Spirit P40 coupé super yacht tender enjoying the sunshine at the Monaco Yacht Show | Source: Spirit Yachts

The Runabout Boat Revival

Gaining popularity in the Roaring 20s, the runabout boat offers both convenience and speed with its small but dynamic design allowing for fishing, water skiing and jetting about in style. Traditionally made with wood like mahogany, the runabout boat remains a fashionable vessel in the boating world, with boat manufacturers incorporating clever design with classic design elements to create luxury runabouts. If you’re looking for a boat that will have you feeling like James Bond, consider these hyper-luxe wooden runabouts.

StanCraft Hammerhead

Described as the Rolls Royce of the water world, StanCraft’s all-mahogany runabout, Hammerhead, can reach up to approximately 95 km/h. Seating between 14 and 20, the Hammerhead offers generous seating as well as a full bar below deck. While the Hammerhead is sleek and traditional in style, StanCraft has packed in all the technological features you could need out on the water, including wireless phone chargers and a stereo with subwoofers.

Spirit P40 Coupé

Defined by performance, beauty and quality craftsmanship, the Spirit P40 is a 1930s inspired yacht that is undeniably sleek in design. Crafted from sustainable timber and weighing in at 4.5 tonnes, the Spirit P40 Coupé delivers a top speed of 35 knots and offers impressive fuel efficiency along with a cosy cabin.

Van Dam Catnip

Comfortably seating five people, Van Dam’s Catnip is a stylish runabout that incorporates elements of 40s Ventor runabouts. Backed by 770 horsepower, the Art Deco-inspired Catnip can reach over 50 knots and features an ice chest in the seat base, plenty of storage space and a custom banjo-steering wheel.

Boesch 970 St. Tropez

With a built-in bar, sundeck, wraparound U-bench and convertible top, Boesch’s 970 St. Tropez redefine the classic runabout. Made using Boesch’s laminate technology and sipo mahogany marine plywood, the 970 St. Tropez offers a luxurious timber look and can reach 74 km/h. Seating up to seven people, this opulent runabout promises smooth summer cruises.

Hacker-Craft Special Sport

Boasting a swim platform, premium stereo and topsides with traditional pinstriped mahogany, Hacker-Craft’s Special Sport is another sleek yet classically designed runabout. Sheathed with fibreglass, the colour of the Special Sport’s hull can be customised and underwater LED lights can also be added to take your Hacker-Craft runabout to the next level.

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