USA, New York. Due to be launched this summer, Stephens Waring Yacht Design has released images of its latest project, a seven-metre speedboat under construction at Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop. With a signature long foredeck inspired by the 1920s Gold Cup racer, the speedboat takes on modern features in its handling, performance and versatile layout.
“She represents a new breed in traditional luxurious appointments combined in a modern way,” says principal designer Bob Stephens. “She is special because she combines a modern high-speed hull below the waterline with a classic style above the water.”
Classic joinery work in varnished mahogany runs throughout and forms the cockpit, where hand-crafted leather bucket seats cradle the pilot and co-pilot behind an antique-style dashboard and cast-bronze and glass windshield.
With a more flexible, family-oriented approach — a change from the two-seater racers of the 1920s where the cockpit was located close to the stern — where settees can accommodate up to six people. Concealed beneath gull-wing hatches in the aft deck is a boarding platform and swimming ladder for easy access to the water or dock.
The tender has a beam of just over two metres, and hunkered down on full-length Douglas fir stringers is a modern Pleasurecraft V8 engine. The propulsion system will push the modern constant-dead-rise hull to 52 knots, while chine flats deliver lift and knock down spray.
Stephens Waring Yacht Design