The Rolls Royce Aeroboat S6

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28 June, 2017
Rolls Royce has again teamed up with the Claydon Reeves design studio, along with naval architecture firm BMT Nigel Gee, to build the new Aeroboat S6.
The project follows the success of a 2013 collaboration to power luxury yachts. The new Aeroboat S6 was recently introduced during an exclusive private party at Saatchi Gallery in London, an invitation-only experience for some of the most affluent people in the world to browse among model-sized displays of yachts and accessories, all as artistic as they are a luxury investment.

The real-life-sized Aeroboat S6 is 19.8 meters long, built of aluminium and carbon fiber, loaded with amenities, and powerful enough to fuse the leisure yacht experience with speedboat performance. That's assured by the latest in Rolls Royce MTU V10 2000 M96 engines, and Kamewa waterjets designed to deliver optimal propulsion and control as the Aeroboat S6 hits speeds up to 88 kilometers per hour. Rolls Royce also has designed all on-board systems so that they are integrated into the perfect voyage.
Viewed from above, the streamlined design is evident from the helm station to the tapered elegance of wooden stairs on each side of the craft. The "Aerostairs" are a custom-engineered feature that's the width of the transom, extending as a swim platform that's simple to lower for easy access to the waves. While this elegant staircase is completely automatic and retractable, its design is consistent with the dual staircases – inspired by the wingtips on the Spitfire – that curve up to the doors to the deck. There, ample space for sunning and relaxing includes two couches in a modular, adaptable sun lounge set-up. The space also adds a concealed table used when dining, and media screens that fold when not in use.

Within the Teardrop Cockpit is the command center, with an additional screen readout so that guests can check for themselves on the speed, heading, estimated arrival time and other details of their journey. It has seats for two, with windshields that tape back to the deck and the latest technology. The Aeroboat S6 also offers the cockpit and dining area enclosed in a hardtop or with a shady bimini.
When viewed from behind – with backlighting from below deck and behind the staircases – the angles of the Aeroboat S6 bear the unmistakable signature of the Rolls Royce and its distinctive vintage grille.

Beneath that, the same inspiration extends to the cabins and quarters. A forward grand cabin offers space for guests but is easy to reconfigure into a master suite for the owner who wants to stay aboard. The yacht accommodates 12 people, but is designed to sleep four if both cabins are put into use. Apart from the convertible owners' lounge, a separate Pullman cabin is along a passageway with the galley. The shower and bath are adjacent to the main owner's lounge, accented in the same wood throughout.
The Aeroboat S6 is designed to be compact and lightweight, and the aluminium and carbon hull and frame support a range of 400 nautical miles (740 kilometers) assuming speeds at 40 knots. Yet for its size, it still features touches like a tender garage below decks that can accommodate a 3.8 meter boat, deployed and retrieved using a built-in overhead crane. Owners also can opt to use the space for jet skis and other water toys, basking in both the natural beauty of the sea and the elegance of the Aeroboat.
Banner image: Claydon Reeves