Now that’s what we call a Wet Bar!
Excuse me, is that a tiki bar floating down the New River?
With its thatched roof, the quirky craft resembles something straight out of TV’s “Gilligan’s Island” and has been turning heads among onlookers and other boaters since hitting the water in February.
The octagon-shaped dinghy is the creation of Fort Lauderdale resident Greg Darby, 65, who built the vessel for jaunts along the New River and Intracoastal Waterway, with his wife, Karen, and friends.
“Our neighbors say our tiki fell into the water,” said Greg Darby, jokingly. “It’s a complete tiki bar. It’s a heck of a lot of fun.”
The boat’s foundation consists of 55-gallon drums that “maintain the smoothness,” said Darby, who grew up boating in Fort Lauderdale. “It doesn’t rock and roll. Our litmus test is that we haven’t spilled a beer.”
The vessel measures about 15 feet wide and long and can carry eight to 10 people, he said. A 30-horsepower Suzuki outboard engine can make it go as fast as 10 knots, creating a small wake.
Inside, there’s a round wet bar made of bamboo, with columns made of cypress wood, pine decking, bar stools and a wooden captain’s wheel. Coasters read: “Welcome to our Tiki Bar.”