The Wilcraft Ice Fishing Amphibious Vehicle | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

The Wilcraft Ice Fishing Amphibious Vehicle | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios


Hi I’m Tom Roering, the inventor of Wilcraft. Wilcraft is a drivable amphibious ice fishing
vehicle. “Wil” stands for Water, Ice, and Land. The Wilcraft project started back in 1998
out of the desire to ice fish safer, more conveniently, and be more mobile on the ice. The product evolved over a six year period,
and some of the photos on the wall are photos of some of our prototypes starting off with
just a basic johnboat. Six wheel drive, four wheel drive, two wheel drive, you name it
and we probably did it. The Wilcraft is designed to bring one onto
the ice in a very convenient, mobile, and safe fashion. It’s set up much like your summer
fishing boat, electronics in place, ice augur, lunch, beverages. Once you’re on the ice, drill your holes,
line up the holes that are inside the Wilcraft, press a couple switches to drop the hull onto
the ice, which seals out the airflow from coming into your shelter. Ice is never predictable and so each year
there is loss of property and there is loss of life, as well as the endeavor of getting
your equipment out onto the ice. It’s very labor intensive. So the Wilcraft pretty
much addresses all these issues. There’s indirect competition. To do what we’re
doing, it can be done in a number of different ways as simple as a guy walking out with a
bucket. Are these guys competition? Well, it’s a product that does the same job, but
as far as the design, the features that the Wilcraft has, it’s in a class all by itself. It is the only one that is a drivable
amphibious ice fishing vehicle.

10 thoughts on “The Wilcraft Ice Fishing Amphibious Vehicle | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

  1. Portable Motorized Ice Shanty.. Thats awesome.. Looks like a winner for the winter fishing derbies.. 🙂

  2. we built one, except it has tracks, has 2 beds, is only 8 feet long and 4' 6" wide. It also can attain speeds upwards of 55 miles per hour

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