Spitfire-inspired Aeroboat launches at Rolls-Royce, London
by Claydon Reeves on 5 May 2013
The Aeroboat, a 15m day boat, powered by a V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine has been launched at Rolls-Royce in Berkeley Square, London UK.
The Aeroboat is Claydon Reeves’ answer to anyone seeking a boat combining speed and contemporary elegance; a heady combination of old-school romance and modern-day technology.
The supercharged Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 forms the heart of this concept. This engine was designed over 80 years ago and has been installed in many iconic aircraft, it’s power output varying between 1100hp and 2500hp depending on the application.
Its engine has been detuned to deliver a reliable 1500hp that, together with a bespoke gearbox and final drive, allows the Aeroboat to achieve speeds in excess of 50 knots.
The exterior design was inspired by the graceful lines of the Spitfire – the aircraft that originally housed the Merlin V12 – combined with modern automotive detailing. Subtle clues to this inspiration can be seen in the design of the stern, echoing the wing’s trailing edge, the sweeping tail, and the authentic air intake scoop. Despite the retro influences this is still a distinctly contemporary yacht using carbon fibre, Kevlar and lightweight wood veneers in its construction.
The cockpit can be configured to the client’s wishes, comfortably accommodating four to seven passengers. The forward seats are a unique shock-mounted design inspired by the Spitfire landing gear. The console can be laid out with analogue gauges, touch-screens or a combination of both for command and navigation. Dominant features of the helm station include the aircraft-inspired throttle and switchgear.
Below decks the forward cabin includes a double berth and a small bathroom. Finishes and fittings can be specified to the individual owner’s exact wishes.
The Aeroboat is ideal for someone seeking a fast, stylish day boat who might choose to breakfast in Antibes, lunch in St Tropez and dine in Les Hyères. This is indisputably not your average yacht tender and of course it could be carried on a superyacht.
Claydon Reeves plan to build a limited edition of ten Aeroboats tailored to the personal requirements of each client – from cockpit layout and interior trim to engine specifications and exterior finishes.
LOA: 14.64 m
Beam: 2.98 m
Max draft: 1.14 m (depending on propellers)
Weight: 7700 kg
Passengers: 7 (max)
Power: 1600 – 2100 hp
Maximum speed: 50 knts
Production limited to 10 boats. Naval Architecture by Laurent Giles Naval Architecture Ltd. To be built by Green Marine Ltd.
More at http://www.claydonreeves.com
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