Anton Chigurh writes:
Defiant tricolour, Weehawken Cove, Hoboken, New Jersey…
A very pleasing 4K time-lapse (only recently made available due to initial ‘restrictions’) of a boat traversing the canals, locks and bridges of the Netherlands from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in 2013.
Behold: the “Zip Fastener Ship’ a sleek silver vessel created in 2004 by Japanese artist Yasuhiro Suzuki parting the surface of Tokyo’s Sumida River. The launch, inspired by a view of the river from a plane flying overhead, has been an annual event since 2018. Suzuki sez of it:
The undertow of the boat, which travels back and forth between Azuma-bashi Bridge and Sakura-bashi Bridge, opened up the water like a zipper to connect the other side of the river. (I hoped) that it would change the way we look at the city landscape.
Behold: the Zeltrini Z-Triton: part houseboat, part micro camper, part electric tricycle.
Capable of a nippy 40km/h on land (given its bulk), the wheels retract and an onboard motor propels the houseboat up to 16 knots (30km/h) on water. Once afloat, electric cells power onboard lights and temperature control, with a 3.6m x 1.2m interior sleeping two in relative comfort.
The 2015 MTI Racing Boat: no ordinary racing boat.
Unless your idea of ordinary is a fully air-conditioned cockpit, a 40,000-watt ‘interior and exterior’ stereo, eight leather seats, video entertainment monitors and LED lighting.
Or the five-point restraints, escape hatches, and integrated roll cage necessitated by a terrifying 156 knot (290km/h, 180mph) top speed, achieved by the joint effort of two 1,350hp QC4V Mercury Racing engines.
In which case, it’s a fairly run of the mill speedboat.
Currently accepting bids.