Torn between #vanlife and #boatlife? Now you can have both.
In the era of adventurous travel, it isn’t uncommon to pass up luxe hotels in favor of decked-out Airstreams or charming sailboats for your vacation stays. If you’re keen on either, you’ve likely pondered the possibility of investing in one or the other for all your travel needs.
Good news: You don’t have to choose. A company out of Germany has dreamt up a hybrid camper-houseboat that allows you to tour the coastline from two different vantage points. Meet the Sealander: an amphibious, towable vehicle that combines a trailer, caravan, and yacht in one.
The sleek-lined floating pod consists of a one-piece hull made of glass fiber-reinforced plastic, a material that’s both stable and lightweight (and able to be towed by even a mid-sized vehicle like a Subaru Outback). When users are ready to transform the vehicle from a terrestrial to a floating one, an outboard motor is fastened to the stern, which allows the boat to travel at a modest speed of 5 miles per hour.
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Inside the Sealander, a collapsible dining table divides two leather-cushioned benches; together, the whole setup can be converted into a bed. Up top, a foldaway polyester roof keeps the interiors light and breezy, whether you’re sharing cocktails with friends or sleeping under the starry skies.
While adventurers can get into a base model for a reasonable $19,600, we have a feeling you’ll want a few of the upgrades, which include a shower and toilet, cooktop, fridge, barbecue, and sound system.
And those who prefer something a little roomier, you’re in luck: A new 30-foot-long CaravanBoat offers all the amenities of the Sealander with a little more space, including a separate kitchen and living area, closet, and sleeping space for four. (Prices for this one start at $67k.)
We think we’ve found our new favorite kind of glamping.