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The Batboat was Batman's personal watercraft that debuted in the 1966 spinoff movie based on the tv show.

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Batman (1966 film)[]

Batman and Robin used the Batboat for travel to the bell buoy to look for clues, which almost got the Dynamic Duo killed. The Batboat was later used in the climax during the Caped Crusaders' water battle with the Penguin's submarine.

Batman (1960s series)[]

The Batboat was used for travel to the Archer's ship and later to J. Pauline Spaghetti Island.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders[]

The Batboat made a cameo appearance during Batman and Robin's underwater search.

Behind the Scenes[]

The first appearance of the Batboat was in the 1966 film Batman. It was subsequently used in seasons two and three of the 1960s Batman television series. It was created by Glastron Industries. Since Glastron was based in Austin, Texas, the world premiere of the 1966 "Batman" movie was also held there.

Mel Whitley and Robert Hammond designed the Batboat from a Glastron V-174. They added a red flashing beacon, glowing eyes, bazooka hatches, seats for both Batman and Robin at the front of the boat, twin wind screens, a center console, an outdrive jet cover, and an aft to deck cover with a glowing Bat-Signal on the tail fin. Although the boat was powered by a Merc Cruiser L-6 stern drive and At wood Corporation manufactured the hardwire, a water squirter and a jet nozzle were added to make the Batboat look like it was nuclear-powered. It took 31 days to build.

Eventually, a replica was built of the Batboat. When the Batman television show was cancelled, Glastron used the two Batboats for promotions on tours. After much touring, the boats were sold. One boat went to a Glastron dealer who was a Shriner. He used it in various Shriner parades. This Batboat was then moved to the Car Stars museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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