Dreadnort Boats is a builder of boats, as you must’ve guessed, which came to be when Transformarine Naval Architects and Altech Marine started working together, with the explicit goal of creating “the next generation of boats, with no compromises on safety and quality.” So far, they seem to be doing a fine job at it, but in between boats, they also created a prototype for the POD, which is actually an acronym for Point Of Difference.
The POD is a pod (heh) that started out as a concept for a tsunami shelter, which experts from these two companies were tasked to design as part of a 2011 study. Further development turned it into the current POD, losing its tsunami-proof capabilities in the process, but earning a long list of others. Like, it can now be anything you’d need it to be – though not all of it at the same time.
The prototype sits on adjustable legs, off the ground by 3.9 inches (10 cm), with access done by means of a two-piece gullwing door with fold-down steps. The idea is to design future PODs in the same manner. Two 150-W solar panels rigged to a 200 Ah battery and a 350-W inverter provide power, and the interior comes with sockets and USB outlets, overhead lighting, and mood lighting.
Perhaps more impressive than the styling of the POD concept, or even this first prototype is the possible functionality of such a portable structure. Dreadnort says that it could be virtually anything, as long as money is not an issue, we assume. They plan to offer two standard sizes to better suit potential clients: a 7 x 3.1-meter (23 x 10-foot) version and the larger 9 x 4.5-meter (29.5 x 14.8-foot) model, but anything smaller or in between these two is also doable.
The POD could also work as a food stall or a mobile coffee shop, in which case different adjustments would be necessary. In one of the renders included in the gallery above, the POD features a small bar area, which would be appropriate if you’d plan on getting a mobile coffee shop that also offered snacks or a smoothie vending venue.
“After all, we do design boats!,” Dreadnort says, adding that the POD could also work as a houseboat, offering a much more eye-catching and perhaps sounder and more durable alternative to buying an old barge and doing the conversion yourself. This goes for all those downsizers who have recently found that life on a houseboat is much cheaper and admittedly more enjoyable than living in a city apartment or a house.
In short, the POD is off to a good start, so let’s hope we get to see it enter production.