If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it. If you have questions about practical features or fuel consumption, you’ve got the wrong speedboat, but for playboys who want the ultimate showy runabout, the Aeroboat is the business.
The yacht designers at Claydon Reeves have used the heart of the World War II Spitfire fighter planes to hurl this boat along at up to 95 knots (109mph). The Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engines have been waterproofed and detuned to 1100 horsepower, and each of the 12 boats (only 12 will be built!) will come ‘documented provenance’ of its engine’s history.
The lightweight wooden veneer hides a carbon fibre shell to keep the weight down, while the aircraft-inspired controls and four shock-mounted seats add to the sensation of flying across the waves. Below deck and moulded into the bow of the boat, there’s a luxuriant bed that looks like something James Bond would share with a bottle of Bollinger La Grande Année and a deadly minx after saving the world. There’s a lavatory, too – but you’d have to think it can only be used when the boat is stationary!