Spitfire on water: Aeroboat by Claydon Reeves
UK designers, Claydon Reeves, unveil the Aeroboat. It is a small yacht with big potential. The exterior is designed after the iconic World War II fighter plane, the Spitfire. Powering the 14.64m yacht is a Rolls Royce Merlin engine that has a typical output varying between 1100hp and 2500hp. Designed and developed over 80 years ago, the Merlin V12 has a long heritage and has been installed in many iconic aircrafts, including the Spitfire.
The Aeroboat is expected to reach blistering speeds of over 50 knots, courtesy of a bespoke gearbox and final drive. Keeping with the theme of British design and engineering, the yachts will be built in Britain using locally sourced materials. Each Aeroboat will be constructed using carbon fibre, Kevlar and lightweight wood veneer. The cockpit is designed based on sports cars, with leather stitching and wooden dashboard.
Claydon Reeves intends to build only ten Aeroboats. Priced between £2 million to £3 million, each will be tailored to the customer’s specifications.
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