MINI Convertible boat cruises the Charles River
By Ben Coxworth
October 24, 2012
No, you can’t buy one. The MINI Convertible boat is the only one of its kind, and is in fact not even a true MINI. It is an actual boat, however, and you may see it sometime soon, should you be near a waterway in the eastern U.S.
The vehicle was the idea of the MINI USA Eastern Region office, and was part of the brand’s Not Normal Sales Event, in which regional staff and dealers were encouraged to come up with “not normal” ways of celebrating the MINI.
Pennsylvania-based ACI Composites built the vehicle, starting by taking a mold of a 2004 MINI Hardtop. A fiberglass convertible body was made from that mold, and mounted to a boat hull. MINI parts were then added, including headlights, taillights, grille, steering wheel, badges, wheels and tires. Power is provided by a 6-horsepower outboard motor.
The MINI Convertible boat made its on-the-water debut last weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the Head of the Charles Regatta – it was used by a regatta official to monitor the safety of the rowers, on the Charles River. Plans call for it to be used at other events in the region.
Source: MINI USA