7 Coolest Boats, Yachts, and Subs to Celebrate National Maritime Day

coolest boats national maritime day 00000585 main edited

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.

Ida Pfeiffer

The epitome of cool, 14 passengers fit on this motorized black yacht built to cruise in some of the most frigid waters on the planet. Imagine speeding along to an excess of 7,000-plus miles with fully stabilized comfort, while carrying on board a 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.

Larson Falls Flyer 14

Like an automobile connoisseur, it’s often the worn-down, vintage models that require some love and attention that win our favor — like this old-school 1956 gas-powered Falls Flyer. Originally made to be a pleasure boat, the red-and-white design holds on to this sporty and leisure purpose, while matching leather seats and a single windshield finish off the sports car-esque detailing. With a solid frame, fixing up this vintage gem sounds like fun on its own.

Galaxy of Happiness

The name of this Latitude Yachts, 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 mono yacht without sacrificing bougie upgrades like a top-floor, open Jacuzzi. We’re mesmerized by this footage of the Galaxy in-action. It’s just … so beautiful.


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.


Honestly, there is nothing so classically romantic as a sailboat named after a great woman. Enter: Marie. Custom-built in the Netherlands to an Andre Hoek design (the super-boss of yacht development) by Vitters in 2010, Marie continues to break hearts from sea to sea, captivating us with giant sails and a ketch design (Maritime lingo for a two-masted sailing craft whose mainmast is taller than the mizzen mast). Seriously though — Marie’s sails carry a 33,500-square-foot area of sail. So, to answer your next question, yes, this baby is fast. The design is optimal for smooth sailing thanks to the stable hull. The interior is open-plan with traditional features like miniature cannons, muskets, and even a suit of armor, throwing a nod to the Golden Age of high-seas exploration. Below deck, the dining area boasts an oval table and a Steinway baby grand piano.

Jet Capsule

While we love giant and grand maritime vessels, Jet Capsule— the smart-car of the ocean— 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 mountain andwaterfall feature, palapa huts, and a grand stairway leading down to lounge cabanas and jet ski access — and that’s just on the outside.


‘Sea’ the Ocean in a Whole New Way with the Looker 370 Glass Bottom Boat

The perfect party boat for you and 29 of your fish-loving friends.

The Next-Gen Alpina B7 is the Luxury Speed Freak of Your Dreams

0-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds, yeah.

These Medieval Bandit9 Motorcycles Inspired by King Arthur Are Living in the Future

Bandit9’s newest motorcycle masterpieces, Arthur and Merlin, may reference medieval lore but the machines are living in the 61st century instead of the 6th.

Forget 4WD: These 6×6 Trucks Are the Only Way to Seriously Off-Road

Because size matters and more axles are always better than less.
Food & Drink

Busch Made Beer Cans Out of a Race Car and You Can Win One

If you like NASCAR and you like Busch, then you'll love this limited-edition series of beer cans.

Ford Revives the Harley-Davidson F-150 for 2019

Though the release was without the typical fanfare as per Ford’s known for, the 2019 Harley-Davidson F-150 will be an absolute boon to Ford’s already stellar F-150 track record.

PlugVan Converts Most Vans Into Full-Fledged Campers in 5 Minutes

Your van can be backcountry-ready for the weekend and back to work Monday morning.

KTM Releases Your New Favorite Motorcycle, the 790 Adventure and Adventure R

This is a motorcycle that’s been designed to go anywhere you’d like and get you back home without a problem.

Cake’s Newest Electric Motorcycle Prepares for Its Street Debut

Built as a fully street-legal electric motorcycle, the Kalk& (yes, that's the name) furthers the Swedish company’s minimalistic design and engineering aesthetic.

5 Best Car Movies to Watch Again and Again

Everything that makes cinema extravagant and exciting is only enhanced by automotive action.

The RMK E2 Electric Motorcycle Wants to Rival Harley’s New LiveWire

Finland has produced more world racing titles than any other country on Earth. As such, it’s easy to understand the thought process behind this new bike.

All the Presidents’ (Coolest) Cars: A Look at How the POTUS Rolls

The presidential state car serves as a reflection of technological progress, the style of the time, and the stark realities of safety and security concerns.

Tesla’s Model 3 ‘Price Drop’ May Foretell a Looming Reckoning

If you looked at some news headlines, the $35,000 Model 3 is already here. So what gives and why does the faux price tag possibly spell a looming disaster?

BMW’s M850i xDrive Is Perfect for When the Road Is Long and the Pursuit Is Pleasure

BMW has been out of the grand touring game for some time but the rebirth of the 8 Series gives the brand an aspirational model it so desperately needs.