This new 8.5-metre landing craft can chauffeur your Range Rover across the high seas

Roam Landing Craft

The versatile vessel is basically a floating trailer for your toys

Roam has labelled its newest model a rugged out-and-out utility vessel. Coincidentally, the catamaran can also carry your preferred sports-utility vehicle across the seas.

Featuring naval architecture by Argo Navis, the new Roam Landing Craft spans 8.5 metres from tip to tail and can be used to transport toys, tenders or your favourite Range Rover from ship to shore. You could even use it to chauffeur your guests between the mothership and the mainland.

It may not be the most stylish yacht on the market, but it certainly sounds like one of the most practical. The multihull has a draft of just under 60cm to ensure it can easily navigate shallow waters. With a beam of roughly three metres, it can seat up to six guests and two crew in total. It is also equipped with a drop-down door that makes loading and unloading vehicles a cinch.

Although the sprawling open deck was specifically designed to accommodate cars, the versatile platform can also double as a refuse and equipment area, a people carrier, a dive platform or a chic alfresco dining area. It features a rather elegant wooden deck, too, which gives a few style points.

As for grunt, the cat is powered by twin Mercury V-6 engines good for 176 hp each. Weighing roughly 4.4 tons, it can achieve a cruising speed of 20 knots and a maximum speed of 28 knots.

Roam Landing Craft
The open deck can fit everything from cars to tenders

The landing craft is the latest addition to Roam’s fleet of go-anywhere vessels. The line-up also includes inflatable boats, beach landers and adventure RIBs. The yard, which has offices in the UK and Monaco, also released a 35-metre shadow vessel called Roam 35 back in March

Built to order from aluminium, the new landing craft takes as little as six months to complete. It is also available in a smaller 7.6-metre size or a larger 11-metre one. The latter may be best if you want to schlep around a hulking four-wheeler, like, say, a full-size Mercedes-Benz GLS. Decisions, decisions.


This article was first published on Robb Report USA