How does one judge the top 10 coolest looking boats on the planet? Eye appeal—or at least, eye-grabbing ability—is the number one qualification. And after gazing upon countless craft, we’ve settled on these ten as winners. You may or may not agree, but in each case we think these picks are works of nautical art, in one way or another.1. Sea BreacherWhat could be cooler than a boat that looks like an orca? Or for that matter, one that can be finished to look like a shark, torpedo, or alien spacecraft? The Sea Breacher is a semi-submersible boat that can cruise at speeds up to 50-mph, thanks to a 255-hp Rotax engine. It can dive five feet beneath the surface, and leap 16’ into the air. It can even lighten your wallet—by $65,000 or so – but that will be money well spent, if you want the most totally awesome-looking boat in the marina.
2. The SWATH Sea Shadow
SWATH stands for “small waterplane area twin hull,” which is a fancy way of saying it’s a cat that has a tiny amount of drag. And the Sea Shadow is the most unique of all SWATH vessels; it’s the US Navy’s testing ship, also known as the IX 529. It may come as a surprise that this boat was built all the way back in the 1980’s, but with one look, it should be no surprise the Sea Shadow makes this list.
3. Planet Solar
At 102’ long by 49’ wide, this colossal craft doesn’t just look like the craziest boat under the sun – it also gets its power from the sun. Covered in solar panels, in full sunlight it produces 127 fossil-fuel-free horsepower, and can cruise at up to 10 knots. It was built to prove that solar power has value at sea, by cruising around the world courtesy of the sun’s rays, alone. But the price tag may be enough to make your envious eyeballs pop: building this boat cost $26 million.