Fly Through the Waves on the Spitfire Engine-Powered ‘Aeroboat’

Fly Through the Waves on the Spitfire Engine-Powered ‘Aeroboat’

With beautifully fluid lines influenced by both car and aeronautical design centred around the same Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine that powered Britain’s Spitfires to victory in World War II, the ‘Aeroboat’ salutes to the elegance of classic British styling and legendary engineering.

A team of designers from UK-based yacht design studio Claydon Reeves have produced a design for what could be one of the most impressive luxury superyacht tenders on the water. The ‘Aeroboat’ concept, which could be considered a yacht in its own right, was born from the notion of using a fighter plane engine to propel a power boat. Passionate about pushing the limitations of traditional precedents in yacht design, the studio decided to use Rolls Royce Merlin engine not only because of the potential power it was able to offer, but also because it is such an icon of British history and culture.

The 'Aeroboat' can reach speeds of 50 knots
The 'Aeroboat' design is inspired by the iconic Spitfire WWII fighter plane
The re-conditioned Rolls Royce Merlin engine


There are many ambitious and innovative designs created within the yachting industry that never manage to make it off of the drawing board, however the beauty of the ‘Aeroboat’ lies as much in its functionality as well as its aesthetics. At 15m/49, it is able to comfortable seat up to seven people while also offering luxurious interior living space, which according to the design drawings will consist of a stylish relaxation and seating area that can be customised to the Owner’s personal taste.

Inspired by the famous Spitfire fighter plane, the vessel will be created with a combination of super-sleek exterior lines with an exceptionally light structural composition of carbon fibre and lightweight wood veneer. The re-conditioned engines have been adapted for marine use with a bespoke gearbox and drive that will allow it to unleash between 1550 hp and 2500 hp, depending on what the client wants.
 

There are many ambitious and innovative designs created within the yachting industry that never manage to make it off of the drawing board, however the beauty of the ‘Aeroboat’ lies as much in its functionality as well as its aesthetics.

Luxurious Interior design for the 'Aeroboat'
Beautiful side profile design for the 'Aeroboat'
Detailed design drawings for the 'Aeroboat'


A model for the ‘Aeroboat’ was unveiled by Claydon Reeves during the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show and there are plans to build just ten of the exclusive superyacht tenders in total, each costing between £2.7 million and £3 million. Every ‘Aeroboat’ Owner will be able to have each detail created to their own specifications, from the engine to the exterior finishes, ensuring each one is as unique as the design itself. Ideal for charter guests looking to stand out from the crowd, the stunning styling of the ‘Aeroboat’ makes it perfect for whizzing from one prestigious port to another, whether it’s breakfast in St Tropez to lunch in Cannes and dinner in Antibes, all in the same day.

Top view design of the 'Aeroboat'

Since opening in 2010, the Hampshire-based design studio has become known for its innovative, fast, stable and fuel efficient concepts that are often influenced by car design. The team of exterior and interior yacht designers pride themselves on creating ‘unique and progressive designs through a tailored and flexible process’ and as such developing yachts that endure far into the future. The ‘Aeroboat’ certainly fits the brief, providing the functionality and speed that is so fundamental to an ever increasing superyacht Owner as well as the style and elegance associated with luxury yachting.

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