The trimaran is a curious watercraft. It has the width (or beam) and, consequently, stability of a wide single-hulled boat, yet the modest displacement and svelte proportions of a narrow single-hull. It also has a modest draft and no need for a weighted keel, meaning it can navigate fairly shallow waters.
Unfortunately, those two outrigger hulls (also known as amas, while the main hull is known as the vaka; these names are derived from the Maylay and Micronesian words for these same components on early catamarans and trimarans) also make a trimaran take up more space at the marina. As a result, several boat designers and manufacturers equip their vessels with folding and/or retractable outriggers to ease docking. And when you’re talking about a trimaran as big as the yacht seen here, movable amas are pretty much a necessity.
Many boat builders have attempted to tie the automotive and boating worlds together over the years. Lots of wooden speedboats from the pre-World War II era featured car-like cockpit furnishings. We can name a few boats that have been modeled after Corvettes (the sports car, not the light naval cruiser). And who can forget Mauro Lecchi’s Lamborghini-inspired yacht?
Now, respected Miami-based boat designer Luiz de Basto has penned a 55-foot yacht inspired by Aston Martin’s current product lineup. And rather than just sprinkling a few Aston Martin styling cues here and there and painting the whole thing up in the company’s traditional racing colors and calling it a day, de Basto has devised something that truly looks like an Aston Martin boat. Make the jump and see what we mean.
Supercars are great for going fast and looking cool on land, but what if you want to do the same on the water? Why, you buy a long, slender and stupendously speedy powerboat, of course. But with so many competition-inspired (and in some instances, competition-proven) vessels from which to choose, how do you know which ones are really worth your (hundreds of thousands of) hard-earned bucks? By looking at the list that follows after the jump, silly. Think of it as the Tubbs and Crockett of the high-end powerboat buyer, ridding the streets of your mind from the criminal element known as indecision.
(Speaking of everyone’s favorite pastel-wearing lawmen, you might want to click here for a short but appropriate aural companion for this list to set the scene of this breed of watercraft’s glory days of cruising Biscayne Bay, weekend blasts to Key West and nocturnal pick-up and delivery of Latin American “pharmaceuticals.”)