Friday, August 10, 2012

More from the canals of Amsterdam

Well, this initially appeared to be somewhat alarming. In fact it still looked alarming as it was making its way along the canals. There seems to be some defying of the laws of physics. Surely it must turn turtle.

There is also one in Rotterdam and one in Budapest, both of which make better splashes, but Amsterdam's looks the most un boat like.

14 comments:

  1. Colin7:54 am

    Certainly makes you look twice!
    I am sure I have seen videos of similar looking "vehicles/boats" here in Australia, but can't recall where????
    But this Dutch model certainly does upstage them. Did you take a ride?

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  2. No, we sailed in something a little more conventional. There is a lot of competition for tourists for canal boat trips and it was very cheap.

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  3. Occasionally one sees people attempting a similar trick when reversing boats and cars down local launching ramps.

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  4. FC, might you have seen a You Tube clip of such? I certainly have.

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  5. Hello Andrew:
    We have only seen the one here on land, so to speak. The waters of the Danube are very deep and we should not care to risk it. But many tourists do!!

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  6. JayLa, I suppose their track record is good, so little to fear. I think I would judge which to use by the pollutions levels of the body of water.

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  7. No image has shown up on my screen, so I'll reserve my comment for when it finally decides to show itself.

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  8. River, it might be because your connection is a bit slow. Here is a link to the clip. http://youtu.be/p3wVaFNNC1s

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  9. I would love to see this Andrew..note the operative word here is SEE, there's no way my epitaph is going to read 'drowned by bus' haha!
    p.s. I had no luck with Tim Jackson either, perhaps it's 'urban legend'!!

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  10. Imagine it coming up the Swan River, Grace. Victor was wrong to tease us like that and no link.

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  11. I'd be spitting chips if my seat was alongside the 'Floating Dutchman' sign and my view out the window was obscured by it.

    The Tim Jackson 'excitement' did happen and was mentioned with amusement in the media at the time but it looks like any video evidence is well locked away.

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  12. Victor, it is probably like advertising on the side of public transport. Your view is hampered but you can still see. Like sitting behind a pole in the theatre, the seat should be discounted.

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  13. This company picks up its passengers at Schiphol Airport, they have to switch planes but still have time to burn in between. The airport is just 30 km from the city centre and the trip is only offered when the're no traffic jams.

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  14. Interesting Peter. So you can't do it from Amsterdam itself, only from the airport. Not a bad way to kill some stopover time.

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