frequently asked questions
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How much time does it take to fill up the HotTug?
The HotTug contains about 480 gallon of water. Of course the filling time depends on the thickness of the hose and the local pressure. On average, filling takes about 1 hour but the current record stands at 2.1 minute! Who can beat that?

So, what about heating?
A wood stove in the front of the boat heats the water up to 101° F in about 2.5 hours. All it takes is a small fire built with normal logs.

How do you empty the HotTug?
An electric submersible pump will do the job in about 20 minutes.

How many people can fit into the HotTug?
The HotTug fits about six to eight people.

Is the HotTug available in any color?
Yes the HotTug is available in any RAL and NCS colour. On page photos you can see which colors weve already used. (black, blue, red, bright green, yellow and olive green).

What about lifting and transporting the HotTug?
The HotTug weights ± 625 kg (1.378 pound) and can be easily lifted by the specially mounted boulders. Afterwards you can drive the HotTug on a trailer to your favourite destination. (see more info)

Can I bring life jackets?
Yes, the US HotTug is standard equipped with a waterproof space, which is sealed with an aluminum hatch. In this space you can put an anchor, life jackets etc.
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I want to hire out the HotTug but I don’t not want to heat the stove hours in advance, is there another option?
Yes, a hot water system is available which fills the tub with hot water, but the stove still needs to be heated to keep the water warm during sailing.

Do you need to take any wood along when you’re sailing?
No, if the stove is hot enough, no additional wood is required. We have, however, noticed that people really enjoying stoking the stove with wood. So for extra fun, a basket of wood is advisable.

Do you need a special licence to sail the HotTug?
No, that’s not necessary.

Can’t it sink?
Thanks to its solid wooden construction the HotTug is safe and unsinkable. Being filled with water makes the HotTug extremely stable. So, no problems climbing in and out. You can even stand on the edge before plunging into the water outside.

What about waves?
HotTug handles waves pretty well. Its filled with water, so it just goes with the flow. The worst thing that can happen is a bit of cold water spilling over into the boat. We’ve sailed the sea to show you what happens. >> movie

Can the motor handle brackish or salt water?
The HotTug is equipped with Minn Kota RT 160 EM (dual), a special engine for salt water.

What about cleaning?
The HotTug can be cleaned with water and a cloth. If you want you cab use a domestic cleaning agent, green soap or (garden furniture) cleaner for polyester. We recommended only biodegradable products.