Are the days of the luxury yacht numbered? Once the ultimate symbol of the elite and super-rich, there’s now a new toy on the block which could take its place.
Made by Jet Capsule, the Royal Version 001 is a futuristic luxury vessel which will redesign boating holidays for the extremely wealthy.
It’s up for grabs if you’ve got a spare $250,000 (£200,000).
The vessel measures 27ft (8m) long and 12ft (3.6m) wide, can seat eight to 12 people, plus a captain, and can be fully customised to your taste.
The futuristic, pod-like vessel features bulletproof glass, a rooftop bunker and a platform on the back. The windows change transparency in response to light intensity, while there’s also a bathroom and small kitchen onboard too.
You can choose your type of engine depending on what you prefer, with diesel or petrol options available in either a dual or single setup. Depending on the engine, the Royal Version 001 can reach speeds of up to 71mph, according to the MailOnline.
The boat is also air-conditioned for when it’s hot, and has its own heating for when it gets chilly in the evening.
Each vessel is made to order and takes six months to construct, in Naples, where the company is based.
Jet Capsule designer and co-founder, Pierpaolo Lazzarini, said:
I wanted to create a boat that, despite being not very big, caught people’s eye because of its style. When you arrive at the beach in the Jet Capsule everyone is standing up and taking pictures.
It’s such a compact yet luxurious yacht – small enough to minimise high maintenance costs but large enough to carry a group of friends, who can sleep aboard in comfort.
It’s an incredibly luxurious vessel, far more so than any other boat of a similar size. We work very closely with the customers to make sure their most detailed requests are met.
We would love to see a Jet Capsule cruising down the River Thames in the near future.
See you on the riviera, chaps!
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.