Wednesday, March 29

Carry Your Car To Shore on ROAM

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The new 28-foot ROAM won’t win any awards for beauty, but if the idea is that form follows function, it’s definitely a winner.

An outboard-powered “rugged all-out-utility vessel,” according to its website, ROAM was designed by naval architects Argo Navis specifically to carry a car or SUV from yacht to shore, and vice versa.

ROAM was developed by Superyacht Tenders and Toys, a British company. They say their clients have “an increasing appetite for adventure and the desire to access remote areas in safety, comfort, and in the company of their toys.”

Actually, I wish I had carried such a craft on my trips up and down the Inside Passage to Alaska so I could have more easily explored the many remote islands, bays and even glaciers along the way. I made these trips, however, on 30-, 40-, and 50-foot boats, so carrying the ROAM would have been something of a problem.

ROAM is made with aluminum and has a catamaran hull shape to give it stability. It’s powered by two 175-hp Mercury outboards, with a top speed of 28 knots and a cruising speed of 20 knots. It can hold six passengers and two crew. Draft is just two feet, so there shouldn’t be a problem getting your Land Rover to the nearest beach.

It also has built-in lifting points so the crane on your superyacht can launch and retrieve it.

Specs.: LOA: 27’11”; Beam: 10’6”; Draft: 2’; Disp.: 8,818 lbs.; Fuel: 88 gals.; Water: NA; Power: 2×175-hp outboards. Read more:



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