This Shark-Shaped Yacht Is Setting Sail in 2023


The sight of a dorsal fin cutting through the ocean is almost always an unwelcome sight—we saw, after all, what happened in Jaws. But a new shark-shaped yacht from Alpha Custom Yachts lets you reclaim some of this fear by channeling the animal’s most menacing qualities into a fun activity: boating. Named Squalo Trenta, Alpha’s newest semi-custom yacht was designed to mimic the silhouette of the one of the ocean’s top-feared predators, Robb Report shares. The boat’s name is a direct reference to her prominent design elements: Squalo means shark in Italian, and Trenta (which means 30) alludes to the yacht’s 30-meter (or 98-foot) length.

Unlike a turtle-shaped yacht that debuted in November, the shark-shaped yacht isn’t an exact depiction of the animal. Instead it channels the essence of the beast: It’s imposing, sleek, powerful, and cuts through the water with ease. Italian yacht design studio Roberto Curtó Design was responsible for the exterior styling, interiors, and layout. Massimo Verme handled the naval architecture.

Though its façade is commanding, the interiors are comforting. Inside, three spacious decks hold multiple entertainment options including an outdoor lounge pool, a bar, a wine cooler, and expansive televisions. The vessels can be fit with either four of five bedrooms, depending on the owner’s preferences, in addition to two crew cabins. Other customization options include the exterior color—though gray is the most shark-like, buyers could also go for black, red, or white—and the engine model. Depending on the latter, the shark glides at top speeds of 15 knots or 16.5 knots and cruises at 13.5 knots or 15.5 knots.

According to Robb Report, three Squalo Trentas are already in production and will be delivered in late 2023. The boats have been highly anticipated since the concept made waves—no pun intended—in 2022, bringing home the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Awards’ top award for a concept under 40 meters and was shortlisted for the same competition’s interior design award.

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