Whatever floats your boat! Revellers enjoy a relaxing soak as they cruise along the River Thames in a floating HOT TUB
- Four people were spotted cruising in a red hot tub boat by Canary Wharf today
- Hot tub boats are electric self-drive, wood-fired vessels which move slowly
- They were invented by Dutchman Frank de Bruijn and brought to UK in 2017
Revellers floated down the Thames on a hot tub boat today as London enjoyed humid weather after ‘intense’ thunderstorms yesterday.
Four people enjoyed drinks and snacks in a red hot tub boat as they gently cruised past Canary Wharf while bathing in toasty 100F (38C) waters.
Hot tub boats are electric self-drive, wood-fired vessels which move so slowly that they are unlikely to crash. They are navigated with a single joystick – though the captain is not permitted to swill champagne while sailing.
Four people were spotted enjoying drinks and snacks in a red hot tub this afternoon as they gently sailed past Canary Wharf in central London while bathing in toasty 100F (38C) waters. Hot tub boats are electric self-drive, wood-fired vessels which move so slowly that there is no chance of crashing. They are navigated with a single joystick – but the captain cannot drink
According to SkunaBoats, which has been hiring out the tubs for £225 for the 90-minute bathing cruise in London since 2018, more than 10 air chambers and the hot water in the tub act as buoyancy to keep the vessel afloat. The 12ft-long vessels, made from wood and fitted with glass-fibre reinforced polyester, were invented by Frank de Bruijn from Rotterdam
Up to 1.96inches (50mm) of rain could pour in just a few hours today, potentially flooding homes, shutting roads and causing massive transport delays, the Met Office said
According to SkunaBoats, which has been hiring out the tubs for £225 for the 90-minute bathing cruise in London since 2018, more than 10 air chambers and the hot water in the tub act as buoyancy to keep the vessel afloat.
The 12ft-long vessels, made from wood and fitted with glass-fibre reinforced polyester, were invented by Frank de Bruijn from Rotterdam.
After SkunaBoats co-founder Stuart ‘Tommo’ Thomson saw hot tub boats cruising down the canals in the Dutch city in 2017, he raised £30,000 through a Crowdfunder campaigner to bring them to the UK.
Frank said: ‘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.’
SkunaBoats co-founder and inventor of the hot tub boat explains how he was inspired to make 2,000l seven-seat floating jacuzzi
Dutch furniture designer Frank de Bruijn from Rotterdam has told how his nautical upbringing inspired him to create the seven-seat hot tub boat.
Speaking to the New York Post in 2013, he said: ‘I was born and raised on a barge; my parents were skippers. I love the industrial ‘look and feel’ of boats, and at the same time.
‘I love natural places where all you can hear is the birds or the crickets, and you can lay back and enjoy the star.
‘I love freedom, campfires, open-water swimming and meals in the open air. That is all expressed in many of my designs.’
Asked what he liked most about hot tub boats, Frank replied: ‘I love the fact that you’re not limited to your backyard when sitting in a HotTug.
‘You can enjoy a warm jacuzzi and let beautiful surroundings pass you by…wherever you are… whether it’s on a lake or near a fjord…
‘My favourite feature is the stability of the boat; you can stand on one side while you jump in the water.
‘The HotTug is also very comfortable, making it a great boat to ride with or without water inside it.’
Frank’s genius design was brought to the UK by Stuart ‘Tommo’ Thomson in 2017 after raising £30,000 through a Crowdfunder in 2017.
Guests can sail for 90 minutes down the Thames in a toasty 100F (38C) vessel past Canary Wharf.
He told Wired: ‘The idea came about because I live on a cargo ship and I really wanted a hot tub. But there was too little space for it. Then I developed a floating hot tub. That proved to be so much of a hit that I developed it into a product.’
Stuart Thomson said that ‘word of mouth’ has been crucial to SkunaBoats, telling Tide: ‘We try to five everyone a really great experience.
‘A lot of people (in the UK) were just amazed; they didn’t know what these things were. The funniest thing was a guy who was cycling along the towpath by the canal in Islington, and he just cycled straight into it. But he was fine, and he managed to get his bike back, so we can laugh about it!
‘You spend a huge amount of time on operation, and also you’ve got to grow the business… we want to be recognised as a completely unique leisure attraction brand with sites in many cities.’
Small parties of seven from two households have been setting off from the West India Quay docklands on the relaxing voyage with the Canary Wharf operator at £33 per person since July 4.
The operator’s website says each boat is disinfected and cleaned with water heated to 150F (65C) to kill bacteria, while SkunaBoats’ cleaning rooms are also thoroughly disinfected between each group using them.
A spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Our experience is an open air experience where you will enjoy the tranquility of the water in your own private boat. We have always had high safety and hygiene standards at our rental site and we have taken additional steps as part of our Covid risk assessment.’
Earlier today the Met Office predicted that up to 1.96inches (50mm) of rain could pour in just a few hours, potentially flooding homes, shutting roads and causing massive transport delays.
Parts of the Midlands around Birmingham have been issued with flood alerts while a yellow warning covering vast swathes of Scotland is in place between 1pm and 9pm.
Some places could see an inch (25mm) of rainfall in just one hour.
The stormy conditions represent a dramatic turnaround from the extreme heatwave experienced in Britain up until last week which saw temperatures of at least 93F (34C) for six days in a row for the first time on record.
And the poor weather isn’t set to improve next week as the downpours will be replaced by high winds on Wednesday, as warm and tropical air pushes in from the south containing the remnants of Tropical Storm Kyle.
Forecasters are monitoring the storm which is set to bring strong winds gusting at up to 70mph to parts of Britain from tomorrow.
A yellow weather warning stretching from Cornwall to south-west Scotland is in place from 8pm to midnight on Wednesday predicting strong winds which could cause some disruption to travel and power supplies on Thursday.
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