Barbie and friends could take to the high seas in style when Mattel released Barbie’s Dream Boat in 1974.
Designed to resemble a real cabin cruiser, Dream Boat expanded to over 4 feet long. Mattel spread the ship’s amenities and luxurious design features over two levels.
On deck, Dream Boat was equipped with a removable flying bridge, steering wheel that turned, swiveling searchlight, guide rail, ladder, and a flagpole with multiple flags. Below deck included a galley complete with stove, table, and kitchen accessories. The main cabin featured a convertible daybed/bunkbed.
The toy ship could be folded into a 15-inch carrying case made of vinyl with an injection molded top and bottom.
Sunblock and dolls were sold separately.
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