New Zealand-based Dreadnort Boats, recognized for its watercraft production, has recently unveiled a distinct multi-use portable structure called the POD, which boasts a unique design resembling a fusion of Tesla’s Cybertruck and a UFO. The company, born from a collaboration between Transformarine Naval Architects and Altech Marine, has developed a versatile and portable structure that is bound to make heads turn.
The name POD stands for “Point Of Difference,” which is fitting considering its unique design and functionality. The concept of the POD was initially conceived in 2011 as a case study, where the designers were challenged with creating a tsunami shelter that could double as a boat or trailer. While the POD is not intended to be tsunami-proof due to its large windows, it is designed to serve multiple purposes, including acting as a portable office space.
The current prototype of the POD is constructed from 5-mm marine-grade aluminum plating and 6-mm toughened safety glass windows. It measures 5.1 x 2.5 x 2.5 meters (200 x 98 x 98 inches), has a plan-view area of 9.4 square meters (101 square feet), offers maximum interior headroom of 201.5 cm (79 inches), and weighs slightly over 1 tonne (1.1 US tons).
Dreadnort claims that the V-shaped seating areas in the prototype can accommodate up to 12 adults, with additional under-seat storage compartments and two drop-down tables that can be fitted with cushions to double as beds. The POD is transported on a boat trailer and is equipped with lifting lugs on the roof, allowing it to be hoisted by a crane or helicopter.
When positioned, the main body of the POD rests on four adjustable-height jacks up to 10 cm (3.9 inches) above the ground. Occupants can enter and exit the POD through a two-piece gull-wing door, which features fold-down steps. Although the POD can be connected to a local electrical grid, it comes with two 150-watt solar panels that charge a 200-Ah deep cycle battery. Additionally, a 350-watt inverter can be utilized to power a laptop or TV, and two 12-volt DC sockets are available for small appliances like a refrigerator. The POD also has two USB outlets for charging electronic devices.
The prototype offers three light circuits, which include overhead interior lighting, foot-level interior mood lighting, and exterior lighting over the entrance, as well as a Fusion Panel-Stereo. Dreadnort naval architect Blair Lewis states that the company is developing several other layouts for the POD, allowing it to be used as a camping trailer, mobile food or coffee kiosk, tiny house, or even a houseboat. The company is also open to custom-designing PODs based on clients’ requirements and preferences.
The cost of a fully finished POD varies depending on the setup and amenities, with prices starting at NZ$98,000 (approximately US$61,360). With its unique design and multi-functionality, the POD is set to revolutionize portable structures and cater to a wide range of uses in various industries.
Source: Dreadnort Boats