A Rare Trip On The Floating Train Yard Of Hudson Harbor

The only two options that freight trains have for accessing the east side of the Hudson River are to cross a bridge in Albany—140 painstaking miles North of New York City—or to ride a rail barge across the Hudson through the highly efficient marine-rail operation run by NYNJ Rail in Jersey City. » 4/06/14 1:00pm 4/06/14 1:00pm

These Insane Boats Can Go 50MPH in Just Four Inches of Water

Say you're a member of a search and rescue team. You get an alert that a kid is missing somewhere out there in your waterways, but the record-setting drought this year has left your rivers and streams impossibly shallow. Whatever. As long as you have four inches of water, you're golden. » 3/20/14 3:20pm 3/20/14 3:20pm

A Floating Arctic City Fueled By Eating Icebergs

With glaciers firing off more icebergs into the Atlantic than ever before, it shouldn't be surprising that people are envisioning futures that make the most of the dystopian realities a climate-changed world could bring. Cities that float around the arctic while eating icebergs are another one of those futures. » 3/03/14 6:40pm 3/03/14 6:40pm

A Hovercraft That Isn't Afraid of Giant Waves

In order to float across land and water, the giant air-trapping skirt around the base of a hovercraft needs to keep a tight seal at all times. Were it to tackle giant waves, it would get tossed about just like a boat, but unlike a boat it would tend to sink—because that cushion of air would be gone. But an improved… » 2/13/14 9:20am 2/13/14 9:20am

A Modular Boat You Can Reconfigure For Work or Play

You want a fishing boat, but the rest of your family wants a cabin cruiser. It's a problem that's been plaguing well-off families who can't afford both for years. Thankfully, Italian boat builder Azure Embark has found a solution with its Ethos E30 that features a modular design that can be reconfigured for different… » 2/10/14 9:33am 2/10/14 9:33am

6 Jaw-Dropping Superyachts Designed by Architects

Generally speaking, architects are brilliant and creative people with a wide range of talents. That sort of versatility is part of what makes them good architects in the first place. But let's be honest. Just because some people are good at a lot of things does not mean they're good at everything. Take yachts, for… » 1/03/14 9:30am 1/03/14 9:30am

Power Your Origami Paper Boat With This Tiny Outboard Motor

Kids today demand more from their toys, since mobile devices have freed them from the burdens of imagination. So if you were thinking of introducing your kids to the DIY joys of origami, the wonders of seeing a paper boat actually float won't be enough. You'll also need this tiny outboard motor so it can cruise around… » 12/11/13 6:00pm 12/11/13 6:00pm

This Is What Google's Barge Should Eventually Look Like

While Google is still encouraging mystery about what will lurk within its barge, documents unearthed by the San Francisco Chronicle seem to suggest that its outside will end up rather more striking than at present. » 11/08/13 3:39am 11/08/13 3:39am

Don't Worry About This Kayak Flipping: It Transforms Into a Submarine

The long sleek body of a kayak makes it highly efficient at slicing through the water, but for unexperienced paddlers it also makes it easier to flip than a canoe. And that can be a terrifying experience, unless you're on the water in Olivier Feuillette's Subo which transforms from a kayak to a fully sealed submarine… » 10/30/13 1:20pm 10/30/13 1:20pm

A Tiny Luxury Cruise Ship You Might Actually Be Able To Afford

You'll still be a laughing stock if you try and dock amongst the obnoxiously monstrous private yachts in Monaco, but if you've always dreamed of cruising the lakes and rivers in something a little more glamorous than a canoe, the Jet Capsule will easily fill that role. And presumably at a price tag that won't leave you … » 10/29/13 3:20pm 10/29/13 3:20pm

Hackers Figured Out How to Hijack Shipping Vessel Tracking Systems

A team of white hat hackers recently figured out how to break into the navigation technology used to track 400,000 shipping vessels worldwide. With this kind of access they could hypothetically make it appear as if a fleet of mystery ships was about to invade New York City. This is not good. » 10/18/13 10:20am 10/18/13 10:20am

This Massive Cargo Ship Will Harness the Wind With Its Hull

It doesn't matter how efficient we make their engines or how many solar panels we install on their decks, the world's largest cargo ships—those water-bound leviathans on which international trade depends—will require massive amounts of fuel for the foreseeable future. However, this conceptual super-carrier could… » 10/02/13 11:30am 10/02/13 11:30am