Spiffing! £3 million ‘Aeroboat’ powered with Spitfire V12 engine can ‘fly’ like a jet across water at 109mph

Spiffing! £3m Spitfire-powered boat flies on water at 109mph
(Picture: Claydon Reeves)

Playboys struggling to decide whether to add a jet or speedboat to their collection could combine the two by forking out £3million for the Aeroboat.

It will look perfect speeding around the marinas of Monte Carlo and Capri but the state-of-the-art yacht holds a historic secret.

It’s propelled by the same Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine that powered Britain’s Spitfires to victory in World War II. In fact, yacht designers Claydon Reeves have based the boat’s design on the ‘sleek lines’ of the
famous fighter planes.

And that’s not all, as a spokesman for the Hampshire-based boatbuilder explained: ‘From the stern and sweeping tail echoing the wing’s trailing edge to the authentic air intake scoop, the Aeroboat’s throttle and switchgear
by Nicole le marie design is aircraft-inspired and the shock-mounted forward seats are a nod to the Spitfire’s own landing gear.’

Each boat will be fitted with a reconditioned, waterproofed Spitfire engine, which can fire Aeroboat to a top speed of 109 mph.

The £3 million Aeroboat is propelled by a reconditioned , waterproofed 27-litre Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine It’s the same engine that fitted to Britain’s Spitfire fighter plane during World War II.

The aircraft also provided styling inspiration for the boat.

Just 10 Aeroboats with 1,100 horsepower on tap, able to propel the vessel to a top speed of between 75 and 95 knots / 86-109 miles per hour .

The vessel has been created by British yacht design studio Claydon Reeves based in Hampshire.

A scale model will be unveiled at the Salute to Style show in London on July 16.

The boat is sculpted in carbon fiber Kevlar and lightweight wood veneer to keep the weight down and ensure it rides the waves with ease.

Each of the reconditioned Aeroboat engines will come with “documented provenance” of its history.

A Claydon Reeves spokesman said: “The Aeroboat is one of the fastest”

27 May 2014 | 9:07 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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