Many of us use our RV’s for more than just a place to sleep and eat while traveling – we use them as a way to enjoy the outdoors.
Some of us spend time outdoors entertaining, relaxing, and cooking. Others bring ATV’s, boats, and expensive toys along.
It was only a matter of time before this passion for the outdoors started to take shape in all kind of crazy forms. For those of you who love the water, boating, or watersports, this is for you. It is possible that you have fought the struggle of whether to own a nice boat and small RV or a nice RV and a small boat at some point (we certainly have and tried both!). We recently were awestruck to find a hybrid RV boat out there that is customized to be both an RV and a traditional boat, called the “Boaterhome.”
Unlike a traditional boat, which wastes precious living space while suspended on a trailer, the boaterhome allows for full access to the living area as the boat seamlessly connects to the trailer/tow vehicle through the use of a hatch. This RV boat example is a 1987 Watercraft Sports King Boaterhome. It takes a cab from a 1986 Ford E-series and the rear consists of a 28 foot boat. There are apparently around 20 others out there like it, though this one certainly has the best looks.
As the video below will clearly show, the design is incredible. When the boaterhome is out of the water you really just think you are looking at another custom motorhome. But, back into the water and a few seconds later it is clear you are staring at an independent power boat that looks and performs the part while the Ford E series pulls away!
Out of the water you have a street legal RV that should be welcome in almost any campground or RV park. In the water you have a power boat that can make a great day out of any body of water.
Here’s a link to a story about another one that was sold on eBay.
3 thoughts on “Boaterhome: Don’t Get Stuck Choosing Between An RV Or Boat”
I have seen this RV/Boat in person in the late 80s at the Seattle boat show. The van conversion has a transfer case driving the front wheels only. Like a 4wd drive conversions but there is no drive shaft to the rear. The boat had an interior like a RV that could be accessed from the front window of the boat portion.
Not sure if it’s 4 wheel drive, but it sure did look a bit hairy there when he slammed the brakes to get the boat free.
The only issue I envision is getting back out of the water loaded as ramps are often so slippery. Is the truck all wheel drive? Having the back wheels in so far could spell trouble!
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