Some inventions take a special kind of creativity to think up.
Just take pet outfits, or the tandem bicycle for example. But four men in Vancouver, B.C., seem to have created one of the zaniest inventions we’ve ever seen: A hot tub boat. Yes, that’s right, a boat that keeps you wet. As you probably expected, its creators, Edward Estabrook, Marco Bieri, Artem Bylinskii and Piotr Forysinski, have quite the interesting story behind how they came up with the idea.
“While contemplating life aboard a houseboat in Shuswap Lake, B.C., I realized that spending the day on the water can only be trumped by spending the day on the water in the water, inventor Edward Estabrook wrote on the boat’s Kickstarter page.
Estabrook’s first few attempts at submerging his life underwater proved unsuccessful, at least until his friend Piotr, “builder of all things ridiculous,” got his hands on a pair of 18-foot pontoons.
“The opportunity to adapt these for HTB was too great a temptation, and the napkin scribbling began in earnest.”
A hot tub was quickly acquired through Craigslist, and later they added a disco ball, a car stereo and speakers. All the wiring, meanwhile, is kept in a beer cooler to keep them dry.
After several long years, the group finally succeeded. The boat had its first official launch during the Celebration of Lights in 2013, and we can assure you, there were many raised eyebrows. But over time, the crew got bored of taking their homemade craft on short trips and wanted to do something a little more ambitious, so they created a Kickstarter page to fund a journey through the Georgia Strait.
While they were successful in raising more than $3,000 to cover repairs and upgrades, there’s been a new barrier to their goal: weather. The boat has so far made it as far as Gambier Island, but the choppy waters beyond that end up draining the hot tub of most of its water, leaving the occupants to shiver in a mostly empty pod. The crew hopes the skies will soon clear so they can make their attempt.
It’s probably worth noting, however, that this isn’t Estabrook’s first bizarre creation. One of his previous accomplishments included a dingy-mounted pig rotisserie. Sorry, we need to repeat that: A dingy-mounted pig rotisserie.
Here it is, in all its glory (on the left):
This isn’t even the first hot tub boat either. Although they tend to be more popular in places like Amsterdam, where residents use them to cruise through the canals in style. There are even entire businesses built around the idea.
Now all they have to do is come up with a hot tub that can travel through time.
Oh, but wait…