The Amphibian

An Iguana Commuter can go from water to land seamlessly--and look really cool doing it.

Iguana Yachts tend to stand out. Especially when they’re standing up. Wait, what? If you’ve not seen one, the fi rst thing to know about them is they’re amphibious. They can roll across the ground on tanklike treads, which deploy in less than 10 seconds, so boat owners with a lakefront property can drive the boat to a covered spot off the water, at about 5 mph. At boat shows, Iguana models are typically on the docks, positioned up on their treads.

The newest Iguana is called the Commuter, and it’s a 31-foot dayboat with some performance chops, reaching up to 42 knots with 400 hp, either twin 200 hp outboards or a single 400 (350 hp is standard). The Sport model is the more socially versatile of the two choices — Limo is the other — thanks to a C-shaped aft settee that can seat six people. Its forward section’s backrest is adjustable, able to move forward and aft and allow passengers to face forward with the captain and copilot or face aft and be part of a conversation pit. A refrigerator is hidden beneath it.

The twin captain’s chairs are shock-mitigating models, one of which fronts a helm that includes two 10-inch multifunction displays and engine controls. The hardtop is adjustable. It rests atop the three-sided windshield to keep the helm dry and protected from the wind, but it raises up to allow the breeze to blow through on temperate days. A hardtop extender is optional.

Adding even more versatility is a cabin with a head. The V-berth can serve as a bed or be rearranged slightly to seat a small group of people.

An optional ski pole brings watersports into the picture, and when it comes time to make a landing, an underwater camera shows the driver what’s happening. The Commuter starts north of $700K, so it’s not for everyone, though everyone will stare at it.
Iguana Yachts, iguana-yachts.com

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