Would you like to have your own Higgins boat? Very few of the 23,398 LCVPs built by the Allies during World War II survive to this day, but you can own a very similar and, in fact, improved landing craft. Hard Drive Marine, a boat builder in Bellingham, Washington, manufactures, practical, civilian-use landing craft for people who need to land in places without docking facilities.
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Among the company’s innovations is the Maxgate, which is an articulated landing gate that drives spikes into the beach, then pull the entire boat forward. After disembarking people and equipment, just reverse the system to push the beached craft back into the water.
-via Born in Space