Utility vehicles are common in many parts of the world, especially in rural areas. They are used by farmers, conservation companies, fishermen and game bird hunters. They may be supplied with covers for the load deck made from canvas, alloy or fiberglass, their main objective being to provide security and weather tightness to the load. It would seem logical to make such a cover have a secondary useful purpose as proposed here. The design allows either side from the gunwhale to the top edge of the ute's well to be lifted up for access from the sides. When the boat is mounted the rear aspect can be accessed by simply dropping the tail gate. When in place the shape would reduce drag and offer a slight decrease in fuel usage.
When the boat is removed for use the side panels fold down to meet the hull stringer where they are locked in place to provide seats and positive flotation.
ABOUT THE ENTRANT
Name: Kenneth Steel
Type of entry: individual
Number of times previously entering contest:2
Kenneth is inspired by:
The interface of old and new. The understanding of, and the interrelationship of all forms of technology and their application to novel new applications that may prove a previously unknown answer and are commercially and environmentally viable. Also that they have a direct benefit to mankind.
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