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Sealander amphibious camping trailer gears up for production

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Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer
Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer
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Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer
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Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer
Featuring a removable roof, Sealander's interior will come customizable through a number of modules
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Featuring a removable roof, Sealander's interior will come customizable through a number of modules
Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer
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Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer
Exhibited during Caravan Salon Dusseldorf 2011 (27.08. - 04.09.2011) in Germany, the Sealander is expected to be priced around EUR15,000 (US$20,490)
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Exhibited during Caravan Salon Dusseldorf 2011 (27.08. - 04.09.2011) in Germany, the Sealander is expected to be priced around EUR15,000 (US$20,490)
Sealander is powered via a low emission 5hp electric motor which doubles as a source of energy for on-board devices
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Sealander is powered via a low emission 5hp electric motor which doubles as a source of energy for on-board devices
Sealander's colors and inside materials can be also customized at a customer's request
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Sealander's colors and inside materials can be also customized at a customer's request
Its shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic
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Its shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic
Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
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Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
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Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
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Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
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Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
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Sealander is a unique vehicle that combines features of an electric motor-powered boat and a camping trailer
Its shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic, with double bottom to prevent sinking in case of a leakage
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Its shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic, with double bottom to prevent sinking in case of a leakage
The floating trailer measures 389 cm (12.8ft) of overall length, 160 cm (5.25ft) of width, 185 cm (6ft) of height and 156 x 200 cm (5.1 x 6.56 ft) of the inside area, while the trailer weighs 380 kg (837.7lbs)
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The floating trailer measures 389 cm (12.8ft) of overall length, 160 cm (5.25ft) of width, 185 cm (6ft) of height and 156 x 200 cm (5.1 x 6.56 ft) of the inside area, while the trailer weighs 380 kg (837.7lbs)
Sealander doesn't require any special license to tow it, neither to sail it in Germany
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Sealander doesn't require any special license to tow it, neither to sail it in Germany
Sealander's prototype has been built and successfully tested on the road and on the water
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Sealander's prototype has been built and successfully tested on the road and on the water
As a standard it will feature cooking-washing module, a cooler, heater, table and two benches that can be converted to enlarge the deck area
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As a standard it will feature cooking-washing module, a cooler, heater, table and two benches that can be converted to enlarge the deck area
Sealander doesn't require any special license to tow it, neither to sail it in Germany
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Sealander doesn't require any special license to tow it, neither to sail it in Germany
Its shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic, with double bottom to prevent sinking in case of a leakage
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Its shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic, with double bottom to prevent sinking in case of a leakage
Sealander doesn't require any special license to tow it, neither to sail it in Germany
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Sealander doesn't require any special license to tow it, neither to sail it in Germany
Its shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic, with double bottom to prevent sinking in case of a leakage
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Its shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic, with double bottom to prevent sinking in case of a leakage
Featuring a removable roof, Sealander's interior will come customizable through a number of modules
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Featuring a removable roof, Sealander's interior will come customizable through a number of modules
Featuring a removable roof, Sealander's interior will come customizable through a number of modules
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Featuring a removable roof, Sealander's interior will come customizable through a number of modules
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Designed and built by a German-based industrial designer Daniel Straub, Sealander is a clever two-in-one vehicle that combines features of an electric power boat and a camping trailer. And it's not just a blue-sky concept - a prototype has been built and successfully tested on the road and on the water and Sealander is now reportedly being prepared for production.

Not surprisingly, Sealander isn't built for a trans-Atlantic crossings - as a boat it's designed with very little draft allowing it to be navigated on shallow waters and launched from just a small patch of clear shoreline.

Sealander's shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic with a double bottom to prevent sinking in case of a leakage. Power is via a 5 hp electric motor which doubles as a source of energy for on-board devices.

Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer
Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer

Along with a removable roof, Sealander will come customizable through a number of modules to choose from. As a standard it will feature cooking-washing module, a cooler, heater, table and two benches that can be converted to enlarge the deck area, while a Porta Potty-style toilet will be optional. Colors and inside materials can be also customized on request.

The floating trailer measures 389 cm (12.8ft) in length, is 160 cm (5.25 ft) wide and 185 cm (6 ft) high. It's inside area of 156 x 200 cm (5.1 x 6.56 ft) of the inside area and it weighs 380 kg (838 lbs).

According to the product page, Sealander doesn't require any special license to tow it, or to sail it in Germany.

Shown this year at Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, the Sealander is expected to be priced around EUR15,000 (US$20,500) with shipping slated to begin in early 2012.

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17 comments
robinyatesuk2003
this amphibious trailer is surely a joke ? The price alone is enough to make a sailor a landlubber
Bill Bennett
blub, blub, that sinking sound when you are five km off shore headed towards a waterfall with a slimy rock shore, mr. boulder meet mr. sealander, blub
Michael Mantion
When you go to sell it in the US let me know, I will be glad to test it out for you.. Hell I will live in it for a year if you want.
Robinyatesuk, its a bit pricey but its a really good idea. I would love to drive off this weekend and just drop that in the first lake I saw.
Alien
Neither fish nor fowl, here is one ugly duckling that will never grow up into a beautiful swan.
With so much freeboard, a gust of wind on the water will send it for miles and with a 5hp electric motor, in all probability the battery will expire before it can be sailed back. This will create plenty of work for the rescue people.
The amphibious caravan is a nice concept but I fear the execution has resulted in a non-goer!
David Tobin
I think I will spend my money on a nice looking cabin cruiser, with a trailer, in which I can sleep on land or the water.
Slowburn
Just the thing to tow behind your amphibious car.
William H Lanteigne
I second the notion of a regular trailerable overnight boat (I\'m thinking houseboat). Trailers aren\'t all that expensive. And why couldn\'t it use a 5-10 hp gas outboard for better range?
Mike Hallett
This has been done before, in the UK back in the 1960\'s. It didn\'t meet with much success then, so I would be interested to know what has changed, electric propulsion not withstanding.
http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=44791
Mr Stiffy
It would be better if it had fast shaped pontoons under neath....
A bobbing box isn\'t much good.
S Michael
Is this an early April fools joke. You gotta be kidding. Won\'t sell here in the US. Most likely in violations of many state and local laws.