The most extraordinary boats in the world
The nautical world is full of surprises and boat design companies are trying to outdo each other with each new design. Modern boats are becoming more and more exceptional. Sail-boats, schooners, catamarans, yachts … these are the boats that we are used to seeing the most, but they are not the only ones out there. The seas, rivers and oceans are navigated by the most extraordinary creations you can imagine. In this article we are going to discover the least convengional boats in the world.
Created in the shape of a capsule, a shark, a “lady” or a zipper – at Boatjump, we haven’t gone crazy, we are still talking about boats. As you read this article, you will realize that boats can adapt to other forms not only to stand out, but also to navigate the waters more efficiently, using the latest technology.
Designed by Japanese creator, Yasuhiro Suzuki, this motorboat measures 11.37 meters and has a reinforced polyurethane hull. What stands out the most is the shape. Designed in the form of a zipper, so that it looks like it is ‘unzipping’ the water as it passes. As the boat glides through the river or sea at a maximum speed of 10 knots, the wake creates the optical illusion of opening the water, as if it were a jacket.
This peculiar proposal was part of DESIGNART Tokyo 2020, an art and design festival held annually in the capital of Japan. Suzuki is an artist known for drawing inspiration from everyday life objects to create art-works that offer a new perspective on what is familiar to us.
Adastra, the rocket ship
The Adastra is a trimaran superyacht that was built in 5 years by McConaghy Boats and a team of 350 workers. The motivation to build this ship was to go around the world with a single tank, without neglecting the luxury and comfort of the passengers. Sumptuous, stable, efficient… and at the speed of a racing trimaran.
Inside the Adastra there is space to accommodate nine guests and six crew members. All cabins are spacious and equipped with sauna and jacuzzi. The main cabin is on the aft side and the rest of the rooms are located in the other section: the kitchen, guest cabins and those of the crew. The main materials with which it has been built are carbon fiber and epoxy resin. It has been designed using the latest technology in boat construction to undertake great ocean voyages without refueling.
Cosmic Muffin, the plane ship
The plane that does not fly, but crosses the seas. This is how the Cosmic Muffin became a totally new means of transport through recycling. The Boeing 307 Stratoliner suffered irreparable damage from a hurricane in 1964. Kenneth W. London, collector and pilot, acquired the plane and after 4 years of work, he turned it into this striking boat.
Currently, this ship slash plane belongs to David Drimmer and his company PlaneBoats. Its retro interior has all possible comforts and ample space. It is navigated from the main cockpit of the aircraft using the original flight controls.
Turanor PlanetSolar, the solar boat
The largest solar boat in the world! This 31 meter long, 15 meter wide catamaran sails thanks to the solar energy collected by the solar panels located on the deck. This ship remained moored in Barcelona until 2010, before beginning its expedition around the world.
The Turanor PlanetSolar carried out its expedition using 537 square meters of photovoltaic solar panels. When fully charged, the boat is able to function for 72 hours in complete darkness. Batteries power all four 240 kW electric motors that turn PlanetSolar’s propellers, propelling it at speeds of up to 14 knots. Today, this ship has a second life as a scientific research platform, however we can be sure it was an innovation that inspired increased use of solar energy in commercial ship builds.
If we want to understand the origin of sustainable boats like this, we have to go back to the 1830s to discover the first electric boats, though a ruling meant that, for more than a century, the possibilities offered by solar energy were not investigated further.
Jet capsule, the capsule ship
The capsule ship is a multi-purpose speedboat. From a sea taxi, an ambulance, a pleasure boat, a patrol boat, to a nightclub. She is a versatile boat that adapts to different types of needs. The most remarkable thing is that it is highly customizable. It combines the luxury of a yacht with exceptional maneuverability. 70% of this boat is made of fiberglass, which is actually a mixture of fiberglass and carbon fiber. This condition favours its sportiness and easy handling.
Its interior is spacious and comfortable. It has a sheltered terrace and a seating area with capacity for eight crew members. It has self-closing doors, roof, rear dive platform, convertible bedroom and toilet. Its configuration allows it to be converted into a limousine-style boat with two seats on the port and starboard sides, up to thirteen seats with the taxi configuration. At night, it is illuminated by the capsule’s interior and exterior lights, designed to give the impression of a spaceship floating on water.
For those looking to move like a fish in water, Seabreacher boats are the perfect choice. They move on but also under water. They have the appearance of a dolphin, whale or shark. The objective is to precisely imitate the movement of these marine animals through an aerodynamic design, allowing versatility and accuracy with respect to the behavior of these aquatic creatures.
It is a small submarine capable of diving 1.5 meters underwater for 30 seconds and jumping more than 5 meters high and they can reach speeds of 100 kilometers per hour on the surface. They are prepared to accommodate two people and are built with positive buoyancy, making it impossible for it to sink.
Asean Lady Boat
This yacht is inspired by the vessels of the South Pacific and was built in 2004 in the Chinese shipyards Yantai Raffles Shipyard Co. Ltd. Currently, it is managed by a company located in Kuala Lumpur that offers exclusive private cruises on board this “lady”. A nice or ugly boat? That depends on who you ask.
Amphicoach, the amphibious bus
Amphicoach is the first truly amphibious bus, as many others have been built on amphibious vehicles and do not retain highway or city capabilities. This alternative emerged in 2009. Once in the water, its jet propulsion system allows a maximum speed over the water of up to 8 knots, about 15 km / h. and can navigate on both fresh and saltwater.
Travelers who travel by the amphibious bus, have the typical amenities of a common bus such as air conditioning, television, bathroom, and even Wi-Fi Internet connection.
Boating continues evolving to offer us more sustainable, more comfortable, faster and more dynamic boats. These extraordinary designs take a step forward and improve some of the qualities of pre-existing boats we are used to seeing in the marinas and ports around the world.
On the Boatjump rental platform you will be able to find amazing, modern boats, although slightly less extraordinary…;) You can count on our help and experience at any time, we will help you choose the boat that best suits your needs in the desired destination. Also check out this article for practical info before you leave for your sailing charter.