Yes this is indulgent, but who can resist these beauties… 10 of the world’s sexiest boats. Prepare for some drooling!
(1) Wally 118
Despite the peculiar name, Wally Yachts are spectacularly desirable – and the fleet’s flagship takes the marque’s merits to the extreme. With 17,000hp on tap courtesy of three gas turbines, the astonishing 118 can hit 60 knots with a softness of ride from the vertical, swell-slicing bow shape that enables you to spend long periods crossing vast seascapes at a serious lick – and in addition to outright performance, you also get a fine spread of high-end cruising luxuries. It is of course deliriously cool, but so is the rest of the Wally fleet – so if you want something slightly less ‘Robocop’, the gorgeous mid-range 55 is also a truly memorable boat.
(2) Riva 63 Virtus
There are two immutable truths in the world of powerboats. Firstly, open boats are more fun; and secondly, Riva is the brand we all secretly love the most. So when the venerable Riva Boatyard introduced the 63 Virtus as its largest open yacht, its place on the Top Ten list of every right-thinking powerboater was pretty much guaranteed. Based on the lines of the classic Vertigo model, it offers generous accommodation, two large sundecks and a garage for the tender – all drenched in a deliriously lovely cocktail of oak, polish, leather and smugness. Enough said.
(3) Goldfish 50 Ocean
While Goldfish is probably best known for its rip-snorting endurance RIBs (which won the 2011 Round Britain Race), its new flagship is a hard boat known as the 50 Ocean. Built as a fast offshore cruiser, it has already achieved critical acclaim by scooping the title of ‘European Powerboat of the Year’ – and you can see why. Even the standard rig (740hp sterndrives) offer 50-knot performance, and with twin 1,120hp FPTs running surface drives, the magic 60-knot mark is well within reach. With the styling and pedigree to operate as a superyacht tender or a very fine standalone cruiser, it’s a great way to spend a small fortune.
(4) Pershing 82
While the Pershing 80 was very successful, its replacement, the new 82, takes Pershing’s famous quality and packages it inside considerably sleeker, more sporting lines. Access to the new low-profile upper deck with its secondary helm position is provided by means of a carbon staircase with an automated hatch. Down below, things are equally high-end, with an array of extraordinarily plush Poltrona Frau furniture. And with a pair of 2,435hp MTU 16V M93 engines coupled to Sea Rex surface drives, this elegant 82-footer is capable of an ocean-munching top end of 45 knots and a cruising range in excess of 300 nautical miles. It’s a class act.
(5) Mochi Craft Dolphin 74 Cruiser
The Mochi Craft 74 Cruiser is a very practical boat, capable of taking 18 people 330 nautical miles at around 26 knots. It also has more spacious internals and a longer flybridge than the previous Maxi Dolphin model, plus four cabins, including a full-beam master suite. And yet what makes this boat so desirable is not its practicality but its sheer loveliness. The purity of the lines and the quality of the workmanship on this very sophisticated gentleman’s cruiser are absolutely first rate. And if the standard pair of MTU 10V 2000 M92 engines isn’t enough, you can even upgrade to twin MTU 10V 2000 M94s for a top end of around 32 knots.
Contact: Mochi Craft
(6) Azimut 62S Italia
This reworking of one of Azimut’s most famous and successful boats is designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification – and it really is a delight. As well as a much better helm arrangement than the original 62S, the Italia features a very effective rearrangement of the lower saloon (with a two-berth ensuite cabin) and a welcome muting of the internal design, with pale leathers, and stainless-steel trim. You also get a useful extra dose of power, equipping this lovely hull with huge poke throughout the rev range, without any reduction in its handling focus. With distinctly aggressive aesthetics, an opening hard top and a full-beam owner’s cabin, it’s a blindingly impressive boat.
(7) Itama 75
Itama is a company dedicated solely to the design and production of fast open boats – and those principles remain intact even on the company’s 75-foot flagship. With a relatively narrow beam and long, raked lines, plus a bow that evokes the endless bonnet of an E-Type Jaguar, it looks even faster than its nominal 42-knot top end. And once you check out that vast open-plan cockpit and the radical modern cleanliness of the below decks accommodation (available either in three or four-cabin configuration), you will discover that few boats in the world can match the Itama 75 for outright desirability.
(8) Windy Dubois SR52 Blackbird
First seen at the 2010 Cannes Boat Show, the Dubois SR52 Blackbird is the result of a collaboration between Windy Boats and yacht designer, Ed Dubois. With triple Volvo IPS 600 engines, a 46-knot top end is supplemented by a range of up to 480 nautical miles and a huge dollop of traditional Windy handling acumen. You also get very distinctive aesthetics and plenty of internal space for a versatile range of leisure pursuits, from social gatherings to watersports. Almost any Windy offers a degree of driving enjoyment that will make you grin from ear to ear, but this is something special.
Contact: Windy Boats
(9) Baia One Hundred
While Carlo Galeazzi’s angular, engagingly disjointed styling is not for everyone, there is no doubting the impact of this overtly sporting, high-performance Italian motor yacht. In addition to the Mohican-style haircut, the Baia is available either with twin or triple 2,650hp MTUs with Arneson drives, reportedly generating speeds in excess of 50 knots. With a topside superstructure made almost entirely of tempered glass, both light ingress and visibility are fantastic. It might have a hull which is (rather sensibly) optimised for running efficiency and ride comfort, but it looks, feels and goes like the 100-foot superboat it so plainly is.
(10) Riva 122 Mythos
The 122 Mythos is the largest aluminium planing yacht ever produced by Riva. Designed with a focus on fuel consumption and cruising range, it features an active stabilisation system to improve trim – and while (at more than 37 metres long and 7.6 metres in the beam) it is no speed machine, with a pair of MTU 12 V 4000 M 93L engines, you can expect 27 of the most refined knots it is possible to experience. The Mythos can be specified with three, four or five cabins, but in all cases, you get a twin tender garage, an assortment of panoramic views, a jacuzzi, a second helm station and the happy knowledge that your boat is considerably better than the one next-door.
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