Revolver Develops Grand Tourer for the Water

We’ve seen boats take on design elements previously reserved for automotive application before. The Frauscher 858 Fantom designed by Kiska is one recent example. Now, Italian company Revolver Boats has announced the launch its flagship high-performance vessel, the 44GT, with a design that’s reminiscent of ultimate grand touring cars.

Designed by Italian Alberto Mancini (AM Yacht Design), the core concept of the new Revolver 44GT was to transfer the “qualities of a grand touring car to the sea”. Mancini wanted to emphasize an unmistakable dynamic quality, referencing car design in the exterior lines as well as interior details.

The 44m-long GT has distinctive features throughout including the rear air vents with ‘shark’ cut reminiscent of high-end cars from the 1960s and the bow with LED lights built into the protective and powerful fender rail that defines the profile.

The interior layout focuses on the large central structure that houses the control panel and helm station. This has been significantly modified from the 42R — designed by Michael Peters Yacht Design — for a new sense of symmetry and sophisticated convenience, in true automotive style.

The separate captain and co-driver seats are custom designed with a carbon look and are both comfortable and functional. The ergonomic central console between them houses the control panel, including Garmin touch-screen instruments, while an integrated dual monitoring system interfaces with the navigation screens.

Four passenger seats behind the helm station pick up on the aesthetics of the captain and co-captain chairs. Other distinctive elements include a large, electronically operable glass roof as well as a rear glass door that opens up (hiding away in the engine room). The whole operation happens wirelessly and only takes a few seconds. The glass roof is opened and closed by remote control.

Below deck is a large sofa in the bow area that can be converted into a double bed by folding down the table, as well as a kitchen and minibar. A spacious bathroom with ‘rain shower’ also features unusually high ceilings for this class of boat.

While larger than the 42GT, Revolver sought to improve structural rigidity and minimize weight in the 44GT’s construction to retain the boat’s sporting nature. As such, the hull, roof, and all the structural elements (floor, struts, and bulkheads) are vacuum molded. The lamination is a sandwich of Corecell with E-glass biaxial glass-fiber fabric, which has been coated with a vinyl ester resin. Stiffeners are placed along the major structural members with unidirectional and multi-axial carbon fabric.

The hard top is made of structural carbon, with exposed bulkheads just like those found in elite cars. The blend of technology and aesthetics is also evident in the flooring, where Esthec (an environmentally friendly and almost maintenance free material) enables a dynamic edge design. The ‘smoke’ color also substantially reduces solar heat gain.

The flagship 44GT’s performance and design qualities are certain to make a splash with demanding boat owners who appreciate aesthetic and technological beauty.


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