Hot Tug: A Motorized, Wood-fire Heated, Floating Hot Tub

It’s winter.

We all think about being somewhere where it’s not icing, snowing, sleeting, or being anywhere that doesn’t require twelve layers of clothes to go outside and do something as simple as going to the mailbox.

Leave it to the entrepreneurial Dutch to make come up with an ingenious contraption to ease our winter woes–provided you live near a body of water.

Meet the Hot Tug–a motorized, wood-fire heated, floating hot tub. It’s the brainchild of a barge worker in the Netherlands by the name of Frank de Bruijn. Apparently this isn’t his first outdoor project, according to the site–hes made a rocket stove and a picnic on wheels, amongst other things.

The boat/hot tub is powered by a small electric motor and driven by a rudder. The stove at the bow of the boat requires roughly 3 bags of firewood to heat 1800 liters of water (that’s 475 gallons) to around 100° F, according to the Hot Tug site.

The boat is wood with a glass fiber reinforced polyester lining. It can also sail, sans water, and it will float higher.  The site says that it comfortably sits 6 people, though “maybe 8, if you are good friends.”

You can buy a Hot Tug over at the site for just under $17,000 (€ 14950)

Get your swim trunks ready….


HT for the lead.

Abigail Bassett

Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television, video, and podcast host whose work has appeared in publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Motor Trend, Shondaland, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories that change the way we see, interact with, and relate to the world. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour yoga teacher.

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