Expensive cars are great and all, but nothing turns heads like a snazzy boat. Quick, eco-friendly, bizarre—whatever your preference, hopping aboard a unique vessel is a surefire way to get noticed. Or pulled over by the coast guard.
Some will only set you back a grand, while others will dig a multi-million dollar hole in your pocket. And that doesn’t even include the monstrous marine insurance, or the cost of feeding gas-hungry engines that guzzle a litre of fuel every second.
Arkki Solar Yacht
According to the designer, this yacht is the kind of boat that would come in handy when the ice caps melt. The trimaran features a concrete-and-natural-fiber hull enclosing 1,647 square feet of interior space, topped with a solar-panel-and-wood deck of 1,076 square feet. When fully powered, it can reach speeds upwards of 8 knots.
This canoe-kayak hybrid offers up unobstructed views of aquatic wildlife and waterscapes. It’s made of the same durable material used to make cockpit canopies of supersonic fighter jets, and can therefore withstand 20 ft drops, intense crashing against rocks and whatever other sticky situations you may find yourself in.
No, this isn’t a sailing trip gone awry. It’s art—mobile art—created by French artist Julien Berthier. He took an abandoned 6.5 metre yacht, chopped it in half, constructed a new keel and added a motor, allowing it to be safely sailed at a 45-degree angle.
Aussie rocker Josh Pyke sailed the seas on this giant guitar for his 2008 music video, Make You Happy. It’s an exact replica of the guitar he actually plays, complete with a giant pick (not shown).
Don’t be fooled by Earthrace’s spidery, menacing appearance. This trimaran runs on 100% biodiesel and is 100% carbon neutral. It was built to attempt the global circumnavigation speed record—a goal it accomplished on Jan 6, 2010 after traveling over 23,00 nautical miles in just 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes.
Wallypower 118 is a 118-foot, 95 tonne, 17,000 hp superyacht that combines high-end technology with Darth-Vaderesque design. Powered by 5 engines, it has a maximum speed of 60 knots and guzzles a litre of fuel each second.
The Seabreacher is a two-seater, fully-submersible watercraft inspired by a dolphin. Its 12mm thick canopy is taken from the new F-22 Raptor jet-fighter and it has a 1500cc motor that allows it to jump, dive and roll like a real dolphin.