The Spitfire Inspired, £3m Aeroboat
Breakfast in St. Tropez, lunch in Antibes and then Monaco for dinner? For that, you’re going to need one of these: the Aeroboat from Claydon Reeves, a conveniently snazzy way to party from dusk until dawn when zipping around the French Riviera.
Yours for a cool £2m – £3m, Claydon Reeves is touting the Aeroboat as an entry-level yacht. Aeroboat’s exterior design is inspired by the fluid lines of a World War II fighter plane, the Spitfire: one of the world’s most iconic aircraft. It’s no coincidence then, that it’s powered by a supercharged Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine, the very same that was used in many of the original Spitfires as well as lots of other British military aircraft.
With a bespoke gearbox, the output is between 1100hp and 2500hp which means the Aeroboat can achieve speeds of over 50 knots – making it one of the fastest small yachts on the planet.
Just like the Spitfire, the Aeroboat is born from substantial British heritage – designed in Britain, each model will be individually created with carbon fibre and lightweight wood veneer materials sourced from Britain. And it will be built in Britain, at a yard on The Solent.
Inside, the interior has detailed leather stitching and a particularly smart wooden dashboard. A joystick throttle smacks of the aircraft-inspired design and the one-of-a-kind shock-mounted forward seats are inspired by the Spitfire landing gear. The helmsman has the use of a combination of analogue gauges for basic functions and touch-screen navigational systems. Below deck, the forward cabin includes a double berth and a small bathroom.
They will be a limited edition of 10 Aeroboats tailored to the personal requirements of each client, from cockpit layout and interior trim to engine specifications and exterior finishes. It can comfortably hold up to seven passengers which makes it a rather nice tender for your superyacht, of course.
So many places to be and so little time to do it in. But this way you’ll never have to miss a party again.