The Iguana Yacht: Part Speed Boat, Part Tank
On the water, the Iguana Yacht is a beautiful luxury speedboat, but as it approaches land, its hydraulic powered legs emerge and it ‘walks’ out of the water.
The idea for the innovative luxury runabout emerged from the English Channel, as company founder Antoine Brugidou was repeatedly challenged by the second largest tides in the world. His solution did not exist on the boat market, so he decided to get the amphibious boat built.
The Iguana Yacht was born, featuring a pair of rubber tracks that are lowered from the boat’s carbonfiber hull, allowing the vessel to travel around 800 meters on dry land at 4.5mph. The tank-like rubber tracks are named the Iguana Mobility System (IMS), and are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The boat’s land-crossing abilities are not a gimmick. Iguana Yachts’ sales manager Steve Huppert said:
All of our customers bought the yacht because they have a legitimate use for it, such as entering or exiting a waterfront property
Judged as a boat alone, the 9.2 metre Iguana Yacht boasts a 300-horsepower outboard motor able to reach a top speed of around 35 knots. The Iguana Yacht 29 is also availble with an ‘exclusive’ trim, consisting of gold or platinum plated railings, French crystal, leather upholstery, top-of-the-range GPS and sound system.
Watch the Iguana Yacht in action below.
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Article by Jack Bartrop