• May 21st 2014 at 7:58AM
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  • Image Credit: Aeroboat
  • Image Credit: Aeroboat
  • Image Credit: Aeroboat
  • Image Credit: Aeroboat
We don't typically cover boats here – this is, after all, Autoblog and not Aquablog – but every so often something comes along that makes us want to dip our toes in the water, whether it's a Jaguar-designed speedboat, a Gulf-liveried megayacht or a Lamborghini-powered Riva Aquarama. This is another one of those occasions.

Set to be unveiled at the Salute to Style show in July at The Hurlingham Club in London, the Aeroboat is a motor yacht that seems to blend retro and furutistic lines in equal measure that would make Jules Verne proud without going Steampunk. Inspired by the Spitfire fighter plane, the Aeroboat packs aircraft-inspired switchgear and shock-mounted seats into a long, sleek form. But what really has our interests piqued is what lies beneath the stylish decks.

Each of the dozen Aeroboats to be built will pack a reconditioned, marinized, fuel-injected Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine – the same 27-liter powerplant that propelled the Spitfire. With 1,100 horsepower on tap, it's expected to propel the Aeroboat up to a top speed between 75 and 95 knots, or 86-109 miles per hour by landlubber standards, which is pretty damn fast on the open water.
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- The Aeroboat: a blend of high technology, British engineering and glorious history
- A scale model of this sophisticated, sleek powerboat will be displayed alongside an original Merlin V12 engine
- Salute to Style: a celebration of speed on water, air and road

A unique mixture of historic British engineering and cutting-edge design is to be displayed at summer garden party Salute to Style at The Hurlingham Club on 16-19 July: yacht design studio Claydon Reeves is showing their newly-produced model of the Aeroboat alongside the Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine destined to power the craft.

A stylish and entirely British project, every single one of the 12 Aeroboat super-yachts destined for production will be powered by a reconditioned, fuel-injected Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine, with documented provenance, detuned to 1,100hp and giving a potential speed range of 75-95kts.

Inspired by the sleek lines of the famous Spitfire fighter, from the stern and sweeping tail echoing the wing's trailing edge to the authentic air intake scoop, the Aeroboat's throttle and switchgear design is aircraft-inspired and the shock-mounted forward seats are a nod to the Spitfire's own landing gear.

Like many of the unique classic cars and historic racers displayed during bijoux event Salute to Style at The Hurlingham Club, the Aeroboat is built to customer specifications: behind its retro style influence, the boat is a contemporary, high-tech beautiful creation in carbon fibre, Kevlar and lightweight wood veneer, all British-sourced. Every element of its interior design, from the cockpit to the trim, engine specifications and exterior finishes, can be configured to suit its owner.

At Salute to Style, the Aeroboat and the Merlin V12 engine join a range of prestigious automotive machinery, from Mille Miglia and Le Mans racers to prime examples of worldwide craftsmanship in motoring history, in an elegant celebration of speed on water, air and road.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Some of the most beautiful words in the English language: "Rolls Royce Merlin V12" An Icon! :-)
      • 1 Year Ago
      You had me a Rolls Royce Merlin.
      • 1 Year Ago
      You're going to need more than shock mounted seats when that lands
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are some people who HAVE to have a toy like this but this is a pointless exercise. The availability of high-octane aviation gasoline is sliding toward zero (lead). The high volatility of gasoline is a deterrent to many boaters since on-board fires are a great hazard (on this boat it is likely to be an explosive performance). A lighter weight, low volatility Jet-A burning Lycoming T-53 turboshaft would be a better option.
        • 1 Year Ago
        They're reconditioning the engines and putting fuel-injection on em. I think they can get away with milder fuel...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Noah that's a 60 mph boat.
        • 1 Year Ago
        75 knots is 86 MPH. He did the conversion correctly.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "We don't typically cover boats here – this is, after all, Autoblog and not Aquablog." Look...I love getting my dose of cars news every morning but this statement is laughable given how much unrelated junk gets posted on the Autoblog homepage on a daily basis.
      • 1 Year Ago
      i'll take a yacht...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Packard Motor Co. built almost all the engines in P51s. Under license from Rolls the Packard engines were shipped to England to be installed in Mosquito fighter bombers and Lancaster heavy bombers. Packard designed and built all the V 12 engines in PT boats. Each boat had 3 engines. They were rated at 1600 HP by the end of construction.
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