Vessel can carry up to eight people
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/16/2012 -- A Dutch man has invented a floating hot tub that he calls the Hot Tug.
The boat holds 2,000 liters of water, can accommodate up to eight people and is heated by a wood-burning stove. The Hot Tug is the brainchild of Frank de Bruijn of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
A colleague says that the idea came naturally to de Bruijn, 41.
“He’s a born shipperman, so he was always on a boat,” Jochem Karstanje told ABC News. “His dream was to combine his passion for boats and something for public spaces, and he loved to go in a hot tub. So for him, this was obvious.”
Water in the hot tub can be kept at 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit no matter the temperature of the water outside.
“You just place some logs in there, you heat it up, and then the water starts to heat,” said Karstanje, who also is sales manager for Hot Tug. “It’s as simple as that.”
And Karstanje, 33, of Amsterdam, says the vessel is tough. “I can tell you, it’s unbelievably stable,” he said. “You can stand on the side, and then jump in the water, but with 2,000 liters of water in it, it’s quite heavy and stable.”
The Hot Tug won’t be light on your pocketbook, either. Two models are available, starting at $14,000. For $21,000, the more luxurious model includes a stainless steel wood-burning heater and an electric engine. It went on sale in September.
“It’s so unique and everybody’s fond of it,” Karstanje said. “You’re even fond of it before you try it, but trying it is really awesome. People watching you are like, ‘What is happening? I can’t believe my eyes.’”
Karstanje said the Hot Tug, which comes in black, blue, green and orange, is getting “unbelievable” attention.
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