There's a vehicle for you if you have reoccurring nightmares about uncertain river crossings in the classic computer game Oregon Trail. The Iguana 29 is an amphibious vehicle designed to slowly go where no boat has gone before.

At the push of a button, the craft can lower two tank treads to pull itself across land at around five miles per hour, or about a quarter of the speed of the average automotive journalist shuffling his way to an open bar. So, it's not quick, but the machine could be incredibly useful in areas with exaggerated tides where docking your craft can be a hassle. The Iguana 29 simply allows owners to drive their boat up onto the beach, safe and sound.

With the treads stowed on open water, the Iguana 29 is good for a top speed of 35 knots, which is a far cry quicker than its land capability. How much will you have to pay for such a fine piece of engineering? Try $290,000. On second thought, we've never been much bothered by tides, exaggerated or not. Hit the jump to check out a video of the Iguana 29 in action.



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      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a giant mechanical &%#$
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      are there really that many situations you would need something like this? Maybe when you have a group of REALLY old tourists that only will get on board if it is on dry land ?
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        I can think of a million. I can't count how many times I have wanted to launch my boat when there was no ramp in sight or the ramp owner wants $10 to put in and $10 to pull out. Imagine you own a beach front home. This could be the difference between boating right from your home or having to first drive to the marina where you pay monthly docking fees. I think it's awesome.
      Maverick
      • 3 Years Ago
      For that kind of money I bet you could get at least one WW2 Duck. And that would have way more character, plus is actually useable on land.
      jvshenderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I generally don't care about aesthetic boat design nearly as much as I do about car design. If it floats, goes fast, and has cup holders, its fine by me... Usually... But this thing is ugly as hell! It would look kinda cool in a battleship way if it wasn't so orange. I can't imagine anyone paying $300,000 for something that looks like this...
      Ronzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      That guy looks like he's enjoying himself while having his teeth shaken loose on the way up the shore... no. thank. you.
      Alonzo Alex Clark
      • 3 Years Ago
      somebody was getting tried of towing and lanching his boat .... but this is a cool idea ... expensive but it's a boat/tank or a tank/boat you get ur money out of it and you get the added aspect of freaking people out when you come on to shore
      fly by wireless
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's pretty clever and simple. Only practical if you live/stay near the beach/slip. Otherwise you may need a special trailer. I can see more robust versions of this being built and probably (as always) the military being interested in something like it.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chick in the lead photo looks like she's riding a giant phallus.
      jeremie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Price aside, it's pretty neat. A few things though. In the video it never seems to reach the reach 35 knots. Also it looks to be too heavy in the stern, like it doesn't get up on a full plane. How would it perform with more than two people on it? If you did want to trailer it you would need a flatbed trailer or some custom job.
      HustlinFlip
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pointless.
      drewpy
      • 3 Years Ago
      i kept wondering why as i was reading, guess i'm not the only one....this thing is ridiculous.
      TrippulG3
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the craft can lower two tank treads to pull itself across land at around five miles per hour, or about a quarter of the speed of the average automotive journalist shuffling his way to an open bar." How many people do you know who shuffle to a bar at 20mph?
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