The Fully Electric Hermes Speedster Yacht Pays Tribute To A Vintage Porsche
If you’ve ever wished to be able to take your vintage Porsche out on the water, you might be in luck. UK-based sailing company Seven Seas Yachts has just unveiled its latest electric yacht—and Porsche aficionados may very well recognise it already.
Known as the Hermes Speedster, the classic styled retro boat was inspired by the Porsche 356 from 1959 but is also strongly influenced by the “gentleman’s runabout boats of the 30s” thanks to the natural curved lines and the absence of any straight lines, as well as its dynamic motion and unique character.
Speaking of design, the aesthetics of the 5-person dayboat is something to be marvelled at: each piece of the interior, from the seats to the switches, have been expertly handcrafted, while the convertible top can easily be put up or down in a matter of seconds.
The hull’s performance characteristics feature a very low drag resistance and a steep entry that cuts the waves at 72 degrees, resulting in a very soft ride even as the dayboat hits choppier waters. The boat is also unique in that, unlike other boats of similar build, there is no specific speed required to transition to plane. Instead, as speed increases, it comes out of the water nearly horizontal at all times.
“If the Hermes Speedster existed in their time, the ancient Greek Gods would have been proud to have the name of their messenger over the water,” Seven Seas Yachts said in a statement on its website. “Well, it is now possible to cruise on the water with the boat of God Hermes.”
Interested in learning more about the handsome retro-inspired yacht? The dayboat is currently priced at US$269,000 and orders are currently being accepted on the official Seven Seas Yachts’ website.