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DUKWs are still in use today, as well as purpose-built amphibious tour buses, primarily as tourist transport in many attractions world-wide. To ensure the DUKWs are well maintained at Rainforestation we have two full time engineers who carry out running repairs.

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Though ungainly looking, the DUKW was outstandingly seaworthy. Though envisioned as a means to transport equipment and men from ship onto the shore, and some distance beyond, they were also used inland, notably during the crossing of the Rhine. Piloting a DUKW is serious business. Treat it as you would any other watercraft.

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Almost written of as laughable during its earliest demonstrations by senior US Army officers, the smug smiles were soon wiped off their faces when the prototype DUKW answered a distress call in very rough seas right in front of them and safely landed the crew of a coastguard cutter on the beach. Suddenly the top brass realised the potential of the DUKW and a contract for production was ed.

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Undoubtedly D Day and the days after were heavily influenced by the DUKW which allowed men, materials and supplies to be landed ashore before a port was taken, in pretty unpleasant seas. It has a very low seaboard but can handle some surprisingly rough seas.

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For the collector, the appeal has to be that you can swim it. But there are downsides.

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The DUKW requires maintenance each time its swum and of course in salt water corrosion shows no mercy. With every D Day anniversary, the DUKW enthusiasts are omnipresent and will be no exception, playing an important part in the beach head commemorative events.

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Safety is paramount and some concessions to modern equipment make a lot of sense. Many DUKWS have more reliable diesel engines and supplementary bilge pumps plus the obligatory safety equipment.

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Restoration projects are really dependant on the state of the hull — with very few hulls not needing either major repair or total replacement. You can drive it on a normal driving licence but may need some degree of marine certification and insurance for some waterways in UK and Europe.

Prospective owners wishing to swim in the sea should check the maritime regulations before embarking on a purchase.

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The specialist for DUKW and the all important spare parts, backed up with an immense technical knowledge of working on and operating these fabulous amphibians is Rex Ward, www. Want to know more?

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