Why buy a kayak when you can score a floating picnic cottage? That’s right, you can’t justify it. So put that money away, save up a little more and look forward to scoring the Interactive Recreational Entertainment Vessel (iREV), a luxury party boat that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen on water.
Shaped like a donut, it looks like an oversized bumper boat with a hanging giant umbrella. Up to ten passengers can plop down comfortably along the seated walls, congregating at the table and grill in the middle. You heard that right – there’s a low-fire charcoal grill right smack in the center.
The iREV operates with an electric outboard motor (your choice of between 2 to 5 hp), which can push it along the water for up to 10 hours. To have a real party, you can stock booze and food along the four storage bins, as well as opt to have a full audio package installed (which includes marine-approved 500 watt speakers and satellite radio).
Billed by its creators as a “party barge,” the glorified amusement park boat lets you bring the party out of the shore and into the water. It’s being primped for a January 2010 debut at a $24,000 price. Looks cool, but $24,000 cool? Umm….