This Amphibious Tender Lets You Drive On To The Beach
The Iguana Day Limo was designed to shuttle guests from yachts onto deserted beaches.
Amphibious craft has long been the stuff of spy films, with the likes of James Bond forcing a sports car to swim at the press of a button, leaving villains and henchmen frustrated on the shoreline.
Making movie magic a reality, the Iguana Day Limo is as cool as any gadget from Q’s lab, and should soon start making its way aboard superyachts desiring an authentic luxury landing craft – easily transforming from boat to land-vehicle (with tank-like treads) with the flip of a switch.
The Day Limo comes from humble beginnings. Nine years ago, Iguana Marine began making boats for beachfront homeowners that were amphibious, meaning that a retractable set of wheels would allow them to drive right onto the beach. Before long, superyacht owners — especially those who frequented remote areas with spotty dockage — started snapping up Iguanas as tenders.
“It’s a very specific market with very specific needs, so we decided to build a boat for that specific purpose,” Steve Huppert, sales director, told Robb Report. “We talked to captains and people in the industry to design the ultimate superyacht tender.”
The Day Limo is designed with multiple innovations. For starters, there’s the amphibious factor. The roller treads extend and retract at the push of a button, much like an aeroplane’s landing gear, and two joysticks provide steering. This gear provides an easier and cleaner way to get from boat to beach.
“We’ve always built boats first,” notes Huppert. “The capability to go on land is a great safety feature, but it’s a bonus, not the focus.”
Once the Day Limo slinks back into the water, it’s back at home. With either a single inboard diesel or twin 250-hp outboards, the boat reaches a top speed of close to 80km/h. It can even pull wakeboarders or race jet skis. Guests are seated on the twin benches. If inclement weather suddenly appears, a retractable canopy pops up to fully enclose the area, keeping the passengers warm and dry. Each side of this “dodger,” as Iguana calls it, operates independently and deploys in four positions, offering a full range of protection.
In all, the 9-metre craft’s open layout can accommodate 12 passengers. The bench seats in the cockpit have armrests and cupholders, while drawers under the benches store shoes and personal items. Up front, in-deck stowage can hold six suitcases. There is even a fridge hidden in the console to keep cold drinks on hand.
All closed up, the Day Limo is less than six-feet tall, meaning it can slip into most onboard garages. A handy feature if you have to make a quick getaway, even while wearing a tux.