Iguana Yachts: The World's First 'Cool' Amphibious Boat
Normandy, France. What was once the site of World War II’s most famous beach invasion has now become the epicenter of a seaside incursion of more stately affairs. Enter the Iguana Yachts, striking cruisers designed to cut swaths through ocean waves and traverse terra firma – any time of day, anywhere you want.
The vision came to company founder Antoine Brugidou after years of sailing the treacherous waters of the English Channel, which claim the second largest tides in the world and challenge even the most experienced of mariners. Unable to pinpoint an amphibious boat that matched his mental image, he decided to build one – and this is it.
Dubbed the Iguana 29, the yacht is more or less your standard luxury runabout, until you see its tank treads. On its side, the Iguana features a pair of rubber tracks that fold down out of the boat’s carbonfiber hull and allow the Iguana to span rocks, mud, sand, and gravel. If you can walk through it, so can the Iguana.
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The vessel’s treads, known as the Iguana Mobility System (IMS), are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to three hydraulic pumps, which raise and lower its legs and scoot the Iguana across land at a top speed of 4.5 miles per hour. When not in use, the IMS retracts into the hull and forms the Iguana’s rubber side-bumpers.
Thankfully, the Iguana 29 isn’t a one-act show. It mates that off-road ability with a 300-horsepower outboard motor, good for a top speed of around 35 knots. Measuring in length at 9.2 meters, the spacious Iguana 29 comes available in three trim levels – exclusive, classic, and adventure – tailored specifically to an owner’s interests.
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The high-end ‘exclusive’ trim features gold or platinum plated railings, prestigious French crystal, leather upholstery, and an all-in-one GPS and sound system. Underneath, the boat’s architecture utilizes marine-grade aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon fiber.
So forget driving to the marina and forget having to dock. Ideally, all you need is a gentle slope and an Iguana Yacht – the world is your boat ramp. Grey Poupon not included.
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