing sea-sickness to its knees. More at WIRED.

Alumaski Aluminum Jet Ski

Alumaski Aluminum Jet Ski
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Most JetSkis are made from fiberglass, which limits their usefulness in shallow waters. The AlumaSki is powered by a 110hp marine engine, and offers a 1/4″ thick aluminum hull which can help you safely navigate shallow waters.

Kormaran Boat Concept

Kormaran Boat Concept

The Kormaran can function as a monohull, katamaran, trimaran, or as a floating deck thanks to mechanisms which can open and close sections of the boat and has retractable hydrofoils. With a top speed of 38 knots, it’s bound to be fun too.

Wider 42 Cruiser

Wider 42 Cruiser

This high-tech luxury boat has an expandable mid-ship section which provides added deck space. Its rear section is also highly versatile, and can be configured to store diving equipment, a fishing chair, or even a jet ski.

Ultraskiff Angler 360

Ultraskiff Angler 360

It may not look like much, but this circular boat’s got it where it counts. The Angler 360 gives you a 360º vantage point at all times, turns on a dime and is extremely buoyant. It has large compartments, rod holders and more.

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Own a Viking Ship

Own a Viking Ship
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Yachts? Pfff. Go Ron Swanson with your seafaring and get a proper man’s ship. Craftsmen at Denmark’s The Viking Ship Museum handbuild made-to-order ships using the techniques and tools used in the Viking Era.

The Glass Yacht

The Glass Yacht

Designed by Lujac Desautel, this yacht is like a section of an upscale skyscraper set afloat. The large glass windows reflect the surrounding waters, and the structure offers dedicated living spaces for passengers and crew.

3D-Printed Kayak

3D-Printed Kayak

Built from 28 sections of 3D printed ABS plastic screwed and caulked together, this colorful kayak was constructed by Grass Roots Engineering using a special oversize 3D printer. It’s completely watertight, and yes, it does float.

Stormy Seas POV

Stormy Seas POV

Stev Golden works on a boat. During a recent voyage off the Southern coast of Ireland, their boat encountered massive 52+ foot waves, and ~100mph winds. Don’t blame us if his video makes you sea sick.

Boat Parking Win

Boat Parking Win

We’re pretty sure the captain of this boat knew the boats on either side of him were being scrapped when he wedged himself in between them, but we’re still impressed with his skill in doing it without making more of a mess.

Joyboat

Joyboat

Sky-Yacht’s Joyboat is an electric boat that is steered with a joystick. It carries up to 5 people and its batteries last up to 8h on average speed. The Prestige Version comes with GPS, cruise control and a Bluetooth audio system.

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