By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / Director: Theonomics
Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote
Editor: James Thorne
In the summer of 2016, Theon Parseghian used a derelict 1967 houseboat and a crop-sprayer tractor to engineer a practical vehicle that operates efficiently on both land and water.
Theon, who spent $10,000 bringing his project to life, originally built the vehicle because he thought it would be “cool” to do so, but since then more than 500 people turned up to witness its launch at an event in Aurora, New York.
Theon, 29, said: “I bought this houseboat because it was cool and local, and I knew I wanted to do something with it.
“I didn’t plan on converting it until maybe a year later. I was just brainstorming with a friend and we came up with the idea to put wheels on it and make it amphibious.
“And then yeah 500 people showed up for this event recently and I’m there with a boat which may or may not float!
“It was a little nerve wracking to say the least. But we got through it. Everything went really well and it was a perfect day. So yeah, the perfect launch really.”
It took Theon and his team at Theonomics around six months of consistent labour to finish the project.
Theon admits the construction was never concerned with speed – it was all about making sure the vehicle could drive on the roads and float in the water.
Because of the old condition of the tractor, the vehicle’s top speed on the road rarely goes above 20mph with a horsepower of 210, and in the water it can achieve around five to eight miles per hour.
Theon now keeps the houseboat parked up on his driveway.
“The biggest challenge was just the size of the thing,” he said.
“It’s amazing to see how people are totally enthusiastic about this project because I literally built the whole thing in the driveway.
“I’m definitely planning at least one more amphibious vehicle because of this success – I’ve already got most of the parts for the build so I’ll be doing that soon.”