5 of the Coolest Boats, Yachts, and Subs

May 22 is National Maritime Day in the United States, celebrated on the same day the first-ever transoceanic voyage under steam power chugged from the United States to England. This epic trip was done back in 1819 by the American steamship, the Savannah. U.S. Congress later declared Maritime Day an official holiday in 1933.

What does National Maritime Day celebrate?

In essence, the maritime industry. Aka, the entire economic system created to transfer people or goods across bodies of water. Or for lack of better words, the awesomeness of boats. Celebrations often include memorial services, boat tours, family picnics, and maritime street fairs — but we’re celebrating by ogling a range of gorgeous, rugged, classic, modern, and down-right badass boats that, coincidentally, are available for sale. You celebrate Halloween with a bag of candy, why not Maritime Day with a new sailboat or yacht?

New. Favorite. Holiday.

If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring the deep blue sea, why not add a super luxurious yacht or personal sub to that daydream? These designs *ahem* rock the boat.

Ida Pfeiffer

Fourteen passengers fit on this motorized yacht built to cruise. Imagine traveling 7,000-plus miles in full comfort while carrying onboard an H135 Helicopter hanger, two rescue boats, a dive support boat, two cars, an Icon waterplane, and plenty of room to bask in luxury (note the loungers set up toward the bow). Retreat to the extravagant owner’s suite or one of the five VIP cabins if you get too overwhelmed by just how much cargo this diesel-electric mammoth can shoulder.

Galaxy of Happiness

The name of this zero-emission cruising boat says it all. Imagine the Millennium Falcon made for the ocean instead of the deep recesses of space. Almost bird-like in its design, the Galaxy of Happiness is a high-speed, high-stability, luxury gentleman’s yacht that uses 40-percent less energy than a conventional yacht without sacrificing bougie upgrades like a top-floor Jacuzzi. We’re mesmerized by the Galaxy in-action. It’s just … so beautiful.

Jet Capsule

While we love giant and grand maritime vessels, Jet Capsule is equally as impressive. Made with a fiberglass frame and hull (aka super lightweight), this battery- and electric-powered mini speedboat is a personal pod for the man who seeks solitude on the open water. And this little guy is pretty fast, reaching 40 mph thanks to the HamiltonJet propulsion system. Inside, there’s more space than you’d think possible, with both a bathroom, kitchen, and seating. This hyper-futuristic mini-yacht will no doubt make its debut in some action film or another soon enough. Just look at it!

Tropical Island Paradise

No need to disembark to reach your tropical island paradise. Yacht Island Design is making the beach a part of your boat. Still in project mode (gives us time to save up), the concept of Tropical Island Paradise was to “create an idyllic, floating island, with all the features of a tropical island getaway built into the design,” says the company on its website. Elements of this luxury yacht include actual palm trees, a volcano and waterfall feature, cabanas, a swimming pool, and a grand stairway leading down to jet ski access — and that’s just on the outside.


Transport by way of water doesn’t necessarily mean above water. SEAmagine wants to take its seafarers beneath the waves with this five-person luxury submarine noted by its massive unobstructed view that surrounds the front, sides, and top of the passenger seats. The feel is like being in the wild underwater world as opposed to just viewing it from afar. When surfacing, this submarine has a high freeboard that creates a stable platform for passengers to walk on. Handrails come up from the deck, making it extra safe and secure while boarding. If five’s a crowd, SEAmagine also makes two-, three-, and four-person subs.

Article originally published May 21, 2018. Last updated by Nicole Raney.

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