If you like traveling but don’t like housework, living in a caravan is just the life. Especially if it acts as a boat as well. Ahoy!


Seen here in 1955 hitting the River Lea at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, Alan Eckford was an unrecognized genius. His amphibious caravan was so light that a car with just eight horsepower could tow it anywhere, and once you hit the water with it using the help of small team of three friendly individuals, anything from a 1.5 horsepower two-stroke to a 4 horsepower racing engine could turn it into the ultimate river cruiser.

But what if you could only afford a Mini, because it was the swinging sixties already and you spent all your money on sex, drugs and rock n roll? The answer comes from America, of all places.

Remember: If you go fishing in your fiberglass bathtub, it’s highly advisable to leave your Missus ashore, so she can prepare a fire by the time you get back.


If the American invention doesn’t seem like the real deal, behold a two-wheeled tribute to the British spirit of adaptability and the great and growing past time of messing about in caravans. After all, it’s 1968 already!

The ingenious Caraboat is all about launching parties and yohohos, with a 6.5 horsepower outboard motor and a bit of grease on your brake linings.

It’s time for a cup of tea then, with the addition of some smuggled rum.

Photo credit: The British Pathé

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