If looks like something you’ve seen on the roads before, you’re not too far off. Inspired by the sinewy silhouette of a supercar — the Mercedes-Benz S-Class to be precise — the 46-foot (14m) cruiser debuted the waters from off the coast of Nice earlier this year to a lot of anticipation, and it’s easy to see why.
Developed in tandem with the Mercedes-Benz Style team, the “Silver Arrow of the Seas” glistens in the summer sun thanks to its shimmering glazing, lending it an avant-garde appearance that harkens back to Mercedes-Benz’s concept vehicles, the F015 and Concept IAA. Over the four-year partnership, the Monaco-based boatbuilder and the luxury car marque produced its first example — fittingly christened “Mercedes” — with sculptural elements that are almost futuristic.
At its heart are two Yanmar diesel engines that fires up this aquatic missile with 960 horses. You’ll really need to hold on tight on board this baby — its top speed is at a high 40 knots, while cruising is at 26. An extended foredeck and arcing roofline, which slopes down towards the stern, give the boat an elongated and almost intimidating silhouette. You wouldn’t want to be in the way of this one.
Like the trendy sports cars, this luxury motor yacht possesses the same winning combination of sleek, aerodynamic curves outside with thoughtful detailing inside. Its crossover design is also intelligent — it combines the advantages of an open boat with that of a hull cabin cruiser, so this one’s not just all looks and no brains. As standard, the yacht comes fitted with wood interiors that evoke a homely feel, even when you’re in the middle of the ocean.