The HotTug is the world’s first hot tub boat. An electric, self-drive, wood-fired hot tub is an experience everyone can enjoy all year round. With fresh water heated to 38 degrees for every trip, the HotTug is ideal for any occasion, accommodating groups of up to seven people.
The unique idea came to Frank de Bruijn, who works on a barge in the port of Rotterdam, when he wanted a swimming enclosure beside his canal boat to enjoy through all the highs and lows of Rotterdam’s weather.: “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 1800 litres of water in the HotTug to a pleasant 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees F.) in a few hours.
The HotTug is constructed from wood and fitted with glass-fibre reinforced polyester. The stove is made of stainless steel and has a double-walled pipe. The HotTug is powered by a built-in electric motor so is very quiet.
It all started back in 2017 when Stuart “Tommo” Thomson was enjoying a break in the Dutch city and saw them cruising down the canals. Immediately he knew he had to get these to the UK, as they would be as much of a hit in London. When friends and family loved the idea too, Tommo knew he was onto something and decided to share the love and raise the money required to bring HotTug to the UK with a Crowdfunder campaign. It was clear that people were very behind the idea with the £10,000 goal being smashed within the first week and the campaign resulting with an amazing £30,469 raised by 221 supporters.
HotTug is the perfect way to create unique, fun and memorable experiences for everyone to enjoy. Skuna Boats are passionate about fun and are working hard to bring boat experiences to waterways across the UK and Ireland in the coming years.