By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85

A NAUTICAL fanatic has turned a once sunken boat into a road legal, drivable car

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Videographer / Director: Chris Watkins
Producer: Dan Howlett, Chloe Browne
Editor: Kyle Waters

Shipshape: Mark spent $10,000 on turning an old car and a sunken boat into his dream motor

Mark Ray designed and built his dream motor after his wife Robyn bet him that he could not do it.

Robyn, 49, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and felt that Mark needed a project to take his mind from being her full-time carer.

Ambitious project: Mark's wife Robyn bet him that he could not complete the build

He spent a total of £6,000 on merging a GMC Jimmy with a sunken and recovered Sea Ray Bow Rider.

After stripping the boat of its motor, out-drive and interior – including the floor – he built it into the car that had been taken apart and left with only its chassis, seats and motor.

Working hard: Mark started work on his boat car three years ago

The real estate agent said: “This was a bet that I just couldn’t turn down.

“I’ve always loved cars and my wife knew that – which is why she challenged me to make it.

High price: He has been offered $30,000 to sell the car

“It was a lot of work but it was completely worth it.

“Once everything was stripped I had to get to work on getting the two vehicles together and making it street legal.

Family heirloom: Mark refuses to sell the car and will pass it down to his children

“I had to put head lights, tail lights, turn signals, a windshield, horn, seatbelts, side-view mirrors and a rear-view mirror.

“I could still take it on to water if I wanted to but unfortunately it would sink.”

Street legal: Most of the nautical extras are merely for show

Mark, 56, built the car around three years ago and loves to take it for a spin around his native city of Atlanta, Georgia.

“I get mobbed wherever I go,” added Mark.

Not practical: The boat car has little space for grocery bags

“People love it – I always get people doing a double take whenever I’m on the highway, it’s great.

“It’s not the most practical car in the world but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Road worthy: It was fit with all the legal requirements to drive on the road

“Somebody tried to buy it from me for £19,500 ($30,000) but I turned them down flat.

“My four children would not be happy if I parted with the boat car.

Worth it: Mark claims it was hard work making the boat car but says that he loved every minute

“I’ll be passing it on to them when I’m gone.”

 Now Mark has his sights firmly set on a much more ambitious project.

Family affair: Mark's four children love going out in the boat car

“The next thing I’m working on is a plane car,” added Mark.

“It will be tough but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to fuse a plane and a car together by the end of summer.

What next: Mark is now planning on making a street legal plane car

“If people got a kick out of the boat car then they’re certainly going to love this.”