Behold, the future of luxury! The image you see above is of the Hottug, a combination powerboat and hot tub. The little floating bathing chamber is made of wood and glass fiber reinforced polyester, and uses a stainless steel stove with a wall pipe to keep the water warm. The deluxe model even offers a wood-burning stove, for that rustic feel. It's powered by either an electric or standard outboard motor and can hold either 8 or 6 people, depending on the model you purchase. The cost: $14,800 at the low-end and $21,000 at the top.
Interestingly enough, this product from the Netherlands is not the only combination hot tub and boat on the market. Tugtub offers an inflatable variation on the idea. It's a bit cheaper, clocking in at $11,495 for the two-person model and $17,495 for the top-of-the-line.
I'm happy that there is healthy competition in the floating hot tub market, and can only assume that a vicious bidding war will break out to capture the important market segment of consumers who are interested in being in a hot tub while floating in a body of water.
Before this morning, I didn't know I always wanted to float around in a hot-tub boat, so I am looking for 14 other brave people willing to drop $1000 to purchase a hot-tug on a time-share basis with me. Any takers?