HotTug: Hot Tub on the Go

By: | December 6th, 2012

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. For example, the furniture in the ‘Picknick on Wheels’ series, is made of weather-resistant material and can be easily rolled around in the sun or the shade. Or the ‘rocket stove’, made from old barrels. A wood stove for outdoor use, in the form of a rocket that looks as if it might take off when you light it. The rocket stove comes in different sizes and is suitable for the garden or public places in the city. “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.”

The HotTug is a wood-fired hot tub that you can sail and a tug boat in which you can soak in a delicious warm bath. It is ideal for carefree fun and relaxation on the water, moving or stationary, ready to take you to idyllic spots for a visit or a swim.

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.

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Jeremy Helms

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