I hate myself for loving this fancy VW bus pontoon boat
Vanlife is a fantasy that I can never fully catch up on. Taking my home with me on a new daily adventure across the United States sounds like fun. Cooking, working and sleeping in a van does not.
However, what if you put that same van on the water? We are talking now!
Italian independent car designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini has announced a new wave of products called “resto-floats” (or restored floats) from Floating Motors, in which he starts with a classic car design, the fiberglass or fiber clone. of carbon, and modernizes it with a floating hull and gasoline or electric engines. Basically it turns classic cars into fully functional modern boats, suitable for having fun on lakes and small bodies of water (you probably wouldn’t want to take one in the open sea).
The idea is a bit absurd. Why not… just buy a boat? Why… take a car and turn it into a boat that will probably never be as good as a real boat? I understand. My mind tells me. But my heart keeps opening renders of his VW bus model. Equipped with two carbon fiber pontoons and a wrap-around deck, can’t you imagine it’s parked 100 feet from the pier? Maybe you go up to the roof, which has been modernized with a wooden deck for sunbathing? And maybe when you’re hot from all that sunbathing, you scream “cannonball!” And jump into the water like from an elevated diving platform? Everybody laughs. You are so spontaneous!
Then, of course, you come back wet. I’m not sure I want you to get in my van and drip on this interior! But then I see that the interior appears to be mostly waterproof, minus the plush seats of the original. OK, now you come home. Do you want to have lunch? Great, there is a small stove here.
Anyway, Lazzarini has not yet built any of its resto-floats. If you’re willing to help him get the project off the ground with a major investment, he sells a cute two-seater “La Dolce” convertible for $ 35,000 to start his business. The VW bus is not yet on presale, but based on the price of other vehicles on its site, don’t be surprised if it costs at least $ 200,000, with a five-figure down payment to secure your order. Other models include a Mini (complete with a full British Flag paint job) and what I believe to be a spin on a 1950s Ferrari or Jaguar. But Lazzarini will also deliver American muscle with a floating Dodge Charger from the 1950s. 1970s.
Lazzarini is asking for a huge investment to be handed over to his totally unproven startup. But it is not unreasonable. Truth be told, replicating the body of a vintage vehicle, filling it with a high quality fit and finish, then adding upgrades to make it seaworthy, will be a remarkably laborious process. And your #vanlife Instagram feed will get a lot of new followers, assuming your new ship actually ships.