The boat that’s more like a tank than a tender

The Iguana Classic 31 uses tracks rather than wheels, which make light work of soft terrain.

By Jeni Bone 08/01/2018

The go-anywhere Iguana Classic 31 made waves on its Australian debut (courtesy of sacsmarine.com.au) at the 2017 Sydney International Boat Show, hitting the mark with the adventurous and the ostentatious alike.

Made in Normandy, France, famous for its great swathes of sandy coastline, the Iguana range is the brainchild of company president and CEO Antoine Brugidou. The concept arose from his own need for easy access to his waterfront home, traversing shores of sand, mud, rock, grass and gravel.

More like a tank than a tender, the Iguana uses tracks rather than wheels, which make light work of soft terrain. There is no need for docking, no fenders and the landing gear retracts in eight seconds.

With a sturdy fibreglass hull and stainless steel and timber upper, the Iguana Classic 31 (iguana-yachts.com) is a great all-rounder, while the Adventure model is more robust and can handle tougher terrain, making it ideal for anglers or surfers needing to traverse rocky beachheads in search of a remote break or bombora.

The Iguana Expedition boasts a wave-piercing bow, deep-v hull and shock-mitigating seats. A new Commuter model, equipped with a cabin, shower, toilet and air-conditioning, will enable its owners to indulge in onboard sleepovers.

Then there’s the lavishly optioned Exclusive model, which offers owners gold- or platinum-plated fittings, ladder and rails, and the finest leather throughout.

On water, the Iguana can reach 40 knots, while on beaches and (private) roads it travels at a more leisurely 7km/h. Owners can let their imaginations run wild and design a unique Iguana with the online configurator, choosing from a selection of decking, seating, windshields, sunroofs, tables, watersport poles, rails, motors and more.

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