December 5th 2012. By Lenny Rudow.

5 Top 10 Fantasy Boats

If you could choose any yacht or boat in the world, the chances are good that you would pick one of these 5 fantasy machines. The full top 10 list is available on

gibbs amphibian quadski

You might remember the Gibbs Aquada from the Top 10 Coolest Looking boats Ever article. It earns its place in fantasy-land by being both a hot-looking car and a boat capable of doing 30-mph, at the same time. And now there’s a new Gibbs; this one can do 45-mph at land and at sea—yet takes a mere four seconds to convert from ATV to boat. Power is supplied by a 1300cc BMW motorcycle engine that produces 175-hp. And you thought you knew what they meant by “off road”.

benetti diamonds are forever

If you could choose any yacht or boat in the world, we’re betting the chances are good that you’d pick one of these (in order of size). Our first pick is the Benetti Diamonds Are Forever, which has 199’ 10” of lavish LOA and six decks. Details throughout include the use of mother-of-pearl, onyx, Italian marble, crystal, chrome-painted glass, and a healthy dose of overall extravagance.

top 10 fantasy boats

Power is the stuff of desire, and the Nordhavn 86 projects it in a big way; who wouldn’t love to daydream of commanding such a potent world traveler? This yacht boasts a 400,000 pound displacement, which makes it as brawny as some megayachts nearly twice its size. Yet it still manages to go a mile on one gallon of fuel, proving that extravagance doesn’t have to be inefficient.

fastest boat in the world

If you feel the need for speed and dream of beating out every other boat on the water, then your heart will go from pitter-patter to THUMP-THUMP-THUMP when you eyeball a Mystic 50. Powered with twin T-53 turbine engines and 3,600-hp it’ll easily break 150-mph; go for the closed canopy version and these boats can bust past 200-mph.

avalon pontoon boat

Pontooners can dream too, can't they? And if pontoon boats percolate through your pipe dreams, the Ambassador 27 could be your ride in reality. With an art deco look and modern high-tech construction, this 50-mph party platform has out-of-this-world touches like a pop-up electric wine rack and self-leveling arm rests. What are the other five fantasy boats from this list? Visit to find out.


Lenny Rudow

With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.