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Sep212007

Closer Than We Think! Poor Man's Yacht (1958)

The July 20, 1958 Chicago Tribune ran this Closer Than We Think! strip. Not only will every family of the future have their own yacht, it will be powered by the family car!


The luxury of yachting may be within the reach of almost everyone in the world of tomorrow.

Mass production of low-cost plastic hulls will be made possible by the use of guns that spray the plastic, similar to the "Fiber-Resin Depositor" as conceived by the Rand Development Corporation.

The family car will be used for motive power. When the yachtsman of the future drives his auto into the cradle of his new marine creation the engine will be in place. The rear wheels will rest on a roller linked to the propeller. The driver will put the car in gear, step on the accelerator, and presto - he'll be yachting.

See also:
Closer Than We Think! (1958-1963)
Amphibian Monorail (Popular Science, 1934)

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    The thought of retch people make the thing according to their need. The issue of aero plane attests many one which was just witch in history. The modern time made much more development in science and the usage of things for accurate working.

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In the past, at least the wackos thinked of the poor man; right now nobody does :-)

September 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterrunnerfrog

Paleo-future thinking coincided with a social-democratic era in American politics and culture (from tne New Deal through the end of Jimmy Carter's presidency). For example, Buckminster Fuller talked about using something called "design science" to provide for the material needs of "100 percent of humanity." Who talks about doing that now? Tribalistic and Screw-you-I've-got-mine thinking has replaced the social idealism of the paleo-future.

September 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark Plus

Yeah, that's efficient -- gasoline, combusted to mechanical energy, transferred through a transmission, transferred through rubber tires and rollers, transferred (presumably) through yet another transmission or gearing... all while adding 2000 to 4000 additional pounds that need to be floated and moved about with the boat!

And what fun, to be "yachting" from the driver's seat of your car. Might as well just ramp up the soma and stay at home.

September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

The link doesn't seem to be working; I get the file name, not the image.

September 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBuzz

The link to the photos is definitely not working. Could you repost so we can see the larger version in detail?

Thanks,
JP

September 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

It's hard to see how this scheme could be made cheaper (especially in total-cost-of-ownership) than the price of an outboard motor. But maybe that's just me talking with 21st-century hindsight.

September 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Was everyone in the 60s a compulsive liar? I want my jet-pack darn-it!

January 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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