Carl Pegel is getting used to the stares when he's in his 13-foot Sea Ray jet boat - probably because "Doggy Daze" has wheels on its keel and Pegel pilots this converted dune buggy down roads in Jacksonville, Fla.
“It gets a bit scary when people slam on their brakes and hang out of their cars with their camera phones,” he told The Florida Times-Union newspaper of his year-old creation. “It is fun. My biggest regret is I didn't do it 20 years ago when I saw one.”
Pegel buys and sells boats through his brokerage, Sorry Dog. His love of boating goes back to a 10-footer he built in a woodworking class in Oak Ridge, Tenn., that earned him an A-plus.
This boat car, license plate LIE-N-DOG, started as a jet boat given to him with no title. He found a Volkswagen dune buggy that looked as if it would fit under the Sea Ray and hung the boat up, marked out where he needed to cut and went to it.
There's a life preserver on the rear deck, a prop propeller and headlights mounted where a bow wave used to foam.
The fishing rod rack has a mounted game fish and a stuffed parrot, and there are miniature beaches with seashells, coral and toy boats on the frame rails.
Pegel said he's cruised it up to a “scary 50” mph, adding he'll build others for about $8,500 each.