Mr. Bond, Your Yacht Awaits
Remember in Casino Royale when James Bond sails into the center of Venice with Vesper Lynd on the most breathtakingly beautiful boat ever to raise sails? The head-turner was a Spirit 54, built by the British yard Spirit Yachts.
While you’d be hard-pressed to ever describe it as a day sailer—not with two double cabins and a washer-dryer—it does have a 46-foot kid brother that defines the term “luxury day boat.”
The Spirit 46 recalls the elegance of those unforgettable 1930 J-class race boats. Slender in beam, with long, long overhangs and a pinched stern, it’s designed to go fast. With a stiff breeze filling its 684 square feet of canvas, its top speed has been recorded at an amazing 21 knots.
And not only does it look old school, its construction harks back to another era. Instead of high-tech carbon and Kevlar, it uses a wood/epoxy construction, with light yet strong Brazilian cedar planking bonded by West System Epoxy.
The rest is bang up-to-date, with a tall carbon fiber mast, high-tech Quantum sails and a deep fin keel with lead torpedo bulb.
The true beauty of this yacht is in the detail. The teak work gleams and glows under a multitude of coats of varnish. And as a nod to sailboats past, it does away with a wheel helm in favor of a good ol’ tiller.
Now that’s the Spirit.
Displacement: 9,900 lbs.
Sail area: 684 sq. ft.
Power: 30-hp Yanmar diesel with Saildrive
Price: From $700,000 (spirityachts.com)
The Italian Stallion
Ignore the slightly oddball name. The fact is, Monaco-based Wally Yachts builds some of the coolest boats on the planet—yachts and powerboats that define minimalist, cutting-edge, contemporary design.
The smallest of their fleet is the stunning Wally Nano: 37 feet of sleek carbon fiber and warm teak created by company founder Luca Bassani, in conjunction with acclaimed yacht architects Hoek Design.
From a practical point of view, the Nano is a masterpiece. Four hours with four guys, a couple of wrenches and a screwdriver, and the entire yacht can be dismantled and slid inside a 40-foot container. Just think of the possibilities: winters sailing in St. Barth’s, summers cruising in Saint-Tropez, maybe an autumn rendezvous in the Cape. Just ship it.
This is a pure style icon: sleek in an Apple MacBook Air sort of way and as stylish as any Jil Sander runway collection. With one look at the thing, it screams cool. It has all the firm’s trademark design cues, like the flush deck; the low cabin with vertical side windows; and, of course, the focus on soaking up the sun. Behind the helm, there’s a giant sunbathing area.
Down below, it’s minimalistic with exposed carbon fiber weave, stark white finishes and soft leather upholstery. True modern—make that Wally—fashion.
- Length: 37’
- Beam: 8’6”
- Draft: 7’3” on lifting keel
- Displacement: 5,700 lbs.
- Sail area: 806 sq. ft.
- Power: 13-hp Volvo diesel with Saildrive
- Price: From $310,000 (wally.com/nano)