12 Jun History of Amphibious Vehicles
For decades, innovators have worked on the most efficient transportation vehicles with no hesitation in sight. As materials and procedures change, the vehicles must change along with them to keep up with the higher standards. For offshore rigs, military defense purposes, or regular transportation, amphibious vehicles have been and continue to be extremely beneficial in providing transit help across both land and sea.
Following the popularization of the amphibious vehicle in the early 1900’s, there have been many notable uses for these vehicles depending on the design. For instance, one of the more popular looks, an armored, tracked vehicle, has been a feature for transportation in war settings since World War II. Outside of the battlefield, an unarmored, wheeled design can usually be found delivering materials or working construction sites along the coast. Some lighter boat models have even been used for recreation with amphibious buses giving tours around several cities such as the famous Duck Boat Tours in Boston. Out of these, however, none stand out quite like the marsh buggy.
Like other amphibious vehicles, marsh buggies serve as a multi-purpose transportation vehicle for both land and water. Otherwise known as the amphibious carrier, these vehicles mainly serve in carrying materials or people across locations, but their adaptable design allows for a wide range of modifications based on the job. While some are large with thick chains for construction efforts, others are smaller for simple surveying jobs. Regardless of the job, every form of this “marsh buggy” must also come with the ability navigate the swamp, especially in Louisiana. More often, though, they are used for soil boring, surveying, and transportation.
Though transportation may be the primary function of a marsh buggy, its innovation has led to the growth of multi-functional vehicles that offer even more services. An average marsh buggy can be fitted with nearly any accessory including but not limited to cranes, fuel tanks, heliports, drill rigs, and man lifts to help ease a heavy machinery job. In fact, some companies have begun selling different variations of these marsh buggies to provide a tailored-made machine ready for the job. Beyond that, professionals continue to push the boundaries by redesigning products to meet customer satisfaction.
Since 1969, Marsh Buggies, Inc. has worked in innovating the work of amphibious vehicles in Louisiana. With experienced professionals, the company has created multiple designs with various payload capabilities, ranging from 2000-22,000 lbs. of weight. Their most notable product, the marsh buggy, is readily available for purchase with a 15,000 lbs. winch and a 14’x16’ deck ready for customization.