Friday, October 12, 2012

Hot Tug

A Dutch company is turning the concept of a boat on its head! I mean, boats are designed to keep their contents dry, right? That’s the reason boats exist. Uh-huh. So boats that are filled to the brim with water cannot be classified as good boats. Uh-huh.

Frank de Bruijn and his company Supergoed have introduced the Hot Tug, a small boat that doubles up as a hot tub. It's made of wood and fiberglass, and the water is heated by a steam wood-burning stove at the bow. An outboard motor keeps the party moving, which in the canal-friendly cities of the Netherlands, like Rotterdam, could provide the ultimate river journey.


The Hot Tug fits 6-8 passengers and contains up to 2,000 liters of water. The creators say the water can be “as warm as you want, but average people find a comfortable temperature of 38C and that is no problem for the HotTug heater”. Still it takes three hours to get the water up to the required heat.

When used as a regular boat, eight people can enjoy a sail. Add hot water to the mix, and six people can still enjoy a mobile bath.

If you are just after the boat, without motors or a stove, you are looking at around £7,200. Throw in the stove and other equipment and the price is around £13,000. But if you happen to be the owner of a private lake, this might be affordable enough to give you a very unique hot tub experience. Of course, you can also opt to rent it.

It'll be a really chilling experience, won't it?

Yesterday, I was at Uptown 3 to attend the Lafarge Malayan Cement Toastmasters meeting. The meeting started 22 minutes late. Putting aside the issue of tardiness, it was a good meeting nevertheless. Even though the project assignments were so-so and the evaluations were alright – I was still happy with the meeting and I salute club president Janet Lim for making this possible. A score of a 6.5 out of a 10.


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