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autoevolution's Sea Month

Although they presently occupy the center stage of our modern society, ground-based vehicles are by no means the first mobility ideas humans came up with. In fact, at a time when the only way to go about your business over land involved walking or making use of animals, vessels of various types were hard at work on the water, advancing human civilization.

Having started as means to help people move about, boats and ships quickly became military assets, but also essential for trade. Every single major civilization of the ancient world (Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans) not only relied on naval transport for their immediate needs, but at times their existence depended on it. Later on, big empires (Spanish, British, French) were built and maintained with the help of seafaring vessels.

At the same time, people found they could enjoy their time at sea, and that’s how in time things like yachts, speed boats, or jet skis, were born. Submarines of all shapes and sizes came into existence, for warfare, exploration, or simple enjoyment, and a variety of other such tools for the same reasons.

The world of seafaring machines is today perhaps just as dynamic as the automotive one, and for large masses of people, equally as exciting. It is for this reason that the last month of this summer, August, will be Sea Month here on autoevolution, a perfect opportunity for us all to dive deep into this fascinating world.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

Saro Lerwick: the Infernally Awful Polar Opposite of the American Catalina
Saro Lerwick: the Infernally Awful Polar Opposite of the American Catalina

12 Aug 2022, 19:46 UTC / To pile on to its bad points, the airframe was so gosh darn heavy that it couldn't sustain level flight if one of the engines failed

 
Remembering the Mighty Duck, the World’s Most Iconic Amphibious Vehicle
Remembering the Mighty Duck, the World’s Most Iconic Amphibious Vehicle

12 Aug 2022, 13:08 UTC / A WWII hero, the 80-Year-Old DUKW remains the world's most famous amphibious vehicle and some modernized examples are still being used today as tour busses

 
Kylie Jenner Has "Intimate” Birthday Bash on a Luxury Yacht, Because That's How She Rolls
Kylie Jenner Has "Intimate” Birthday Bash on a Luxury Yacht, Because That's How She Rolls

12 Aug 2022, 11:26 UTC / Kylie Jenner switched private jets with luxury yachts for her 25th birthday, which was an “intimate” affair with her family and friends.

 
On Board Christina O, the Former Frigate that Wrote the Book on Superyacht Lifestyle
On Board Christina O, the Former Frigate that Wrote the Book on Superyacht Lifestyle

12 Aug 2022, 10:53 UTC / Bought by Greek shipping magnate and famous shipowner Aristotle Onassis in 1954, Christina O became the blueprint for today’s mega-rich lifestyle

 
This Superyacht Was Built to Be Self-Sufficient, Still Mysterious After Three Decades
This Superyacht Was Built to Be Self-Sufficient, Still Mysterious After Three Decades

12 Aug 2022, 03:14 UTC / The mysterious owner who had this custom toy built for him 30 years ago wanted it to stay self-sufficient for up to 6 months because he lived onboard a lot

 
Miami Marlins Boss Docks His Jaw-Dropping $70M Superyacht in Milwaukee
Miami Marlins Boss Docks His Jaw-Dropping $70M Superyacht in Milwaukee

12 Aug 2022, 01:26 UTC / This spectacular pleasure craft made everything around it seem small and dull, when it made a great appearance in Milwaukee

 
Convair Sea Dart: A Cold War Navy Fighter Prototype on Water Skis
Convair Sea Dart: A Cold War Navy Fighter Prototype on Water Skis

11 Aug 2022, 19:06 UTC / Only five Sea Dart prototypes were ever constructed. Of the four that made it to retirement in 1957, all were handed over to museums

 
Flavio Briatore's Seized Superyacht Is Now a Floating Luxury Resort, Rents for $341K
Flavio Briatore's Seized Superyacht Is Now a Floating Luxury Resort, Rents for $341K

11 Aug 2022, 14:17 UTC / Force Blue is now available for charter, this time for real, and not just as a ruse concocted by one of Formula 1's most controversial figures

 
Kim Jong-Un’s Secret, Outrageous Megayacht Has Been Spotted
Kim Jong-Un’s Secret, Outrageous Megayacht Has Been Spotted

11 Aug 2022, 06:17 UTC / The Supreme Leader has been missing for 12 straight days, and sources believe it’s because he’s off to his favorite retreat, onboard his multi-million megayacht

 
Walhalla Is an Elegant Floating House Disguised as a James Bond Submarine
Walhalla Is an Elegant Floating House Disguised as a James Bond Submarine

11 Aug 2022, 05:01 UTC / 2012 custom narrowboat is all business on the outside, party inside: designed by a retired couple to travel the canals of Europe, Walhalla is a proper home

 
Millionaire Polo Player Puts His Gorgeous 30-Year-Old Superyacht on the Market
Millionaire Polo Player Puts His Gorgeous 30-Year-Old Superyacht on the Market

11 Aug 2022, 04:56 UTC / This is a rare classic Feadship that can compete with any young superyacht in terms of modern tech and luxurious amenities

 
Salt Lake City Billionaire Parting With His Incredible $68M Yacht After Just Two Years
Salt Lake City Billionaire Parting With His Incredible $68M Yacht After Just Two Years

11 Aug 2022, 02:12 UTC / This absolutely stunning superyacht has a master suite with not just one, but two private terraces, and was designed for next-level scuba adventures

 
Martin P6M SeaMaster: Half Flying Boat, Half Strategic Jet Bomber, 100 Percent Awesome
Martin P6M SeaMaster: Half Flying Boat, Half Strategic Jet Bomber, 100 Percent Awesome

10 Aug 2022, 20:50 UTC / Of the six P6M airframes constructed, none survive today. In doing so, the Navy more or less cast out flying boats as a viable weapon of war.

 
Yacht Named After Violent Austrian Soldier Gets Sister Ship, New One Going for $18.5M
Yacht Named After Violent Austrian Soldier Gets Sister Ship, New One Going for $18.5M

10 Aug 2022, 15:19 UTC / The Baron Trenck yacht will soon have a sister ship, so far called Eurocraft 44 Explorer, and offered for a lot more money

 
Khalilah, the Golden Superyacht at the Crossroads Between Opulence and Innovation
Khalilah, the Golden Superyacht at the Crossroads Between Opulence and Innovation

10 Aug 2022, 10:15 UTC / Designed and built by Palmer Johnson, Khalilah remains one of the most impressive and surprising superyachts, with a styling bound to make it memorable

 
Away From the F1 Drama, Charles Leclerc Is on Vacation in Italy on His New Riva Yacht
Away From the F1 Drama, Charles Leclerc Is on Vacation in Italy on His New Riva Yacht

10 Aug 2022, 09:26 UTC / Charles Leclerc is enjoying summer with his influencer girlfriend, Charlotte Sine, on his Riva yacht in Sardinia, Italy.

 
Golden Yachts’ Stunning Project X Delivered, Ready for Its Big Debut
Golden Yachts’ Stunning Project X Delivered, Ready for Its Big Debut

10 Aug 2022, 04:39 UTC / The second-biggest build from the Greek shipyard has been delivered to the owner, will make its first appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show in September

 
Alisher Usmanov’s Former Superyacht Looking for a New Owner With $50M to Spare
Alisher Usmanov’s Former Superyacht Looking for a New Owner With $50M to Spare

10 Aug 2022, 02:28 UTC / Everyone knows about the world's largest superyacht, but the original Dilbar is a more mysterious luxury yacht, and a very good-looking one

 
Horizon Launches Brand-New FD90 Luxury Yacht for the Australian Market
Horizon Launches Brand-New FD90 Luxury Yacht for the Australian Market

9 Aug 2022, 20:50 UTC / Horizon Yachts has designed a brand-new Fast Displacement (FD) yacht for the Australian market with a semi-enclosed sky lounge and plenty of entertainment areas

 
This Amazing Sailing Catamaran Just Needs Someone With Deep Pockets to Get Made
This Amazing Sailing Catamaran Just Needs Someone With Deep Pockets to Get Made

9 Aug 2022, 13:17 UTC / A French yacht designer called Berret-Racoupeau has a new sailing catamaran in the pipeline, the 12-guests, seven-crew BR130