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Beep beep! Or maybe we should say, “Ahoy, there! “
An Italian design company is making waves by transposing the classic design of a Volkswagen bus from the 60s onto a pontoon boat – and it’s really cute!
Floating Motors, a startup by Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini, marries small boats with adorable automotive designs from the past. The Volkswagen is just an idea; there is also a Mini Cooper and a few Fiat among the retro-cool designs.
Here’s a YouTube video showing off a number of models, including this likable VW bus – which looks like a groovy place to hang:
There is even a diving platform at the back, to cool off quickly.
Now, you might be studying this video, appreciating its kindness, and saying to yourself, “It’s nice, but why do the people on the boat look like The Sims?” “
Well, that’s because Floating Motors hasn’t made any of the VW-style boats yet.
The company is still raising funds for the project, in association with another Lazzarini company, JetCapsule. Investors can donate money to Floating Motors for benefits or consider ordering one of the company’s current models.
Fortunately, their other designs are just as adorable. Here is “La Dolce”:
According to Floating Motors, this little guy will set you back at least $ 30,000 – the cost includes the boat plus a 70-horsepower outboard motor. Delivery takes about eight months. (If you pre-order now, you might get it in time for late summer 2022!)
Another option: The Foil, which also looks like a vintage Fiat 500, but it floats on a hydrofoil instead of a pontoon base.
The Foil features a 70 horsepower electric motor and the price starts at $ 60,000.
Anglophiles will love the MiniMare, a Mini Cooper-style pontoon with Union Jack paint. With four seats, it’s a bit larger than La Dolce, but its engines have double the horsepower to compensate.
The price? A reasonable sum of $ 40,000.
There are more models available, both larger than these, with starting prices reaching $ 220,000.
The VW bus is currently listed as ‘coming soon’. If you have (a lot) of money to have fun, you too can join the hippie seafaring lifestyle. Far !
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