Over 70 percent of our planet's surface is covered in water, which means only a quarter is meant for vehicles with wheels. If you're into motorhome life, that means the places you can go are limited compared to what the Earth has to offer.
But why stop at a remote camping site when you can do so in the same motorhome? That's the idea of the Caracat 860 – a caravan catamaran that's a brainchild of the German company called Schneider Caravaning. It joins the population of small boats/camper vehicles out there, redefining the meaning of exploration.
Gallery: Caracat 860 Floating Caravan
Live Images Photo Credit: CC Weiss / New Atlas
As an electric boat and a trailer rolled into one, the Caracat lets you camp on both land and water. It comes in three sizes, from 6.6 metres to 8.6 m.
On land, the Caracat needs to be towed by a truck or an SUV (photos show a Mercedes-Benz G-Class) but on water, it can propel on its own through an 8-15 bhp Torqeedo electric or petrol-powered motor. An upgrade to a more powerful electric motor or a diesel engine is available. Onboard power comes from batteries with chargers, but can be extended using a Tomatech 200 Watt solar panel.
According to New Atlas, the Caravan starts at €130,000 for the smallest model.
That money gets you a posh interior with leather and Alcantara trims plus a teak floor. The floor plan includes a toilet and bath, kitchen, and sofa lounges that convert into sleeping areas. There's also a pop-up sleeper roof, offering a total package that sleeps up to six people.
To enjoy the open waters, the Caracat also has a small balcony at the bow and an aft deck. There's also a sundeck lounge on top that comes with a deployable canopy.