My entire young life in Marbella I was in and the Mediterranean Sea. At the age of 16, I made the decision to quit school to pursue a career in the field of yachting.
Seventeen years later, I’m captain of an Sanlorenzo SD122 dubbed M/Y AWARENESS. I also have an own channel on YouTube, Super Yacht Captain. If I could have PS5m to put on a boat fleet I’d have lots of fun playing with it.
My top choice is my first choice would be the Silent Yacht 55. Nearly all the deck of the vessel is a solar panel that power a pair of electric motors that have a 30kW power output to achieve a maximum velocity of 12 knots, and an average speed between 6 and 8 knots. When cruising, Silent-Yachts claim that it can run for a long time because the panels charge the batteries at the speed the motors drain them.
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I have a great passion for solar energy, and I like the idea of an unobtrusive yacht with no sails. My spouse is a big admirer of catamarans, therefore it’s a win-win. We’d cruise across Croatia and the abundant sunshine would recharge the batteries.
A second option is the VanDutch 55. It’s an enormous wide-open sportscruiser equipped with twin Volvo Penta 900hp diesel engines with vee drive systems that offer an impressive 37 knot top speed. It doesn’t have a hard top, there’s no radar arch or foredeck rails making it completely uncompromising and sports a feminine and timeless design.
The emphasis is on outdoor living with an open cockpit, and plenty of sunbathing and seating (despite being only 55 feet, it accommodates four guests on two decks). It’s the perfect day boat to visit Ibiza and even a excursion to Formentera for a meal at the beach before returning for a night of entertainment in Ibiza.
I’d certainly need the classic vessel to add to my fleet, so my ultimate choice would be the authentic Riva Aquarama. The boat is the pinnacle of class and design of a boat. The design was created with the famous Carlo Riva and built in a plant near the shores of Lake Iseo in Italy, it was built between the years 1962 and 1996. The boat was always made of mahogany that was varnished and powered by two super silky smooth Cadillac V8 petrol engines – some could go up to 50 knots!
I’d like to keep it in Italy and dry-store it indoors when not being used. I can picture myself flying into Portofino while the sun sets before stepping out to enjoy the perfect Bellini cocktail in Portofino’s breathtaking surroundings, while listening to Andrea Bocelli’s live performance in the small town square. Perfection.