Performance & Day Boats | Hamilton Marine

Performance & Day Boats

FONERS, the ex-royal yacht FORTUNA, built in 2000 by Izar in Spain for King Juan Carlos is probably still the fastest superyacht ever built.

FORTUNA was built with three 6,700 Hp Rolls Royce gas turbines coupled to three Kamewa water jets and has 2 smaller MAN engines for manoeuvring. She reputedly reached the truly impressive speed of 70,1 knots (129.82 km) per hour on sea trials. This might not actually sound too exciting unless you have ever been on a very fast boat, but to watch FORTUNA planing like a speedboat was one of the highlights of the summers in Mallorca when she was in commission and akin to watching Concorde fly past. Needless to say, a good crew and engineering team where required to keep such a high precision yacht in top condition and performing well.

The attraction of fast boats is obvious to those looking to get to their destination as quickly as possible whether that be skimming from Monaco to St Tropez or Ibiza to Formentera. On the other hand, it is great fun to open the throttles and admire that impressive wake or rooster tail from time to time.

Not everyone is looking for very fast boats, huge engines, exotic construction materials and keeping their yacht interiors on a serious diet, not to mention the rather large fuel bills than can accrue when these yachts are driven at top speeds. A cruising speed of 25 to 30 knots can get you places at a great pace and comfort in the right conditions and is achievable by many yachts nowadays.

Many of these boats do not get slept on although most have accommodation that is nicely appointed and more than adecuate for island hoping or Mediterranean cruising.