Cov­ers off As­ton Martin

Lux­ury car maker’s foray into boat mar­ket lines up against Mercedes-benz’s new su­pery­acht ten­der

Motorboat & Yachting - - Latest News - Steve Usher

Th­ese are the first pho­to­graphs of As­ton Martin’s hotly an­tic­i­pated new AM37 sports­boat. You’ll have to find £1.2 mil­lion for the AM37 with twin 370hp Mer­cruiser diesel en­gines, or £1.6 mil­lion if you pre­fer the AM37S Plat­inum Spec with twin 520hp petrols.

The 37ft lux­ury week­ender was of­fi­cially un­veiled at the Monaco Yacht Show, mark­ing the Bri­tish sports car man­u­fac­turer’s first foray into the nau­ti­cal world.

De­vel­oped by As­ton Martin and Quintessence Yachts, the AM37S has a claimed top speed of 50 knots and sev­eral in­no­va­tive fea­tures in­clud­ing an ex­tend­ing bathing plat­form and a solid re­tractable ton­neau cover.

At the touch of a but­ton on the AM37’S key, the three light­weight car­bon-fi­bre pan­els slide away un­der the aft deck to re­veal the lux­u­ri­ous cock­pit. Fea­tur­ing styling el­e­ments from As­ton Martin’s range of sports cars, the AM37’S helm has a car­bon­fi­bre dash­board with a tac­tile leather and stain­less-steel steer­ing wheel, throt­tles and joy­stick. The boat’s nav­i­ga­tion, con­trol mon­i­tor and en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems are all in­te­grated with mul­ti­me­dia func­tions.

De­signed pri­mar­ily as a day­boat, the open-plan cuddy cabin trans­forms into an overnight berth with the aid of a con­vert­ible dinette ta­ble. Mood light­ing, air-con­di­tion­ing, ba­sic galley fa­cil­i­ties and a toi­let pro­vide all the es­sen­tials for a week­end away.

The cock­pit seats up to eight peo­ple, pro­tected by a wrap­around wind­screen cre­ated from a sin­gle piece of ex­treme dou­ble-cur­va­ture glass.

“AM37 is a pure trans­la­tion of the As­ton Martin DNA into a new mar­itime con­cept,” said As­ton Martin’s EVP and chief cre­ative of­fi­cer Marek Re­ich­man. “The power­boat re­flects our val­ues in terms of power, beauty and soul.”

Monaco also marked the boat show de­but of the new Sil­ver Ar­rows Ma­rine 460-Gran­tur­ismo de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mercedes-benz.

De­signed pri­mar­ily as a su­pery­acht limo-ten­der, the 46ft craft is ca­pa­ble of whisk­ing ten pas­sen­gers along in leather-lined lux­ury at speeds of up to 38 knots. Named Mercedes in recog­ni­tion of its de­sign part­ners, this show model was of­fi­cially a pro­to­type. The fin­ished pro­duc­tion ver­sions will be built by Baltic Yachts in Fin­land.

Cost­ing a cool £2.16 mil­lion, the 460-Gran­tur­ismo is even more ex­pen­sive than the As­ton Martin AM37 and boasts its own unique in­no­va­tions in­clud­ing dimmable smart-glass side win­dows that re­tract at the touch of a but­ton and a sun­roof that lifts up to cre­ate a shaded ‘per­gola’ ef­fect.

An ini­tial run of ten will be built with each one des­tined for a dif­fer­ent coun­try to guar­an­tee ex­clu­siv­ity.

A record-break­ing 95-stone pump­kin is be­ing turned into a mo­tor boat by the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety. Hor­ti­cul­tur­ist Matthew Oliver grew the gi­ant gourd from a seed cost­ing £1,250. Its record-break­ing sta­tus was con­firmed at Southamp­ton’s Au­tumn Pump­kin Fes­ti­val.

SIR DAVID AT­TEN­BOR­OUGH

The £200 mil­lion po­lar re­search ship the RRS Sir David At­ten­bor­ough is now of­fi­cially un­der con­struc­tion at Cam­mell Laird in Birken­head, Mersey­side. The ship’s pro­posed name at­tracted more pub­lic­ity than the sci­en­tific ship it­self when an on­line poll made Boaty Mcboat­face the pub­lic’s cho­sen favourite. That name has now been given to the ship’s au­ton­o­mous underwater ve­hi­cle that will dive to 6,000m to ex­plore ice sheets. The Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Re­search Coun­cil over­rode the pub­lic vote to honour the 90-year-old nat­u­ral­ist and tele­vi­sion favourite.

The num­ber of ap­pren­tice ma­rine en­gi­neers, elec­tri­cians and car­pen­ters who grad­u­ated from Sun­seeker’s scheme dur­ing the Southamp­ton Boat Show.

The quick­est AM37S model is said to reach 50 knots flat out Leather and car­bon fi­bre cock­pit bor­rows styling cues from cars

Sil­ver Ar­rows 460 has elec­tric dimmable drop-down win­dows

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