Need for speed: Meet the fastest yachts in show

29 July 2021

Some boats are designed for pure practicality, but who said they can’t be fast too? We pick out seven of our favourite speedsters as featured in our virtual marina... 

Swan shadow

Length: 13.2 metres

Top speed: 42 knots

In a break from tradition, Finnish sailing shipyard Nautor's Swan has unveiled their first motor offering in the form of a 55-knot chase tender. The Swan shadow aims to capture the DNA of Swan's fleet of high-performance racing yachts, channelling both speed and performance into a neat 13-metre package with the help of designer Jarkko Jämsén. Highlights include a flush, walkaround deck and a cockpit that can be converted into a cabin thanks to optional telescopic roof pillars. 

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Pershing 108

Length: 33.25 metres

Top speed: 42 knots

Fast yet supremely silent, at maximum power, the three engines of the Pershing 108 offer speeds in excess of 42 knots while remaining below the sound threshold of 75 dBA - no louder than a vacuum cleaner. Using only the central engine, she can devour up to 1,070 nautical miles at a more modest speed of 10 knots. Even speed fiends need to relax once in a while, and so the large cockpit can accommodate up to 10 people, perfect for both daytime lounging and evening antics, while the bow holds a C-shaped sofa. 

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Aquarius

Length: 30.91 m

Top speed: 28 knots

Built by Azimut and designed by Stefano Righini, Aquarius was made to be a sport yacht. Her flybridge is a feature of the Azimut 103 S range, and for Aquarius, comes with a striking red hull and the deep-V hull shape to deliver an incredibly comfortable motion underway. She is equipped with an advanced MTU-Rolls Royce Kamewa jet propulsion to reach an impressive 28-knots in a smooth and vibration-free way.

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Moonrise 11.6m Chase Tender

Length: 11.6m

Top speed 40 knots

This particular model was built as custom by Compass Tenders as one of two speedsters delivered to Feadship’s 99.5 metre Moonrise. With a top speed of 40 knots, guests can be whisked from ship to shore in a matter of minutes thanks to a duo of Yanmar 8LV engines. At just 1.87 metres tall and a 3.3 metre beam, she's roomy but can slot into a tender garage with ease. 

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Pershing 7X

Length: 21.11m

Top speed: 50 knots

At 21 metres, the 7X might be one of the smallest in Pershing’s X series of speed-machines - but don’t let size fool you. Powered by a pair of MAN V12 engines she packs a punch with a top speed of 50 knots. There’s even aft-facing seating from which to admire the yacht’s magnificent rooster tail. Miami to Nassau? A mere four hours. That’s the beauty of a Pershing, and for busy owners what better gift is there than time?

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31 GT Coupe

Length: 9.45

Top speed: 46.92 knots

The GT Coupe from Life Proof Boats is the perfect piece of kit for weekend adventures. A top speed of 46.92 knots allows boaters to get to their destination with some serious pace. For anglers it can be customised with downrigger pads, rod holders and there’s even room on a radar arch for a chartplotter and fishfinder display. There’s a forward berth and head in the cuddy for overnighters while a folding bow door and anchor windlass come as standard. 

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48 Wallytender

Length: 14.5m

Top speed: 38 knots

The 48Wallytender is a reinvention of the iconic runabout and the first fruit of the Wally-Ferretti Group partnership. She’s fast, with a top speed of 38 knots, but also super versatile with origami-style hydraulic folding bulwarks for an additional four square meters of sunbathing space. The 48 Wallytender weighs a respectable 11.5 tonnes and is powered by twin Volvo IPS 650 engines hidden beneath the aft sunpads.

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