They’re selling the original boat from Miami Vice, the cult powerboat of the 1980s


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Wellcraft Scarab 38KV - MIAMI VICE
Wellcraft Scarab 38KV original MIAMI VICE – Image courtesy of YachtCreators

“I can’t do it…too many memories.” The Wellcraft Scarab 38KV is a symbol of 1980s seafaring, the quintessential American-Style powerboat, the boat that made thousands of viewers dream, even here in Europe. You got it, we are talking about the star boat of Miami Vice. And you know the beauty of it all? It is for sale!

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Wellcraft Scarab 38KV – the Miami Vice boat is for sale

On Air from 1984 to 1989 (’86-92 in Italy), Miami Vice was one of the most successful television shows of the 1980s, boosting a stratospheric budget of 1.3 million per episode and ridiculously iconic vehicles. These include, of course, the Wellcraft Scarab 38KV, Don Johnson’s boat (Sonny Crockett in the series). And yes, it is now for sale.

Not a replica, not a set duplicate, but the original, the No. 1 used, complete with Universal Studios certification. For those interested, find the ad here:

MIAMI VICE - Wellcraft Scarab 38KV - Image courtesy of YachtCreators
Wellcraft Scarab 38KV – Photo courtesy: YachtCreators

Wellcraft Scarab 38KV

Abandoning the Hollywood‘s hype and leaving Miami Vice behind, this still is a classic, a cult boat, symbol not only of the show, but of the 1980s in general. It was the dream of an whole generation, and it just takes a glimpse of it, of its lines, its interior, or even the pastels of its livery, to understand why it had such an incredible success.

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It is just undeniable, the Scarab 38KV was the ideal powerboat, it was the very image evoked by the word itself. And it was such for at least a decade, so much so that it increased Wellcraft’s revenues by 21 percent within the single first year…

Wellcraft Scarab 38KV
Wellcraft Scarab 38KV – Photo courtesy: YachtCreators

But, speaking of the boat itself, it is a 38KV in perfect condition, freshly refitted down to the smallest detail. A refit that touched everything: interior, exterior, livery, graphics, systems, engines and Kevlar-reinforced hull. The result? A missile, a machine still capable of speeds up to 70 knots.

Wellcraft Scarab 38KV
Wellcraft Scarab 38KV – Photo courtesy: YachtCreators

And, if iconic status and performances are not enough, it is complete with every amenity that such a muscle-boat can offer. In the cockpit we find a sporty layout (complete with double racing seats), full wheelhouse and recessed aft sofa to protect every passenger, even at the insane speeds the boat can reach. But it is below deck that the magic takes place, offering space and comfort that the exteriors definitely do not suggest. Complete with salon, galley, head and double cabin, it offers everything needed to have fun at sea, even extending one’s joyrides well beyond the daily outing.

Wellcraft Scarab 38KV – Interior – Photo courtesy: YachtCreators

Wellcraft Scarab 38KV- Data Sheet


Length Over All (LOA) 11.3 m
Baglio Massimo (Bmax) 2.43 m
Fishing 0.9 m
Motorization 2x 650-hp MerCruiser 420
Maximum Speed 70 kn (80mph)
Cabins 2
Construction site Wellcraft


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