If James Bond were a hipster yuppie, then the Rand Picnic 18 might be his boat of choice to entertain — though not to escape from a villain. The Picnic 18 is a dayboat that is designed and powered to be eco-friendly but with a touch of luxury. Its clean, modern lines emerged from a design by Danish architect Carl Kai Rand, and its intended power is an electric Torqeedo outboard. In addition, its teak fl oors are made of recycled materials.
The 18-foot craft is designed for social interaction, with a built-in table and seating for up to 10 people toward the bow. The large seating area wraps to the sides and front of the helm, so the captain can be part of the social scene, even underway, and if sunbathing is more important than snacking, the table lowers to convert the area into a sun lounge. That’s in addition to the sunpad on the transom.
The hull is lightweight — around 650 pounds — so transporting it by trailer will be easy. Large storage areas in the hull mean it‘s simple to stow the cushions, life vests and other dayboating essentials. While the open-to-the-sky configuration will appeal to many passengers, a Bimini top can provide shade when it’s called for.
With a Torqeedo Cruise 10.0 electric engine, top speed is about 15.5 mph, but run time is about an hour. Slowing down to about 4 mph provides closer to 20 hours of fun on the water. With a 40 hp Mercury, top speed jumps to about 28 mph. Two smaller Torqeedo options and two smaller Mercury options are available.
The Picnic 18 starts at around $16,200.
Rand Boats, randboats.com