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Safe at Sea: The Iguanas — on land and water

By PAT SCHMIDT - | Oct 6, 2020


BoatTEST (https://boattest.com) has always provided a parade of newly designed boats of every conceivable size, power, purpose and luxury. Literally, it highlights a boat for every consumer, regardless the size of their pocketbook or the body of water on which they’ll boat.

However, one particular vessel sent me scurrying online to learn more: the Iguana Amphibian.

Designed to simplify beach landings, the Iguana defies description. According to its manufacturer, the approximately 30-foot long “machine” is equipped with an hydraulically-deployed nylon track system. “The boat design came first, with the track adaptation following, so the boats perform well at sea with the extraordinary ability to climb ashore or return to the sea,” it states.

The fact that Iguana boats are first designed as capable sea boats and have amphibious qualities is what truly sets them apart.

The Iguana Yachts’ original model is a center console with fold-out treads that allows the boat to “walk” just about anywhere a human could walk. At sea, the Iguana’s tracks fold up and recess into the hull’s sides.

The first Iguana Yacht was launched in 2011 by Antoine Brugidou, who set out to create a boat with land and water capability. Back in 2011, the boat successfully achieved 35 knots on water and 4.5 mph on land. The original Iguana — a center console — accommodated eight people, but now comes in three models designed on the same hull.

The latest model, the X100, is based on a rigid inflatable design, but provides the same mission: unhindered sea performance and the ability to climb in and out of the ocean.

Of course, the novelty of the Iguana does not come cheaply. The base price (standard Iguana) will cost approximately $400,000.

However, if you searching for a boat that will surely turn the heads of everyone at the marina, the Iguana promises to deliver.

Pat Schmidt is a member of America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva. For more about the chapter and its boating education courses, visit www.sancapboating.club or contact education@sanibelcaptivasps.org or 612-987-2125.