The HotTug is the first wood-fired hot tub boat in the world and you can put it right at the top of my wish list. (see the updated post with all the photos and info here)
Seating 6 people comfortably (8 peeps if you're really close friends), the wood-fired hot tub is an extremely stable boat that is available in two versions: With an integrated electric motor of 2.4 KW you can cruise around for about 2.5 or 8 hours depending on your version. With an outboard engine it depends on how much gas (petrol) you can carry.
The boat is constructed from wood and fitted with glass fiber reinforced polyester (size 230 x 380 x 110 cm). It can be sailed with or without water, has a stainless steel stove with a double-walled pipe and is powered by a nice and quiet built-in electric motor. A ‘folding pipe’ is available for HotTugs that sail through landscape with low bridges (50 cm / 20 inches clearance).
The HotTug contains about 1800 litres of water and takes about 2.5 hours to heat with the wood-burning stove in front of the boat. The warms warms to 38° Celsius or 100° Farenheit. Emptying the Hot Tug is done with an electric submersible pump in just about 20 minutes.
The standard color is black, but the Hot Tug is available in any RAL and NCS colour.
The HotTug is a design by Supergoed: as simple as it is ingenious. Supergoed is owned by Frank de Bruijn, who works on a barge in the port of Rotterdam. Frank has a soft spot for places where the natural and cultivated go hand in hand. His love of freedom, campfires, open water swimming and meals in the open air is expressed in many of his designs. “The feel of the outdoors is very important to me,” says De Bruijn. “Now the HotTug is expanding my work horizon to the water as well.”
Frank de Bruyn: “It’s much more than a boat, it’s a vessel with different options. When the tug is filled, there is only a narrow rim between you and the water, making you feel at one with your surroundings.” Frank’s long experience of wood stoves while living and working on his own barge helped him to develop a wood-burning underwater stove. This is what heats the 2000 litres of water in the HotTug to a pleasant 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees F.) in a few hours.
The HotTug is available all around the world; please contact them for a delivery quote to your address. Prices and details can be found here.
Rentable in The Netherlands
Currently you can rent the HotTug at two locations in the Netherlands. In the North of the Netherlands, in IJlst, one hour drive from Amsterdam and in Rotterdam 40 minutes by fast train from Amsterdam. You can book online and find more information about the different locations and prices at the rental website
The HotTug Official site