If you attend the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend, a two-mile crew race that attracts over 9000 elite rowers, keep your eyes peeled for an unusual safety vessel: a floating Mini Cooper convertible. The boat-car was created specifically for Mini as a promotional tool for the HOCR event.
The Mini boat is actually a fiberglass mold of a real-world Mini convertible, placed atop a boat with a 6-hp outboard engine. The boat-car is painted in Mini Chili Red and most of its components are cribbed directly from a real Mini, including the headlights, taillights, steering wheel, badges, and wheels.
At this weekend’s two-day crew competition, the boat will be used to monitor the safety and progress of rowers along the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. After that, Mini plans to use the convertible boat at other promotional events in the future. Look out for it motoring down a river near you!
Although the idea of a floating Mini convertible is surprising, it isn’t a totally new idea. Mini previously showed off the Yachtsman as an April Fools’ joke ahead of this year’s New York auto show. According to Mini, the Yachtsman would have cost $236,000 and was capable of traveling at up to 61 knots on water. Upgrades compared to standard road-going Minis included waterproof seats, a big snorkel, a silver rudder, and a special “shark-resistant” undercoating.