Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Seacraft That's Street-Worthy; Plenty of Waves, Questions for Owner of the Combination Jet Boat-Dune Buggy

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Seacraft That's Street-Worthy; Plenty of Waves, Questions for Owner of the Combination Jet Boat-Dune Buggy

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Byline: Dan Scanlan

Carl Pegel is getting used to the stares when he sets sail in his 13-foot Sea Ray jet boat.

It's not just the skeleton of Capt. Argyle, the pirate on the bow or the fish on the fishing rod rack behind his seat.

Maybe it's the fact that "Doggy Daze" has wheels on its keel as Pegel pilots this converted dune buggy down Jacksonville's roads.

"It gets a bit scary when people slam on their brakes and hang out of their cars with their camera phones," he said of his year-old creation. "It is fun. My biggest regret is I didn't do it 20 years ago when I saw one."

Doggy Daze garnered a lot of attention when it cruised to a First Coast Car Council car show in Fruit Cove on a recent Saturday night. Car council president Lon Greenwood says he regularly sees lots of hot rods and classic cars at the Saturday night cruise-ins at Florida 13 and Racetrack Road, but not a boat.

"It makes me think of the Amphicars that were around for years that people could drive in the water," Greenwood said. "His wasn't a big boat, and I liked the fact that it probably gets better gas mileage than it did as a boat."

Pegel lives just off Julington Creek and buys and sells boats through his brokerage, Sorry Dog. His love of boating goes back to a 10-footer he built in his woodworking class in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which earned him an A-plus.

This boat car, license plate LIE-N-DOG, started as a jet boat given to him with no title. No title meant no sale; then Pegel remembered a boat car he'd seen in Fort Lauderdale 20 years ago. "I said, 'One day, I will build one,' " he remembered.

He found a Middleburg man with a Volkswagen dune buggy that looked like it would fit under the Sea Ray. Pegel hung the boat up, marked out where he needed to cut, and went to it.

"I rolled the buggy back under it, and it was a perfect fit," said Pegel, 66. …

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