Named for the fabled Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows racing cars of the 1930s, the Arrow 460 Granturismo followed the same design process that Mercedes-Benz Style uses to create its luxury vehicles. The German firm worked with Silver Arrows Marine in Monaco and naval architect Van Oossanen in the Netherlands to integrate the lines and proportions of a Mercedes S-Class Coupe into a day cruiser.
The idea was conceived in 2009 by Gorden Wagener, vice-president of design for Daimler, Mercedes’ parent company. Mercedes has numerous design centres but it was the Advanced Design Centre for Mercedes-Benz Style on Italy’s Lake Como which developed Wagener’s idea: what if Mercedes-Benz Style designed a boat?
Measuring up at 14 meters long, the Arrow 460 is loaded with equipment to make sure your on water experience is just as luxurious as the hotel room you stayed in the night before. Mercedes says the boat combines the best of open-top cruisers with the privacy of a cabin-cruiser, with the large windscreen and windows over the cabin able to be raised and lowered to give you the feeling of being outside without all that pesky wind or spray from the ocean. The luxury motor yacht runs on twin Yanmar diesel engines with 480 horsepower and a top speed of 40 knots. The inside is fashioned from nubuck leather and eucalyptus wood paneling, with a blue and gray color palette that takes inspiration from the open sea. But the design can again be customized according to clients’ wishes.
The design team with Mercedes said that the Arrow was created to be a “crossover” that combines the advantages of an open boat with those of a hull cabin cruiser, “resulting in a vessel that is suitable for both day trips and overnight stays on board,” all with a style and profile that one would expect from the name Mercedes.
The selling price for the Arrow 460 Granturismo starts at $1.7 million. Accommodating up to 10 passengers, the vessel looks as a Jewel on the Sea.