Futuristic day boat comes packing a Rolls-Royce Merlin V12.
A yacht design studio has decided to build a superboat powered by a Rolls-Royce ‘Merlin’ V12 originally designed to get a Supermarine Spitfire off the ground. Claydon Reeves’s super-yacht is called the “Aeroboat” and has a design inspired by the “sleek lines of the famous Spitfire fighter,” with nods to the aircraft including an authentic air intake scoop, shock-mounted forward seats and airplane-inspired switchgear.
12 units are slated for production. Each will come equipped with a reconditioned Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 detuned to 1,100 hp, helping it to hit speeds of between 75 and 95 knots, which is around 100 mph. The body will be crafted from Kevlar, carbon fiber, lightweight wood veneers, and they’ll be space for between four to six passengers. A heady combination of old-school romance and modern-day technology,” a model of the proposed Aeroboat will be on display at the Salute to Style from July 16-19, held on the banks of the River Thames, London.