Behind The Cast: The Hot Tub Experience


One of the things Brian and I were most excited about the new place was having outdoor space. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had patios before, but all you could usually fit were a barbeque and a couple of chairs at most. Since the new place had more outdoor square footage to play with, we decided to invest in a hot tub.

Neither Brian and I had purchased one before so this whole process was new to us both. We narrowed down it down to two vendors. After checking both out, we decided to go with Beachcomber Hot Tubs. No disrespect to the other vendor, but the staff at Beachcomber was awesome. They answered all our questions and concerns without coming off swarmy. You know how you talk to certain sales people and you feel like taking a shower or getting a restraining order because they’re so far up your ass it’s creepy.

Once we weighed out all the pros/cons and options we decided to go with a seven-person hot tub. We went with a model with more jets and didn’t opt for bells and whistles like a built-in media system, waterfalls, or a fancy light system. The reason being is, with more options the likelihood of something breaking down is much higher.

Once ordered, we had to wait four weeks before it arrived. A month later, our sales guy called us letting us know that our hot tub was finished. Needless to say, we were both elated. Now we had to schedule our electrical guy to come over plus the delivery of the tub. Since we’re on top of a mid-rise, we had to resource someone who could crane it. Surprisingly the craning job was a lot cheaper than we had anticipated. It was cheaper because we weren’t 35 stories high, nor were we on a main artery with bus line cables or power lines in the way. The only thing that would be a problem was if we wanted the street blocked, we would have to apply for a permit to obstruct the street which would cause mucho dineros. Thankfully, we have street parking curbside so we had a plan. Two nights before the tub was coming, Brian and I parked our cars outside to reserve a spot big enough for the truck to back into.

When the day finally arrived, the craning and installation came off without a hitch. The rain even stopped during the entire process only to resume shortly afterward. The whole thing took about an hour to complete and took another 45 minutes to fill the tub. Our HOT electrician couldn’t come ’til Sunday to finish the completion so we had to wait another night. I wish I took a clear picture of our electrical guy. He was 6″2′, blue-eyes, curly brown hair and built like a hockey player- yummy. My parents who are building a house currently referred him to us- thanks mom.

We’ve had the hot tub for about two weeks now and have used it so much. I’ve never been a big user of them previously but I’ve really enjoyed having one so convenient. It’s become a part of our nightly ritual and quickly become one of our favorite things to do to unwind. With all the day’s distractions, it’s been nice for us just to sit back and have chat uninterrupted without phones, tv, internet or other things to impede us. It’s even better when it rains while we’re sitting in the tub. I can’t wait for it to snow.

Last night we even had friends come over for the first time after celebrating our friend, Colby’s birthday at the club. Patrick, Adam, Brian, myself and two other friends came over and chatted in the tub til 4:30am- it was awesome. At one point, it even drizzled.

Overall I’m extremely happy we purchased one and look forward to many more nights of enjoying the relaxation benefits the hot tub provides. I highly recommend getting one if the space provides, you won’t be disappointed.

Here are pics from the craning and the installation.


This was the best shot I could take of our hot electrician without being uber creepy- sigh.

  • bruin

    LOLLL!!!! Craned? i thought that was a joke when i read it. WOW. definitely different living in a high rise city!!!!!! (is this just a canadian thing? never heard of craning hot tubs in the US even in NY) And trust me, your 7 seat hot tub could fit about 25 people ; ) congrats! with vancouver’s weather a hot tub is an amazing investment im sure.

  • David Everhart

    Awesome! Beachcomber tubs are pretty good tubs. I work for a hot tub company here in Seattle. Though getting 25 people in a 7 person tub sounds fun, I wouldn’t recommend it. You know, acrylic shells are strong, but are expensive! So don’t put a ton of people in it. Or you will have to replace the shell…YUCK!

    And if they haven’t sold you on what chemicals to use. Opt for a bromine system and get a UV sanitizer. 🙂 That way you don’t have to deal with chlorine!

  • Hi David,

    Thanks so much for the suggesting a bromine system and a UV sanitizer. We’ll definitely look into it. Managing the chlorine has already proved tiresome. haha

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