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It has been 10 years since the Iguana Mobility System was fitted to the first model in 2011. Built with a robust and simple mechanism, the IMS is made to last.

What is the Iguana Mobility System?

The Iguana Mobility System (IMS) is a retractable powertrain allowing 50HP propulsion via a combustion engine (hydraulic transmissions) or an electric motor (Li-ion battery).

For versatility and comfort, each track is made of eight pairs of wheels suspended on four carbon steel blades.

What makes this mobility system unique?

Our choice: the track system

  • All-terrain: our choice puts agility and motor functions before speed. The ground pressure is no more than ½ bar so you can go on soft ground without getting stuck. 
  • Agility: the tracks allow forward and reverse movement including spot turn, anything is possible. Importantly, the Iguana Mobility System has a 1 meter high ground clearance, allowing the Iguana to scale up to 22 degrees / 40% inclines on all surfaces.
  • Easy and robust: the tracks are operated independently, therefore there is no need for a complex steering system. Each track is connected to an unidirectional joystick so driving is child’s play.

Powertrain kinematics

  • Robustness: the dimensions of the aluminium structure and the hull link pins are engineered and tested to withstand excessive impact.
  • Precision: to achieve the perfect fitting of the IMS into the hull, the production team have developed specific tools and techniques. This ensures perfect alignement every time.
  • Discretion: the Iguana Mobility System is designed to fit perfectly into the hull without sacrificing the performance of the boat. It takes precision and experience to perfectly install the legs and ensure the hydrodynamics of the hull are maintained.
Antonin Groult

Antonin Groult

Chief Technical Officer at Iguana Yachts

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One of the many things that have improved in yachting over the last 20 years is safety, and with that, the time required for crew to rest. Of course the same amount of work needs to be completed each day so, what are the toughest jobs to fit into the day?

On deck at least, most will consider installing water slides a huge drain on time and resources but then there’s the beach setups to consider. When the call goes out that lunch or dinner will be on the beach, the groan from every crew member can be heard a mile away. It’s the task that doubles everyone’s work load. The chef’s preparation for transport and cooking ashore, to the service shifting the table dressings and the deck crew running tenders, tables and hard wear.

When the call goes out that lunch or dinner will be on the beach, the groan from every crew member can be heard a mile away. It's the task that doubles everyone's work load.

Anyone who’s had to get all this kit ashore while the swell is pushing the tender up the beach will know it can be a mammoth task. One crew member to helm, one to hold the bow while yet more crew make journey after journey through waist-deep water. Getting the supplies, the gazebo, the BBQ, and cooler ashore is a 3-5 person task and that still doesn’t get it done quickly. You’re looking at a big chunk on the morning taking your crew’s focus away from the other many important tasks.

I’m pleased to see beach landers have become increasingly popular and well-designed since my days running a deck team (pre-2010!). At the time, Iguana was delivering boat #1 and changing the rules when it comes to getting onto a beach.

How does 2 crew and 5 minutes sound? Even 1 crew if you’d like.

With an Iguana Amphibious Tender, that is truly all it takes.  Passing supplies, tables, chairs and beach toys down from the stable platform, conveniently parked next to your set up location, keeps the process quick, safe and efficient. The chefs carefully prepared platters are less likely to be dropped, the coolers of ice and champagne no longer need to be carried above your head through the waves, and most importantly the fatigue and risk injury to the crew are reduced to a minimum.

Beach landing, even with a sizable swell will never be the same again. If you need to see it to believe it, contact Iguana’s sales team today and book a private, COVID sensitive sea trial.

The guests and I had a great time with the Iguana X100. To be able to drop them off right outside the beach club restaurant was incredible, especially when such place tend to not have tender docks. The Iguana was comfortable and dry for the guests to be ferried to shore and back, another plus when dealing with high winds and expensive guest clothing.

How can an Iguana make it so easy?

  • Transport all supplies at once and land without getting wet.
  • Safely access remote beaches with no infrastructure. No need to anchor, a small piece of land is enough to disembark.
  • Keep your feet, supplies and guests dry thanks to the unique Iguana Mobility System.
  • There is no safer beach landing! 
  • The Iguana provides a roomy and steady platform perfect for all guests even those with limited mobility.
Paul Edmonds

Paul Edmonds

Former Captain on M/Y Harle
Superyacht Sales Manager at Iguana Yachts