When I think of shipping containers, I think of season 2 of The Wire. That’s the one with the dock workers and the duck that gets drunk, but more importantly, the 13 dead people in a shipping container. It’s a gnarly image, and unquestionably the worst use of a shipping container ever.
I bring this up mainly because I wanted an excuse to go watch clips of The Wire on YouTube, but also to give you a reference point so you’ll better appreciate the BEST use of a shipping container ever. That would be Modpools, a Canadian company that utilizes the “structural rigidity” of a modified cargo container to provide users with a “relocatable hot pool.” You can set up your pool within minutes, enjoy it year-round and tweak the temperature up to 30 degrees per hour right from your phone.
Now, you may bristle at the price ($26,900), but the company says that’s about half of what a traditional in-ground pool would cost you. And I’ve never bought a pool before, so that sounds fair to me. Plus, you can install a Modpool anywhere you want and easily relocate it if you have to move and would like to transport your $26,900 shipping container pool to your next place of residence.
My favorite thing about the Modpool, and I have many, is that you can also convert your pool into a hot tub (and back again) by adding a simple divider. Modpools’ website touts this feature with the headline, “Hot Tub Time Machine,” which doesn’t really make any sense given the context, but is a reference to a semi-popular movie from several years ago and thus proof that I’m in good , hip hands when I order a Moodpool of my own.