by: Jacob Blount, Ozarks First
Branson Duck Tours is preparing to open in Spring of 2021. Their owner, Jaredan Braal, used to work as a biomedical device engineer. Now he is hoping to own the first duck boat company in Branson since one of the worst U.S. boating tragedies in recent history occurred on July 19, 2018.
“Branson has had a history with amphibious duck tours for over 40 years,” said Braal. “We’re heartbroken by the tragedy that led to the loss of life of so many people, but we think there’s a great opportunity to do things better. And we look forward to bringing this amazing Hydra Terra as our vehicle, which is much safer than the old ducks.”
Cool Amphibious Mfg. Int. LLC sells the Hydra Terra. They claim that the vehicle is “unsinkable” due to positive buoyancy foam-filled compartments.
“The Hydra Terras are specifically built for the tourism industry. They have an aluminum, foam-filled hole that provides positive displacement,” Braal explained. “They also have a four-foot freeboard, allowing them to handle much rougher waters and many other modern safety features.”
The full feature from KOLR-10 including video of the new Duck Boat plus an interview with former Mayor Karen Best can be found on the Ozarks First Website.