Tag Archives: Powerboats
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.”)
One of the best ways to announce to the world that your ship has come in is to, er, buy one. But you come to Sub5Zero to read about cars (and perhaps the occasional helicopter), not boats. Besides, even if you do have a luxury yacht or other fancy vessel and a berth in the Hamptons or on the French Riviera, you’re going to need some way to get around on terra firma. What if there was a way to get a cool car that matched your cool boat? Better yet, what if you could carry said cool car inside said cool boat so you’d have wheels wherever you dropped anchor?
Strand-Craft is proposing just such a watercraft, the 122 Open. Measuring 38 meters (124.7 feet) in length, the 122 Open will feature a pair of MTU diesel engines sending a combined 9,400hp through a pair of Rolls-Royce jet drives. Not enough, you say? Strand-Craft will install a third “booster” engine good for another 5,100 ponies if you so desire. The company says that will help the 122 Open reach a top speed of 55 knots (63 mph), which is very quick for a 120 ton motor yacht…with a garage.
For whatever reason, manufacturers of high-performance cars and makers of go-fast boats have been cozying up more and more lately. The latest match concerns Mercedes-Benz and Cigarette Racing who announced their love affair at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show last week. The result of that union is a 46 foot custom race boat inspired by the SLS AMG Gullwing Supercar.
The Cigarette 46′ Rider sports a pair of twin-turbocharged 552 cubic-inch Mercury Racing engines cranking out 1,350 horsepower each. Top speed is believed to be north of 130 mph, which is pretty insane for a seafaring vessel. This boat features AMG ALUBEAM silver paint, which was hand applied to cover the body like a “metallic skin.” And the AMG logo was added using contrasting AMG Designo Mystic White metallic paint.
Just after announcing the Porsche Design Royal Falcon Fleet RFF135 Catamaran, we bring you news of Lancia’s latest aquatic endeavor. All of a sudden it seems like a torrent of auto companies have jumped in the water. We’re just glad that supermodel Catrinel came along for the maiden voyage to help present the first ever Lancia powerboat. This company, known for a long line of solid performing race cars and rallying, was joined by several other top notch Italian firms to bring this offering to market. Sacs, who produces luxury RIBs, Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) who builds “best in class” engines and Martini, who often partners up with Lancia in motorsports, joined top boat designer Christian Grande in this effort.