After a stunning mid-70s yesterday here in the San Francisco Bay Area, today brought back the chill. Which makes the idea of a hot tub sound mighty appealing right about now.
You know what sounds even more appealing though? Soaking in a hot tub while bobbing around the bay gazing upon sights like the Golden Gate Bridge and Transamerica Pyramid.
If these new Hot Tub Boats float their way south from Seattle anytime soon, we shivering Bay Areans might actually be able to enjoy a super-scenic soak. The creators of the Hot Tub Boats say they plan to build a fleet of four to be available for rent on Seattle's Lake Union by the end of summer. We can only hope the concept takes off and the watercraft steer their way to other parts of the county too.
The boats, which are powered by inboard motors, can be driven while lounging in the tub or maneuvered via mechanical and/or remote steering and throttle while seated on the aft deck. "Don't worry, [driving] is easy, especially after a quick tutorial from our friendly and approachable staff," the Web site reassures us.
They accommodate six passengers and measure 15 feet long by 16 feet wide (with the all-important tub itself measuring 4 feet by 8 feet and 2 feet deep).
The purveyors of Hot Tub Boats won't yet say how much float-and-soak time costs (we're a bit nervous to hear this detail), but say they're currently taking names for a reservation log.
As for attire, "we ask that you please wear appropriate swim attire, whatever that means to you," the Web site says. Which meansshould be totally fine.