Sunday, February 22, 2009

Most beautiful Boat Ever? Yours for $875k.

Though I have been to Boyne City, MI before - up at the east end of Lake Charlevoix, I have never had a chance to stop and visit Van Dam Custom Boats, a manufacturer and restorer of custom wood boats. While most of their work involves more tradtional runabouts and launches, based on old Hacker designs, they worked with Michael Peters Yacht Design few years back to create the beautiful Alpha Z 33.


I have always wondered what would happen if you used a traditional wood boat-building approach and adapted it to a modern offshore design, and the Alpha Z gives us a pretty good idea of the result. The boat is totally custom and one-of-a-kind, boasting an 800hp fuel injected engine built by legendary builder Keith Eickart. Steinway Piano supplied the mahogany wood used in its construction, and the boat can easily do 100mph.

You can learn more about this fantastic boat by visiting the Alpha Z website, at www.alphazmotorboats.com. Apparently, it's also currently offered for sale at a cool $875k. In the current market, you can surely buy a faster boat for far less, but I'm not sure you could buy anything better looking or more unique.

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