Are the boats of today or those of the 1960s more beautiful?


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The eternal challenge from between those nostalgic for classic lines and those who want innovation at all costs inflames the discussions of enthusiasts. But who is right? Simple, none! The world of day cruisers has evolved so much, and today these boats are undoubtedly different from what they once were. As a result, we called it Med Boat. In the previous article we tried to define this term, which we decided to use for a very specific type of boat. Now before we dive fully into the world of contemporary day cruisers let’s take a look at what they looked like yesterday and what they look like today and what the common traits are.

Med Boat, the day cruiser of the Mediterranean

A typical example of a contemporary Med Boat we can find in this Frauscher hull. The vertical bow and the cockpit also on the bow are some of the most typical “features” of the new generation. Then ample sunbathing space and a very pronounced V-shaped hull because, yesterday as today, performance always pleases. However, there is a common trait that unites this genre boats with those of yesteryear. We are talking about the dashboard in which the “automotive” inspiration favoring simplicity and elegance of retro racing cars is very strong.

The “Med Boats” of the 1950s

The 1950s were now beginning almost 70 years ago. And what did the typical boats of that time look like? A classic speedboat of the 1950s was structured like this with a pronounced, sleek bow, cockpit designed like the cockpit of a car, and likewise the dashboard. The wheelhouse, as can be seen in the second photo, faithfully echoes the instruments of a car, in this case a very special one: a Lamborghini.

If you like this kind of powerboat in the next week we will tell you about the 32 best Med Boats out there right now: 22 boats and 10 ribs that fully embody this evolved day cruiser spirit.


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