• Aug 21, 2008
Click above for gallery of Strand-Craft's Stingray speedboat

The '63 Corvette Stingray split-window coupe may not have been quite as aerodynamic as GM would have us believe, but it does remain one of the most iconic designs of all time. So iconic, in fact, that one shipyard is considering taking it to the water to see if the shape is seaworthy.

Bo Zolland of Sweden's Strand-Craft shirks the minimalist design of his home country's most prolific furniture chain with the most exquisitely designed and crafted teak-decked retro runabout ever to grace the surface of water, with a little Corvette flair thrown in for good measure. The blueprints call for a carbon-fiber hull and a big block engine with competition prop drives (we see two engines powering the one above). Strand-Craft is taking orders for an untold limited number of Stingray speedboats to be made on special order according to the customer's speficifications, and we have a feeling there might be some Corvette aficionados who'd be eager to bring their passion out of land-lock and out onto the open water.


[Source: Strand-Craft via All Cars, All the Time]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      ..but a nice design
      • 6 Years Ago
      What led to the autoblog ding on the Stingray aerodynamics? Is there some story I haven't heard?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Something to go with the Porsche Design Fearless:

      http://www.geekologie.com/2007/02/porsche_design_studios_first_b.php
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey,

      Just one thing I'd add to this story. Bo Zolland's firm is Vizual Tech

      http://www.viztech.se/engelsk/index.html

      Strand Craft is kind of like the "skunk works" where they can make Bo's visions come to life.

      I'm sorry, but I didn't really make that clear in my post on All Cars, All the Time. I think I was about three Seinfeld episodes and a beer or two into things when I wrote it.

      Bo's team has also designed an open version of this boat, but it understandably loses some of the styling cues that connect it to the Stingray.

      Cheers,

      rwcmick
      All Cars, All the Time
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if people on Autoblog know that boating is actually VERY important in Scandinavia. Each summer people will spend the bright, long days on the sea along the vast coastlines of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Not to mention the fjords of Norway!

      You know us Vikings have seawater in our blood ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im sorry but what is the point of an enclosed speed boat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Offshore racing speedboats are enclosed for speed and safety now (following about 15 years behind unlimited hydroplanes) and surely this is trying to look like one of those.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The point is so the rich bastards and their ladies won't mess up their expensive hair-dos.

        Duh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        TTops maybe?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it looks this good as a model I'm sure the real thing will be Hawt!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Most likely is 8.1L Mercruiser engines in it, them being GM and all. Take two 8.1s, couple of Whipplechargers, and you're set.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely gorgeous!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sure, it's gorgeous, I don't think many people will contest that.
      But, I agree with the first commenter. There really is no point in an enclosed speedboat (except for racing). And seriously... the engine is mounted midship on this, which best I can tell, will really throw off it's handling (most weigh in the middle, steering from the rear, it's gonna either be a slow turner, or flop back and forth wildly in the water at the speed it turns). Atleast that's how I see it.
      Anyways...
      Just a serious waste of money and Carbon Fibre.
      GR
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