Save on Bridge Tolls With an Inflatable Ferry Strong Enough to Support a Car

Illustration for article titled Save on Bridge Tolls With an Inflatable Ferry Strong Enough to Support a Car

Are you outraged at companies charging you to cross the bridge they spent millions of dollars building? The nerve of the!. The next time your trip from point A to point B involves a river crossing, just toss one of these $10,000 inflatable car ferries in your trunk and save yourself a few bucks.

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Illustration for article titled Save on Bridge Tolls With an Inflatable Ferry Strong Enough to Support a Car

The Ferryboat, built by a Slovenia-based company called Hovercraft that doesn’t appear to make anything that hovers, weighs just over 660 pounds when deflated. It might not be the best fit for a compact car, but pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans should have no problem accommodating it.

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What you lose in passenger space and cargo capacity, though, you gain in the ability to cross large bodies of water without having to pay “the man” a single cent. You will have to pay Hovercraft anywhere between $6,800 to $10,600 depending on the size of ferry you want, but in the very long run you’ll certainly end up saving money by avoid bridge tools.

The ferry takes about five minutes to inflate with an electric pump that can actually be solar-powered to help save you even more money. When fully assembled and inflated the Ferryboat can support loads of upwards of 11,000 pounds, and it’s rigid enough to transport a medium-sized vehicle as long as the waters you’re crossing aren’t too choppy.

Illustration for article titled Save on Bridge Tolls With an Inflatable Ferry Strong Enough to Support a Car

If this sounds like the perfect addition to your morning commute, you’ll have to wait until sometime next year for the first models to ship. Until then, you’re unfortunately at the mercy of exorbitant bridge and tunnel tolls.

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[Hovercraft via Gizmag]

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platypus222
Platypus Man

a Slovenia-based company called Hovercraft that doesn’t appear to make anything that hovers

Well surely that was an inevitablity after they started calling those auto-balancing skateboards “hoverboards.” Nothing means anything anymore, I guess.

But yeah, this is a great example of an invention that can work very well and exactly as designed, but that just doesn’t have an appreciable market.