Dobbertin Surface Orbiter: Stainless Steel Amphibious Vehicle/Boat

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Not as crazy as it would appear. This resourceful fellow made his out of a milk transport tank.”

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

5 Responses to Dobbertin Surface Orbiter: Stainless Steel Amphibious Vehicle/Boat

  1. I saw this parked at the Petersen Auto Museum in LA a couple of years ago. Not sure if it is in their collection, or it was just visiting.


  2. I remember seeing the morning show when he was interviewed and when it was first launched… I had lost track of it and then caught up with it again when it was sold….

    I was hoping he would build a second one, using the same ideas, but he went on to do another amphibious car instead.

    I always wished I had the time, money and skill to do something similar to that but…. have found a compromise… hoping to modify a minivan with a raised roof, and lowered floor, which would give me the interior space I want and tow a small cargo trailer behind…

    It will be no where near the level or capabilities of the Earth Trek (Surface Orbiter) but would be more than adequate to do some loops around the US.

    If and when I finish it, I would like to consider doing another with an electric conversion…. possibly solar panels on the roof and/or cargo trailers roof to extend the range a little or for use in long term stays in more remote locations…

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