I have recently been on a river /canal cruise kick, so when an opportunity to sail along the canals in a hot tub, I was definitely intrigued. I mean who doesn’t enjoy chilling in the hot tub with some friends, a little beverage and great scenery.
What I’m talking about here is the nearly established start up company HotTug UK who successfully crowd funded their project and finally open itd doors on 21st July 2017.
Hot Tug is the first of its kind to bring to the canals of London the world first wood fired floating hot tub. A hot tub you ask? Well it’s a boat that is also a hot tub. HotTug is currently hosted at the Islington boat club, a charity which helps encourage youngster to water sports. I am mentioning this as availability of the experience is dependent if the club itself is running any classes or courses.
This company is the brain child of two friends Tommo and Jack. However, they aren’t the one who invented the HotTug, credit goes to Frank de Bruijn, where Frank worked on the barges in port of Rotterdam, Frank de Bruijn: “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.
So, how does it all work? Well each HotTug is filled with clean water before each booking and the wood fired mechanism installed keeps the water at a toastie 38 degrees. There are also logs on board for you to keep the fire going.
Each HotTug sits around 7 people and steering is a lot easier than most electric boats. As you cruise down along Regents canal, the route itself isn’t very long.. However it’s wide enough for the boat to comfortably float along while you and your group enjoy some of London canal scenery. We definitely felt like celebs as passers-by would stop and take our pictures cause have they never seen this before,and I bet they didn’t even know this kind of experience is out there! The pair currently have two boats available for hire.
Also in case you are wondering how the facilities are like at the venue, again I will say as the HotTug is hosted on the boat club they have a school like changing facilities, of course your main experience is to get on to the canals and chill in the 38 degrees hot tub.
You are also able to bring some drinks along, and big shout out goes to Fentimans for supplying the drink of choice as we cruise down the canals.
The HotTug experience will say you back £224 for 90 minutes, this includes a 15 minutes briefing on driving the boat and route (don’t worry, you really can’t get lost, as there are two locks which you must can’t get through.)
For a hot summers day, I can’t think of a much better way to spend my time with great company and great concepts. I am intrigued how it feels to sit on one in the winter? Would someone please try it and let me know?