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This Luxury Day Boat Was Directly Inspired By Porsche’s Iconic 356 Speedster

Released toward the latter end of the 1940s, the 356 was Porsche’s very first production model, though in 1954 the German brand would launch the even-more iconic, 356 Speedster. Exuding old-school elegance with its swooping lines and tasteful yet sparsely-designed interior, the Speedster continues to play a highly influential role in modern vehicle designs, with one of the best examples in recent years being the Hermes Speedster.

Designed by the Greece-based Seven Seas Yachts, the 22.14′ boat takes direct inspiration from the legendary Porsche 356 Speedster, along with a few nods to 1930s gentlemen-style runabout boats. The Hermes’ completely handmade interior bears a striking resemblance to the four-wheeled Speedster, complete with analog instrumentation and wooden steering wheel with aluminum inlays. The boat boasts a seven-layer hull with multiple airtight compartments, a honeycomb structure, and an exterior layer composed of ultra-rugged and lightweight vinyl ester resin. With a 72-degree access angle, and trim angles ranging from 2 to 2.8-degrees (regardless of speed), the Hermes is not only incredibly stable, but it’s also remarkably efficient, enabling the Porsche-themed boat to utilize a relatively small 153hp, inter-cooled, turbocharged, 846cc, SOHC, parallel-twin. Tipping the scales at approximately 1,500lbs, the Hermes provides accommodation for five passengers and offers a top speed of 45mph. A number of supreme examples of the stylish Hermes Speedster are available through Nick’s Boats now starting at $132,850.

Purchase: $132,850+