[leadin]It’s a wood-fired hot tub, and it also floats. What’s not to love?[/leadin]
The HotTug is one of the more awesome inventions we’ve seen in a while.
It seats six to eight people, and heats the water up to 101 degrees F with a wood stove onboard. It sails quietly with an integrated 2.4 KW MinnKota engine, and it can also accommodate an outboard engine if you’ve really got somewhere to be.
With a top speed of about 3mph when full of 475 gallons of water, you won’t set any speed records. But who cares? You’re already in a hot tub!
A wood stove in the front of the boat heats the water up to more than 100 degrees in about 2.5 hours. All it takes is a small fire built with normal logs.
The boat/tub is made from wood with common fiberglass overlay construction. This popular method for homemade boats may inspire some do-it-yourself builders to consider one of these as a backyard project.
But for most people, purchasing a pre-made HotTug would make a LOT more sense. And good news — the product, originally launched in Europe in 2012, is now available in the United States.
While it’s probably not a practical item for most people, you can rent one in Rotterdam, London, Zürich or Copenhagen. The experience of hot-tubbing your way through an iconic city might alone be worth a trip.
For more information, check out the brand’s site, where you can find addresses and contacts for both rentals and purchase in Europe and the USA.