Dave March, founder of WaterCar, Inc., has been building cars & boats since 1976 when he opened his collision repair facility in Fountain Valley, California. Since then, he has repaired and re-built thousands of vehicles at his facility, Fountain Valley Body Works, which is now one of the largest and most highly respected collision repair facilities in the industry.
In the late 1990’s, Dave March noticed that a number of design specifications between cars and boats were being shared. Boat manufactures were using lightweight high-performance automotive-type engines. Car manufacturers were incorporating light-weight marine-type composite and alloy bodies and chassis. Additionally, automotive manufacturers were using materials specially manufactured to be extremely corrosion resistant. This gave Dave the idea of developing high-performance cars that could be driven on the water, and WaterCar, Inc. was born.
Dave’s vision was to see high-performance cars that were also high-performance boats. But he was not interested in previous amphibious vehicles that just float around. He was interested in designing a high-performance automobile capable of getting to plane on top of the water. His expectation was to reach freeway speeds in the water! His task was to incorporate the very latest materials and components into the optimum design for an amphibious vehicle.
HIGH-SPEED PERFORMANCE IN AN AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE