This might be the most unorthodox boat that we’ve ever laid eyes on. Yes, it’s a boat, but as you’ve probably already sussed out it doubles as a hot tub. Ask us and we find the whole setup a bit disconcerting since the very point of a boat is to float above the water, not in it. Nevertheless, the HotTug is a remarkeable piece of kit, and while it’s anything but practical, it most certainly has a place in our list of things to checkout.
From what we can tell the HotTug is designed in the Netherlands. If you’ve ever been there, or more specifically Amsterdam (in our experience), than this makes complete sense; the city is built upon water and dams. Many of its residence live in houseboats, which often don’t include a hot tub, but own small boats for traveling around the city. The HotTug doubles as a dingy which can carry up to 6-8 people. For some added cash, they can toss in a wood burning stove, which is capable of heating the boats 2000 liter water capacity to 100 degrees F in 3 hours times. There are two motor options: one with an integrated electric motor of 2.4 KW or another with an outboard engine (electric or petrol). Price will vary with whatever motor option you choose, but an electric one sounds intriguing since there are a variety of positive eco implications to it (no oil or fumes).
The boat itself is constructed of wood and fitted with glass fiber reinforced polyester. The stove is made from Stainless steel, and includes a single pipe. We’re not sure how long it will burn, but since there isn’t exactly space to store the wood when the boat is full of water, we’re guessing you’ll get a few hours of ‘cuzzi time before you have to head back to homebase.
The HotTug with wood burning stove starts at about $14,500.