Originally Posted by AndrewH
If you think windage in a rib is interesting you should try a floating bus
We used to have 2 amphibious buses in Monterey. They used the recreational boat ramp at Breakwater (where I normally launch), and, I think, a dock at Fisherman's Wharf (the Monterey wharf, not SF.)
Regular tour was, I think around the harbor, dockside at FW, out of the water at B/W, around Cannery Row, into the water at B/W, and start over.
I have been tied up when the thing goes in (they used to be very pushy about getting on the ramp; I've seen the thing cut trailers off to get in first); They'd occasionally drive in at about 25mph, creating one hell of a bow wave. Knocked at least one person off their boat (luckily, it was a diver, so he was already dressed for the dip...)
They apparently weren't making a lot of money, and were generating complaints on the water, and on land; eventually they closed the operation and moved away.
One of the buses ended up in Santa Barbara (don't know about the other one; may be there as well); pics of the thing attached.