Sunday, 4 October 2009

Is it a bird; is it a plane?

No it's a Caraboat! As the name (and the shape) implies, this is a bizarre combination of caravan and boat. Not quite 007's amphibious Lotus Esprit, perhaps, it features permanent wheels and a drop-town tow-hitch for road use and an outboard engine for water work.
Apparently less than a hundred were built in the early 1970s and they are now, not surprisingly, somewhat rare. This particular one, spotted on the Bridgewater Canal, had clearly been lovingly restored – even if the colourful canopy and yellow and white paint job made it look more like a floating ice cream van than a boat.
Find out more from the Caraboat Club.

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