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Amphibious cars drive another boating season debut

Seattle-area boaters headed to the waterfront this weekend to continue the traditional opening day ceremony to inaugurate the start of a new season on the water.

A tiny flotilla of amphibious cars is one of the more unusual features of the annual parade of boats, which typically ranges from Puget Sound's most palatial yachts to the most modest rowboat - or, in one recent year, a rotting section of floating wooden dock to which its pilot had clamped an outboard motor.

But the usual handful of amphicars, their headlights blazing just inches above the water line, invariably draws the most double-takes, chuckles, pointed fingers and "quick-Martha-gimme-the-camera" shouts.

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