Whatever Floats His Boat: A Teacher Permanently Anchors a Crestliner to His Pool

First, Tim Lorentz fabricated a tri-hull boat over a Chrysler LeBaron. Then he turned to his pool for his next unusual creation.


Tim Lorentz has a habit of putting boats where they don’t belong.

There’s LaFloata, the 17-foot Crestliner in his aboveground pool (seen top). And there’s that strange tri-hull vessel that can be seen motoring up and down city streets throughout Spokane, Wash.

To fully appreciate the work of art that is LaFloata, you have to understand the whole kooky endeavor that led to its creation.

You see, Lorentz is a local legend — the skipper of a peculiar mash-up of watercraft and car called LaBoata.

He fabricated a 1976 Apollo speedboat over an old Chrysler LeBaron convertible. It couldn’t have fit better. The boat obscures the tires almost completely, making it appear as though the vessel floats on a river of asphalt.

Lorentz uses the vehicle to raise funds for local charities. People have paid thousands of dollars for the privilege of riding in the street-legal speedboat.

Yes, it is legal, though it took some convincing to get the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue him a license.

“I think they thought everyone was going to put boats on their cars,” Lorentz said.

It’s insured. He’s even driven the thing to the Oregon Coast and back. And get this: The outboard motor emits a 30-foot stream of water. By switching on the windshield washer, Lorentz can spray anything in LaBoata’s wake.

LaFloata is every bit the engineering feat as the bizarre boat-car that preceded it.

It wasn't long after that Lorentz, a teacher and father of six, began to dream up other nautical novelties. His pool would be ground zero for his next experiment.

Lorentz cut a niche in the bottom of the craft so that it fits snugly over the circumference of the pool. The majority of LaFloata, however, is firmly supported by a series of posts underneath. As a result, the Crestliner appears to float on tranquil, chlorinated water.

“Nothing touches the actual structure of the pool,” Lorentz said. And “it takes up very little room in the pool.”

You can swim under it. You can sunbathe on the bow. Or you can do what Lorentz presumably does: Marvel at it and plot the next unlikely place to plunk a boat.

This article was originally written by Nate Traylor and appeared here.

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