Porsche is a dominant force on the tarmac, and it makes every much of sense to witness it ride the serene water too. UK-based Seven Seas Yachts sees the German automotive giant’s classic Porsche 356 sports car dating back to 1959 as the perfect inspiration for an electric boat dubbed Hermes Speedster. Just like its vintage counterpart made car lovers skip a beat at every sight, this boat based on the design of the Gentleman’s runabout boats of the 1930s era oozes with luxury, style and comfort that only men with profound taste can associate with.
Hermes Speedster E derives its namesake from the ancient Greek God Hermes – no doubt Seven Seas Yachts refer to the electric boat as “Gods on the water.” One that Greek Gods would have used as a messenger on the pristine waters of that time. With Porsche being the reference for the design, there are curved lines that ultimately help in the dynamic motion on water, cutting through air for optimum aerodynamic movement. The boat’s seven-layer hydrodynamic hull signified by the 72 degrees entry angle and minimal drag resistance makes it glide on the water as it gains speed. Combined with the running surface, the ride is unprecedentedly smooth even on rough waves, as the Hermes Speedster boasts precise handling even while making sharp turns thanks to the low center of gravity is reassuring. The eco-conscious 100 kW silent electric motor combined with the 30 Kwh battery pack gives it the needed power delivery to cruise at a top speed of 45 mph. Run it more steadily, at a speed of around 10 mph and you can extract nine hours of runtime on a single charge.
The stylish boat’s looks are exemplified by the chrome-framed windshield and the twin-grade air intakes. Even more so, the 356-styled convertible cloth top gives it that classic marque’s character while providing safety from inclement weather conditions. On the inside, it is as luxurious as you would have expected. The handcrafted bucket seats, steering wheel, switches, speakers and chrome-ringed gauges all bring that retro character back to this nostalgic electric boat. Five passengers (including the driver) can go for a ride on this Hermes Speedster E boat to relive the glorious days of the yesteryears. Ones who have already tasted the heritage of Porsche will want to own this one for sure.
Designer: Seven Seas Yachts