Hip Ship


If you happen to be well-off enough to afford your own boat, please don’t take the route of “more is more.” Classic design will stand the test of time, and you can still have your creature comforts, your technology and modern build quality while maintaining an air of good taste. All of these descriptors find a home in Firmship ($470,000), a 42-foot boat that looks as good today as it would have fifty years ago. Designed by nautical architect, William Nieland, Firmship is intentionally colored in a subtle gray from top to bottom, with the exception of fine teak woodwork on the deck, doors and interior. Powered by a Perkins M135 6-cylinder engine with hydraulic gear system, the Firmship is capable of hitting 10 knots and runs off 2 stainless steel 400 liter diesel tanks. There’s also an electric bilge pump system for 4 separate compartments, a shore electric plug-in system, and GPS and autopilot. Amenities include sleeping quarters for four with lower deck heating, a full bathroom with shower, custom Captain’s chair and sofa upholstery and a stained glass window designed with anchors, Moby Dick and the Jolly Roger. That’s good because you may have to act like a pirate to come up with the funds to buy it.

Price: $470,000 (incl. VAT)