It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!

Actually, it’s Aeroboat, a 48-foot carbon-fiber concept designed to hit 75 knots.

Claydon Reeves Aeroboat concept yacht

The Aeroboat has a supercharged Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine that can turn 1,500 to 2,500 hp, generating a top hop as fast as 75 knots.Courtesy Claydon Reeves

British design studio Claydon Reeves has announced plans to premiere its Aeroboat this July at the Salute to Style event in London.

Inspired by the Spitfire, a high-performance British World War II fighter plane, the 48-foot Aeroboat has a supercharged Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine that can turn 1,500 to 2,500 hp, generating a top hop as fast as 75 knots. That speed is also thanks to lightweight construction in carbon-fiber, Kevlar and wood veneers.

The cockpit can be designed to an owner’s taste, seating four to seven people. Aeroboat’s forward seats are shock-mounted with a design inspired by the Spitfire’s landing gear. The helm will include analog as well as touchscreen controls, and the throttle is being described as “joystick inspired” — something we can’t wait to see.

Claydon Reeves says production will be limited to 10 Aeroboats. Standard specs include speeds to 50 knots. Naval architecture is by Laurent Giles, and Green Marine will be the builder.

Visit www.claydonreeves.com to learn more.