The Best (and Worst) Boating April Fools Pranks of 2015
We had a lot of fun coming up with an April Fools prank yesterday, and it seems boats were a popular topic of trickery. Here are the best (and worst) boating pranks we came across.
The RNLI announced a new virtual reality app that would allow lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland to save lives at sea without ever leaving the house. The innovative Navigator’s Intrinsic Technology Wave Interface Terminal (NIT WIT) would let RNLI volunteers steer a lifeboat remotely. This would significantly reducing the amount of experience and skills needed to save lives.
Although the name NIT WIT seemed to have people on Facebook clocking on pretty early, it still had a great response.
With new pet buoyancy aids elegedly being called for by popular demand, the natural next product for Baltic Lifejackets to announce was the Rabbit Buoyancy Aid. Nice bit of photoshopping but unfortunatley noone believed a bunny was a popular boating companion.
Uber, an app that lets you find the nearest taxi, private car or rideshare from your mobile phone announced its expansion into Thailand ahead of the rainy season. Residents of the country's capital will be able to find and ride UberBoats "on the streets of Bangkok." Uber offered a promotional discount code: HELPIDONTLIVEONAHILL, for April 1st only. A decent effort, but a little too plausible in our opinion.
ŠKODA announced their first motor yacht, the VisionSea inspired by their car, the VisionC. If only this was a real release from the the Czech car manufacturer!
We came across this 'Safety Rap' video from Condor Ferries a day before April Fools, so we can't be sure how much of a joke it meant to be. We hope it is an April Fool because it is cringy beyond belief!
We may be biased, but the best boating April Fools was definitely on BoatsandOutboards. A surprising amount of people on Facebook seemed to genuinely believe Top Gear would be renamed Top Knot and would focus purely on boats.