Sealander amphibious camping trailer gears up for production


September 12, 2011

Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer

Designed for inland waters only, Sealander comes in the form of a compact and lightweight trailer

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Designed and built by a German-based industrial designer Daniel Straub, Sealander is a clever two-in-one vehicle that combines features of an electric power boat and a camping trailer. And it's not just a blue-sky concept - a prototype has been built and successfully tested on the road and on the water and Sealander is now reportedly being prepared for production.

Not surprisingly, Sealander isn't built for a trans-Atlantic crossings - as a boat it's designed with very little draft allowing it to be navigated on shallow waters and launched from just a small patch of clear shoreline.

Sealander's shell is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic with a double bottom to prevent sinking in case of a leakage. Power is via a 5 hp electric motor which doubles as a source of energy for on-board devices.

Along with a removable roof, Sealander will come customizable through a number of modules to choose from. As a standard it will feature cooking-washing module, a cooler, heater, table and two benches that can be converted to enlarge the deck area, while a Porta Potty-style toilet will be optional. Colors and inside materials can be also customized on request.

The floating trailer measures 389 cm (12.8ft) in length, is 160 cm (5.25 ft) wide and 185 cm (6 ft) high. It's inside area of 156 x 200 cm (5.1 x 6.56 ft) of the inside area and it weighs 380 kg (838 lbs).

According to the product page, Sealander doesn't require any special license to tow it, or to sail it in Germany.

Shown this year at Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, the Sealander is expected to be priced around EUR15,000 (US$20,500) with shipping slated to begin in early 2012.


Right Onn stiffy!

Walt Stawicki

this amphibious trailer is surely a joke ? The price alone is enough to make a sailor a landlubber


blub, blub, that sinking sound when you are five km off shore headed towards a waterfall with a slimy rock shore, mr. boulder meet mr. sealander, blub

Bill Bennett

When you go to sell it in the US let me know, I will be glad to test it out for you.. Hell I will live in it for a year if you want.

Robinyatesuk, its a bit pricey but its a really good idea. I would love to drive off this weekend and just drop that in the first lake I saw.

Michael Mantion

Neither fish nor fowl, here is one ugly duckling that will never grow up into a beautiful swan.

With so much freeboard, a gust of wind on the water will send it for miles and with a 5hp electric motor, in all probability the battery will expire before it can be sailed back. This will create plenty of work for the rescue people.

The amphibious caravan is a nice concept but I fear the execution has resulted in a non-goer!


I think I will spend my money on a nice looking cabin cruiser, with a trailer, in which I can sleep on land or the water.

David Tobin

Just the thing to tow behind your amphibious car.


This has been done before, in the UK back in the 1960\'s. It didn\'t meet with much success then, so I would be interested to know what has changed, electric propulsion not withstanding.

Mike Hallett

I second the notion of a regular trailerable overnight boat (I\'m thinking houseboat). Trailers aren\'t all that expensive. And why couldn\'t it use a 5-10 hp gas outboard for better range?

William Lanteigne

It would be better if it had fast shaped pontoons under neath....

A bobbing box isn\'t much good.

Mr Stiffy

Is this an early April fools joke. You gotta be kidding. Won\'t sell here in the US. Most likely in violations of many state and local laws.

S Michael

Look at this one, slides right off the frame so no bother with getting water into the wheel bearings, or drag from the wheels.

Gregg Eshelman

Boat trailer bearings get wet already. It\'s for inland use only-read \"lakes\",mainly small ones.

Price? How much are campers this size already? How much more is the boat and how will both be pulled with today\'s smaller vehicles?

Do any of you guys on these comments actually build or produce anything or do you just sit around all day criticizing?

As an American, I must say that I see more forward thinking coming from other countries now than from America.

Where\'d all the American Ingenuity go to?

This is ready for production- not just some pie-in-the-sky computer picture.

All the best to you- I hope you sell a million of them!


Snark aside I agree with David Richard Tobin.


Esto existe desde 1972 en Argentina, tal vez desde antes, buscar, Casa rodante Boyita, se ofrece usada en 4500 dolares.

(It exists since 1972 in Argentina, perhaps earlier, search, Boyita Motorhome, offers used in 4500 dollars.)


Nice idea

Germano Pecoraro
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