Onland Sailing YKTTW Discussion

Onland Sailing
Taking a boat from water straight onto land.
Tropeworthy? Better Name Needs Examples Better Name
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Boats are made for one purpose: to travel on water. Or so you'd think. In fiction, if need be, characters can take their boat straight onto land directly out of water. In action sequences, it's a sign of badassery, but it can also be a Comedy Trope.

It can distinguish a Cool Boat from a normal boat.

Contrast Amphibious Automobile, which is a land vehicle that can go straight to water.

Needs a Better Title.


Comic Strip
  • Popeye was known to do this on occasion, thanks to his Reality Warping powers. "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" is one example, where he sails a ship straight onto Olive Oyl's front lawn.

Eastern Animation
  • In the first, beach-themed episode of Nu, Pogodi!, the Wolf is chasing Hare in the water with a motorboat and eventually ends up accidentally swimming out on land, leaving the beach, and driving the boat down a highway, wreaking havoc along his way.

Film - Live Action
  • The James Bond franchise loves this trope:
    • Live and Let Die has a number of the boats involved in the bayou chase cut across land.
    • In Moonraker, after being pursued by Drax's thugs in Venice, Bond has his gondola converted into a hovercraft.
    • In the opening sequence of The World Is Not Enough, Bond takes the Q-Boat through the streets of London as he pursues the "Cigar Girl".
  • When they were late for a wedding, the protagonists of The Hangover 2 saved time by skipping the mooring and driving the boat straight onto land.

  • The Elric Saga had the Cool Boat called The Ship that Sails Over Land and Sea, which could do exactly what its title implies. It could leave the ocean and sail on land as if it were water.

Live-Action Television
  • World's Dumbest.... One clip from Canada features a group of people who have taken their snowmobiles out into water; Mike Trainor comments that this is normal to him, as he likes to take his motorboat out onto golf courses.

Video Games
  • Metal Slug 2 has Big Shie, a big battleship with treads.
  • In the Grand Theft Auto games after Vice City, you can drive boats around and even go through land for a brief period of time. Of course if don't go back to the water the boat won't work anymore.

Western Animation
  • At the end of the Bugs Bunny cartoon "14 Carrot Rabbit" Bugs inexplicably boards an ocean liner on land in front of Fort Knox.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In "Night of the Batmen!", the Penguin had a submarine with crawler tracks that allowed it leave the ocean and careen through the streets of Gotham.
  • The Fairly Oddparents has a pirate ship that got wished into this, complete with features straight from an off-road vehicle.
  • Stickybeard's ship in Codename: Kids Next Door, an absolutely massive vessel that crushes whole neighborhoods as it travels on land.
  • The Classic Disney Short "The Saga of Windwagon Smith" is about a sea captain that builds a sailing ship on top of a wagon so he can sail the American prairie like an ocean.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • The boatmobiles are an interesting case. They are essentially underwater cars, complete with wheels, driven on roads. This is justified due to the show's underwater setting, where Water Is Air and creatures that should be swimming walk on the sea floor instead. To complicate matters, there's also "regular" boats that float on the goo that passes for water, not to mention the Flying Dutchman's Ghost Ship, which floats overhead but still underwater.
    • This is Lampshaded on the episode "Aargh!", where Mr. Krabs captains a pirate ship, which crashes on a reef. When he asks for a status report, SpongeBob responds "The whole ship's underwater", which was, of course already the case, but Krabs takes it as being marooned.
  • On The Amazing World of Gumball, Richard wins a boat, while Nicole points out that they have no use for one. In the end, Richard is seen driving the boat on the street, loudly tearing up the pavement.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog plays this straight in the episode "The Sand Whale Strikes", in which a sand whale mistakes Eustace for his father, who cheated him in a card game years earlier. After the whale makes off with Eustace, Courage goes to Ma Bagge for help, and they go after the whale via rowboat... on land. In fact, at one point, Courage nudges Ma out of the boat, and she starts panicking that she's drowning, only to realize she's on land.

Real Life
  • The DUKW, an amphibious personnel carrier used by the US during World War II to transport troops from a ship to shore. Now used by the Dells Ducks Tour (and other regional tours) to ply the waterways and roads of the Wisconsin Dells.
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