May 10th 2017. By Lenny Rudow.

The five coolest custom yachts on YachtWorld

The unique custom vessels seen here on YachtWorld will blow you mind - and in a few cases, your budget.

Spend a significant amount of time browsing the listings on YachtWorld, and you’ll come to realize there’s no other way to look at so many different boats and yachts one after the next. What you’ll also discover is that on YachtWorld you’ll find unique and amazing vessels, ranging from uber-luxurious mega-yachts, to dinghies, surf boards, and even a paper boat. Recently we combed our listings to fine the five coolest custom yachts representing a wide range of cost. And while you might not agree on our choices, one thing’s for sure: whatever type of custom boat you’re looking for, if you can’t find it on Yachtworld you’re not likely to find it at all.

Check out 20 feet of one-of-a-kind, in the form of this Custom Gentleman’s Racer.

Check out 20 feet of one-of-a-kind, in the form of this Custom Gentleman’s Racer.

2010 Custom Gentleman’s Racer

Built by hand with Honduras and African mahogany, black locust, white oak, Douglass fir, sapele, and white cedar, this one-of-a-kind speedboat plies the waters of Muskoka Lake, Ontario. It’s been finished off with stain then treated to 10 coats of varnish and two coats of Epifanes, resulting in an eye-squinting shine set off by chrome-plated bronze hardware and stainless-steel fasteners. Upholstery is, naturally, leather.

The build-time for this custom creation was eight years, with an estimated 6,000 man-hours put into the woodwork alone. Fitted with a 5.7-litre 330 HP MerCruiser Black Scorpion, the boat runs between 50 and 60 MPH – and currently has a mere two hours on the engine. You’re still not convinced? Maybe this will push you over the edge: it even has an “aah-oogah” horn.

Price: $142,000. Visit the 2010 Custom Gentleman’s Racer listing.

Triple outboard, cold-molded, express-style, custom-built fishing boats are exceedingly rare. But we’ve got one for you, right here.

Triple outboard, cold-molded, express-style, custom-built fishing boats are exceedingly rare. But we’ve got one for you, right here.

Custom 34 Express

Anglers looking for a unique and impressive yet compact fishing boat will want to take a gander at this 2010 Custom 34 Express. Cold-molded by Wayne’s Custom Boats, it’s currently in Harker’s Island, NC, and is ready to run out into the open Atlantic for tunas and billfish. That run won’t take long – powered by triple Yamaha 300 HP HPDI outboards, this boat can cruise at around 35 MPH and breaks 41 MPH.

It’s a great example of eastern North Carolina custom boat-building craftsmanship, and the cold-molded construction results in a boat that weighs in at 14,000 lbs. That’s as much as 25 per cent less than a molded-glass boat of the same size, yet cold-molds tend to be every bit as sturdy and often ride even better than their molded brethren. Custom perks include an air conditioned helm, a Bluewater Marine fighting chair, a teak toe-rail, and teak covering boards aft.

Price: £207,000. Visit the Custom 34 Express listings.

Custom Tug trawler

It may have a classic look, but this custom job was just completed in 2010.

Ray Brown Custom Tug Trawler

Long-distance cruisers looking for that unusual trawler or live-aboard will find this Custom Tug Trawler, built by Ray Brown, about as cool as they come. This is a 42’ long, 13’6” wide steel boat, powered by a single 78 HP Gardner diesel inboard. From the outside it looks like a no-nonsense cruising machine, with attributes like watertight aluminum doors, 1.25” stainless-steel railings, and a 200-lb capacity aluminum yardarm. But on the inside this yacht is surprisingly modern and comfortable. Galley countertops are granite, the interior is cherry, interior decking is birch, and the head has a separate stall shower.

Price: £300,000. Visit our Tug Trawler listings.

Custom Tiki barge

If you like to throw parties aboard your yacht – really, really big parties – the Tiki Barge will be tough to top.

Tiki Barge

What began life in 1987 as a 120’ long, 40’ wide steel barge has been customized into a Tiki island mini-resort with two bars, a swimming pool, and a bath house. No, it doesn’t have any propulsion of its own, but to get your own Tiki Barge we’d say it’s worth buying your own tug boat, too. Currently located in tropical Baltimore, Maryland, the Tiki Barge has been serving as the pool for a down-town marina. Yes, we know it’s hard to believe, but you can see it for yourself on Google Earth (39’16”34.61 x 76’36”04.14).

Price: £773,096. Visit the Tiki Barge listing.

Custom yacht Northern Star

If you have an extra hundred million or so laying around, you have to ask yourself: why not?

Lurssen 248 Motor Yacht Northern Star

The Lurssen 248 Northern Star may have been constructed by a recognizable yacht-builder, but once they get this big, all yachts are custom-built. Northern Star has graced our editorial pages before, having placed number three in our article on the 10 Most Expensive Superyachts on Yachtworld. In attempting to describe her, however, we’re just not sure where to begin. The six-deck yacht has a stabilizer system (of course), an ice-class steel hull (of course), a fleet of four tenders (of course), a helipad (of course), and everything from a hot tub to a fitness room to an elevator. Of course.

Powered by a pair of Caterpillar diesels it can cruise at 15 knots and hits a top-end of 18 knots. It’s designed to sleep 12 in six staterooms, and carries 22 crew. The bad news? See the price, below. The good news? That’s actually dropped slightly, since the last time we wrote about this superyacht.

Price: £69,781,600. Visit the Northern Star listing.

With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.