Photos Courtesy of Claydon Reeves
UK designer Claydon Reeves
has unveiled a new limited edition motor launch design dubbed the Aeroboat that pays homage to the Spitfire, the most famous fighter plane of World War II. It’s powered with a supercharged version of the Rolls-Royce
Merlin V12 engine, a power plant first produced in 1933 which was used in many of the original Spitfires as well as other British military aircraft.
Fitted with a bespoke gearbox and final drive, the Aeroboat can achieve speeds of over 50 knots, making it one of the fastest small yachts ever built. Though they have since been replaced with more modern versions, Merlin engines remain in Royal Air Force service today with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. They also still power many restored aircraft in private ownership worldwide.