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March 2nd, 2012 by

The Race to Get the First Hot Tub Boat

Posted by Steven Humphrey on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

This “rivalry” that Portland supposedly has with Seattle is a joke. We’re better in practically every conceivable way, and they know it. HOWEVER! It has come to my attention (via Bethany over at Slog) that Seattle is on the cusp of getting… THEIR OWN “HOT TUB BOAT” COMPANY. Hot Tubs! Inside a boat! That you can ride around in!

hot tub boats

I think Hot Tub boats are a great idea – combining two wonderful past times. They drain easily, but if you want to keep it full, we make custom Hot Tub Boat Covers, to keep the hot. Fun for all ages – I’m thinking about getting my own hot tub boat!

From the Hot Tub Boats site:

Imagine navigating the waters of Lake Union with sweeping views of the Seattle skyline while lounging in a luxurious soaking tub.
The boat can accommodate up to six persons while underway, and eight at dockside. It is powered by an almost silent electric motor at approximately 4 to 6 knots. Each hot tub boat is equipped with built in dry storage and two coolers.

The Hot Tub Boat Company also rents their spa boats, in Seattle.

What follows is a slightly amended speech first made by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

Now it is time to take longer strides—time for a great new Portland enterprise—time for this Portland to take a clearly leading role in Hot Tub Boat achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth. Recognizing the head start obtained by the Seattlites with their advanced Hot Tub Boat technology, which gives them many months of lead-time, and recognizing the likelihood that they will exploit this lead for some time to come in still more impressive successes, we nevertheless are required to make new efforts on our own.

I believe that this Portland should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of sending a man onto the river in a Hot Tub Boat and returning him safely to the land.
We choose to build a hot tub boat. We choose to build a hot tub boat in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard!


These are a lot of fun – we rented one on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. We fished too!

- Jack

In Search Of The Perfect Hot Tub

January 3rd, 2012 by

It’s wintertime, the season of frozen lawns, iced over windshields, and snow blowers. Certainly, the winter months can get some people down; but if there’s one thing that can lift the damper from your winter blues, it’s a hot tub. Getting a hot tub is great for everyone; couples, families, bachelor pads, and even those in therapy – but buying a hot tub is a complex decision, and there are tons of factors that come into choosing the perfect tub.

Fortunately, this new hot tub comparison site lets you sift through over 100 different hot tubs, helping narrow down your options by what matters most to you. The free tool published by comparison engine FindTheBest, lets you filter through hot tubs by brand, maximum capacity, features, price, tub type, and more.

Looking for a smaller tub with remote control and Ozone purification? Just choose these options in the comparison and see which hot tubs meet your needs. Maybe you’re looking for a tub with lower water consumption and LED multicolor lighting – that’s fine too – just adjust the water capacity filter, and see what tubs pop up in the search results.

Finally, once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can even compare hot tubs in a side-by-side format in order to really get down to the details. Check out this side-by-side comparison of 3 Deluxe Hot Tubs:


If you and your family are considering making a hot tub purchase, make sure to give this new tool a quick look. Whether you’re looking for a smaller tub that can be powered by a solar powered heater, or a larger party tub, it’s a decision worthy of some extensive research.

- Jack

HGTV Chooses Bullfrog Spas 662 for Dream Home Design

December 14th, 2011 by

HGTV Features Bullfrog Spas Hot Tub and SpaVault in Dream Home Design


HGTV, the leader in home and garden, landscape design, and interior design programming features a Bullfrog Model 662 in their 2012 Dream Home.


Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) December 14, 2011

HGTV, the leader in home and garden television programming, recently featured a Bullfrog Spa Model 662 and the Bullfrog Spas SpaVault below-ground installation kit in their 2012 Dream Home.

HGTV has designed and built a Dream Home each year since 1997. No detail is overlooked in these impressive designs and each is built with a unique style that fits with the region and local surroundings. In addition, the Dream Home will be given away to a lucky sweepstakes entrant.

The HGTV website displays information, video, an interactive tour of the home, and a large image gallery, which of course includes many beautiful images of the hot tub deck and Bullfrog Spa.

The Dream Home designers chose a Bullfrog Spas Model 662 hot tub, which is an 8’ x 8’ spa with a seating capacity of 6 adults. The Model 662 offers a variety of seating options, including a comfortable bent-knee lounge seat and it features personalized massages via 6 JetPaks.

Only Bullfrog Spas offer patented JetPak Technology. JetPaks are interchangeable jetted seat backs. Each JetPak provides a unique massage sensation. JetPaks allow the Bullfrog Spa owner to customize their hot tub with the jetted massages of their choice at any time according to their massage therapy needs and preferences.

The hot tub deck on the 2012 Dream Home was built using a SpaVault, a unique Bullfrog Spas product. The SpaVault allows the builder or experienced do-it-yourself homeowner to install a Bullfrog Spa below ground or partially in the ground according to landscape design needs. A below ground hot tub in a SpaVault makes it easier to get in and out of the spa and provides open sight lines in your landscape design. SpaVault also provides easy equipment access and protection from the elements.


HGTV has become a popular TV show, and they are able to barter their influence with donated products from large manufacturers. Bullfrog spas knows how to work PR campaigns, and has supported many events, causes and efforts with their hot tubs.

- Jack

Relieving Mesothelioma Pain Through Aquatic Therapy

November 21st, 2011 by


Relieving Mesothelioma Pain Through Aquatic Therapy

By: Jackie Clark


mesotheliomaMesothelioma is a rare and severe form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. According to The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, 2,500 – 3000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. There is no cure, but there are effective treatments. Standard medical treatments for mesothelioma may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. However, there are alternative, or complementary, forms of treatment that can also relieve pain, increase energy, and improve the quality of life for mesothelioma patients.

One such option is aquatic or spa therapy. Therapists have long recommended aquatic therapy for people with a variety of conditions and injuries. In recent years, evidence has shown that this soothing form of therapy is also beneficial to mesothelioma patients. Common symptoms of mesothelioma include fatigue, difficulty breathing, and pain in the chest and ribs areas. Several aspects of aquatic or hydrotherapy work to in conjunction with each other to combat these painful symptoms. The warm water relaxes sore muscles and joints and reduces pain sensitivity and muscle spasms. The buoyancy of the water increases mobility and stimulates the muscles and nerves. Hydrostatic pressure relieves muscle pain and tension. The water surface tension creates enough resistance to gradually and gently strengthen weakened muscles. Patients recovering from surgery often heal faster with aquatic therapy because the low-impact movement in the water allows for earlier weight-bearing activities.

Another benefit of aquatic therapy is the renewed body, mind, and spirit. Relieving stress and improving one’s life outlook is critical for people facing cancer or any serious condition. The painful symptoms and the uncertainty of life with a mesothelioma diagnosis can take a toll on the patient’s emotional and mental well being. The relaxing and low-impact nature of aquatic therapy can work wonders at restoring a patient’s confidence in the ability to heal.

Patients should consult their physician for the best treatment options. An effective mesothelioma treatment plan both fights the cancer in the body and restores balance and calm to the mind. Ultimately, a combination of traditional medical treatments and complementary treatments like aquatic therapy can improve a patient’s prognosis and potentially increase the mesothelioma life expectancy. Healthier minds and spirits lead to healthier bodies.

Help support cancer research: The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance will donate $1 to cancer research every time someone simply “Likes” their page on Facebook.

For additional information on the mesothelioma, visit

jackie-clarkJackie Clark joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2009 as research assistant after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in fitness and nutrition. Jackie’s experience in technical and medical research has allowed her to assist in the development of medical content and outreach efforts, with specializations in alternative care, cancer support programs, and social media campaigns.

Hot Tub Child Safety

October 31st, 2011 by

I recently read Skye Cardona‘s Hot tubbin’ toddlers.

It was an article about seeing children in a hot tub and her concern for the health impact on the child.


“While the rules only state that a child under the age of 14 should not be in the spa unsupervised, I highly doubt that long exposure to the high temperatures of a hot tub can be safe for a toddler.”

Which spurred me to do a little checking. Truth is I could not find much on the subject and have never ran across any data showing the impact of hot tubs on children.

The only data I found related to children is a constant safety concern regarding drowning, which cant be taken lightly, given the thousands of terrible accidents which have happened.  Most of all which could have been avoided with locking spa covers.

So absent good data, I am left with my own experience. My children grew up around hot tubs, and used them for more than the pool. Their friends used our spa, the dog used it, the whole neighborhood used it.

The kids had parties in hot tubs, they pretended they were space ships, and we enjoyed lots of family time in the hot tub. I think Mom even used the hot tub as a occasional quick bath on return from the beach.

My point is, sure they got a little over heated when they spend more than 15 minutes in them, but they also got out when they were hot.  As for toddlers, I think a parent has to use common sense.  When yours kid’s cheeks are as red as apples, its time to get out of the hot tub.

Just my opinion, no facts here other than my kids love the hot tub! Here’s some advice on Hot Tub Safety and how to have a safe spa around your home.

  1. Always have adult supervision when children are using the spa. Never allow them to use it alone.
  2. Keep a locking spa cover on the spa when the hot tub is not in use.
  3. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  4. Don’t allow children to jump into the spa.
  5. Check your drain covers, to be sure they are secure.
  6. Persons with recent diarrhea should not use the spa.
  7. Showering and washing well before using the spa will help prevent waterborne illness.
  8. Limit time in the tub. 5-15 minutes at a time.


Hot Tub Lodges

October 26th, 2011 by


Learn About Locating Lodges With Hot Tubs

October 26, 2011 By

grandcabin-hottub-view-summerMany people today like to take their vacation using various ways to relax. Lodges with hot tubs can be found if you understand how to find them. You may find that you need to call the location directly to find the information however.

Finding lodges with hot tubs can be an easy process. If you are seeking individual rooms that have this feature, you will likely find that it is openly advertised on their website as well as in their printed information. However, as the demand increasing during peak vacation periods, you will find that the availability is significantly decreased.

Many times you will find that locations that offer this service also have indoor pools. If you are seeking this type of service within the individual rooms, you will find that many times this is advertised on the organization’s website or advertisement in the phone book. This allows you to select from the various providers simply by visiting their site or looking at their advertising.

The choice of a hot tub is made for a variety of reasons. Some people prefer this feature just as a way to relax and unwind. Others may choose this feature to help ease stiff and sore muscles after a long trip.

If the area you are planning to travel to offers things such as spa service, you are likely to find that they will also have these features as well. It is quite common that an organization that advertises rooms for a honeymoon will also have this service in the room. Again, it is important to remember that these rooms are limited and there is a great demand for the service.

Lodges with hot tubs are widely available today. However, due to the number of people looking for this type of accommodation, it can be difficult to find a vacancy. Planning ahead and booking early will be very helpful for this issue for most people. Occasionally you may be able to find the features you want for a last minute reservation.

When you need a great break you should look at log cabin holidays a great experience and if you want you can get lodges with hot tubs which is very VIP.

Workers Comp Buys Hot Tub

July 20th, 2011 by
Saw this article and thought it was sharing – Worker’s Compensation is a big issue here in California, especially for cash strapped employers! I hate to see abuses of any system, but when a spa is involved, it’s hard not to take notice. Enjoy ~
By Cheryl Ross
The Virginian-Pilot
© July 20, 2011


6-person-spaThe Portsmouth school division is no longer on the hook for an employee’s six-seater hot tub.

On Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals reversed a Workers’ Compensation Commission decision requiring that the division pay for a $5,200 spa pool for Harvey Maurice Harris, an employee who injured his left shoulder in September 2005, a court document says.

Harris, a bus driver, has been employed with Portsmouth schools since 2005. Attempts to reach Harris for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful. His attorney, John H. Klein, declined to comment because he said he had not seen the court’s decision. Audrey Marcello, attorney for the school division, did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday afternoon.

According to an appeals court document, Dr. Felix Kirven prescribed a tub for Harris about three years after he was injured. The same day, the document says, Harris asked claims adjuster Wyvette Johnson whether he would be reimbursed for it, and Johnson said he would not. The next day, Johnson received a copy of Harris’ spa pool prescription from the doctor’s office. Soon after, Harris bought a $5,200 six-person spa pool, according to the document.

Four days later, the adjuster inquired in writing whether Harris could receive therapy at a center, but Kirven did not respond, the document says, and the adjuster did not investigate further.

Kirven had not recommended the particular spa pool Harris bought, the document says, and Harris “testified he later saw smaller spa pools that seated fewer than six people.”

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission backed up the deputy commissioner’s decision that the division should pay for a spa pool because employers are “to provide necessary medical treatment for a compensable injury, including any appliances prescribed by the claimant’s treating physician.”

Further, the commission “noted the record contained no evidence from Dr. Kirven that other forms of water therapy, rather than a six-person home spa pool, would have been equally helpful or available to claimant.”

But the state appeals court found otherwise.

“There is certainly no evidence that claimant needed to purchase a six-person hot tub for his home,” Judge Robert P. Frank wrote. “Dr. Kirven’s prescription did not call for a ‘home’ spa pool, nor did it call for a spa pool capable of seating six people. In other words, he was never prescribed this specific appliance.”


Well, if you can get someone else to pay for a 6-person hot tub, wouldn’t you?

- Jack

The Best Hot Tub for Your Home

July 15th, 2011 by

The Best Hot Tub for Your Home

hot-tub-homeOne of the many benefits of having a hot tub at home is the absolute pleasure that it provides. What I mean by this is, you can relax and soak in your private water for as long as you would like, in the comfort of your own home. It really doesn’t get much better than that. It is the closest thing to a professional spa treatment, and you do not have to share the water with anyone else!

Hot tubs are recommended by sports doctors as well to loosen the tendons and muscles of the body. If your body is constantly being stressed, worked out, manually pushed, having a hot tub is by far one of the most beneficial purchases you can make. Some even suggest regular hot tub use speeds up the metabolism and provides quicker weight loss.

There are various types of whirlpools or hot tubs and it is important to find one that suits your personal needs. If you prefer the traditional design, then you would use a wooden spa. These are not as common as today’s modern jetted tubs but are very relaxing. The wooden pattern accommodates 4-8 people depending on the size you choose. These are very common in Asian culture and are starting to becoming more popular once again. hot-tub

It is important to understand that these are not intended for high chemical use and draining the water more often is a common difference between the wood barrel hot tubs versus today’s more modern acrylic style. The water that is in these wooden hot tubs is heated by electricity or gas. Occasionally the wooden hot tubs have a steel lining the inside of the hot tub or spa. These hot tubs can be placed both indoors and outdoors, but it is recommended if outdoors, it is important to shelter them from the outside elements of rain, snow, hail, etc

Acrylic portable spa

The other type of hot tub is the stand alone spa, encased in wood or plastic cabinet, with an acrylic interior mold. These are suitable for any climate and are the most popular hot tub purchased today. These hot tubs are equipped with power jets for pulsating water, and again massage muscles and tendons. In layman’s terms, they help our body heal and relax.

These spas come in all shapes and sizes, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to shopping for your application. You need to determine how many will use the spa at once, how often, do you want to lay, sit, swim, etc. There are two person hot tubs, four, six, and eight… as you can see, you need to determine what will work best for you.

The bigger the spa, the bigger the hot tub covers. This is something to consider also. Companies can manufacture the hot tub cover to suit your needs but it is important to understand the different qualities of hot tub cover, and what size your hot tub is.  Remember, when it is time to buy a hot tub, determine who will use the cover, and how often.


Hot Tub Consumer Reviews

July 7th, 2011 by

hot-tub-spa-consumer-reviewsHot Tub Owner Satisfaction Survey

A project we have started more than five years ago is coming close to completion.

We have over 250,ooo hot tub owners in our data base and when we started asking the questions like, ” would you buy the same brand again?” or “how would you rate the dealer service?” it was interesting what we found.


Not ready to publish the full report, but here are some the highlights:

62% of hot tub owners would buy again.

12% of the hot tub owners felt like the received “good” service from the local spa dealer.

47% would buy the same hot tub brand again

72% Hot Spring Spa owners would buy another Hot Spring Spa

61% Sundance Spas owners would buy another Sundance Spa

20% Jacuzzi Hot Tub Owners would buy another Jacuzzi (includes many owners which bought via Home Depot)

79% Costco Hot Tub buyers were happy with their purchase (surprise)

40% Hot Tub Owners use their hot tub 2 times per week.

Those are some of the highlights from the little bit of research. What was clear is hot tub owners use the hot tubs and most enjoy them. Local dealer satisfaction is low and suggests a big opportunity, but most good dealers know this fact already.

I’ll post more results of our hot tub owner satisfaction survey in the coming weeks.


Thanks,   Jerry



Why a Hot Tub? Benefits to Spa Ownership

June 28th, 2011 by

Benefits of Hot Tubs and Spas

benefits-to-spa-ownershipHot tubs are beneficial from all possible aspects and have proven to be a good investment for families. They have therapeutic and health related advantages and are a good source of water therapy. Hot tubs solve problems related to stress, such as insomnia or bodily aches and pains. Thus they serve well for patients of arthritis. Relaxing in a hot tub serves as a pain reducer and also releases euphoric feelings by releasing endorphins in the relaxer’s body. Therefore, it is also beneficial for patients of depression.

By increasing circulation in the blood, hot tubs also work well with injured people by helping in quicker rehabilitation of injured parts of the body. Surprisingly enough, it has also been scientifically proven that hot tubs may serve to curb diabetes by reducing sugar levels in blood. Besides being used as an ultimate means of relaxation, hot tubs may also be used for rowing, swimming, yoga and other forms of exercise.

Other than health benefits, one can also look at financial benefits of investing in a hot tub. Firstly, since hot tubs are often suggested by doctors to patients of depression, arthritis, insomnia etc, if bought along with a doctor’s prescription, one can undertake a much lower sales tax on a hot tub. Secondly, if you decide to buy a portable hot tub, contrary to widely held beliefs, you will not experience an increase in your property tax. Lastly, a hot tub can act as a major advantage when your house is out on the market searching for possible buyers. Real estate agents generally claim that houses with hot tubs definitely attract many more buyers than usual, thus proving to be quite an asset in the long run, even after you are done using it!

Hot tubs are a much better option as compared to general hot favorites such as swimming pools. This is because all the other alternatives are hardly used throughout the year, especially during winter, autumn and spring. While hot tubs are used much more often, especially in areas with colder and longer winters. They are also useable during hot summers to cool off by simply reducing the temperature of the water in the hot tubs.

So, hot tubs prove to be an easy to use, low maintenance asset to you all year round. Other than putting one’s money to full use, hot tubs are a much more affordable option than pools, RV’s, or home remodeling projects.

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