Here is something that might just catch your eye sometime soon on an South Carolina lake or even the intercostal waterway, an aquatic car. Unlike the $300,000 Aquada piloted across the English Channel by Sir Richard Branson, the"Hydra-Spyder will be more affordable (base price is 155k) and mass produced. The amphibious auto is being built in an unlikely looking South Carolina factory off of I-95 near Bluffton. Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International LLC founder John Giljam is excited about its prospects.
Giljam tingles at the idea of anglers taking their cars out on lakes for a day of fishing; of rush-hour commuters bypassing congestion by taking a river as an alternate route; of water-skiers bouncing along in the wake of a speedboat with four wheels.
No word yet if a casting deck is an option for the fly angler. If you decide to purchase one, you should be prepared for some stares:
One afternoon, moments after rolling the Hydra Spyder smoothly off a dock in Bluffton, South Carolina, John Giljam remembers how "a lady came running pell-mell down the dock, screaming: 'Don't worry! We've called 911! The fire department is on its way!"'
If a sport car is not your speed, perhaps they could interest you in a floating bus?
Here is a link to the CNN.Com / Associated Press article (Photo Courtesy of Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International LLC)