Sumptuous, mansion-like yachts have their charm, but true sailors of furrowing seas will be much more impressed by the design concocted by Iguana Yachts. The Normandie-based company, founded in 2008 by Antoine Brugidou set out with the declared goal “to develop new technologies and sustainable products for motor cruising and boating in general.” Thus, on a rocky strip of sea between the bay of Mont Saint Michel and the south of Jersey, the Iguana 29’ was born. The concept is simple and function-oriented—a motor boat designed to withstand a tide that spans for miles, which can be masterfully steered among sandbanks, rocks and currents.
The yacht integrates a powerful Caterpillar propulsion system within the hull, but manages to maintain aesthetics, performance and seaworthiness. It weighs 4,400 lbs, can achieve a maximum speed of 35 knots per hour and is propelled by a 300 horsepower engine. Engineer Antoine Fritsch and designer Tanguy le Bhan wanted to create a boat that was “easy to live with.” The end result is just that—it can navigate across short strips of dry land at very low speeds, but eliminating the need to drive. Its angular design and sleek lines have not been sacrificed for the sake of function. All in all, it’s the all-in-one yacht that can take you across furious seas, rocky tides and even sandy land.