The Maya GT, the first vessel from German start-up Mayla Yachts, is a real game changer.
Combining breakneck performance of a speedboat with luxe amenities of a superyacht, the so-called “superboat” is the brainchild of Christopher Gelsdorf and Oliver Arnault, two veterans of the sports car manufacturing industry who founded Mayla in 2021 on a shared passion for boating.
“Launching the Mayla GT at Boot Ddsseldorf is an exhilarating milestone for us at Mayla,” Gelsdorf said of its launch event in Germany.
“This high-end carbon-fiber superboat embodies our dedication to redefining luxury powerboats. Its fusion of cutting-edge technology, unmatched performance, and unwavering commitment to elegance marks a new era in the world of luxury sports boats.”
The model presented at the tradeshow is the Mayla GTS, which features a deep-V carbon prepreg hull measuring 44 feet and a pair of 650-horsepower supercharged V8s, each adapted by GM Marine and Ilmore from the C7 Chevrolet Corvette’s powerplant, according to New Atlas. Mayla GTS is able to reach speeds above 70 knots (81+ mph) thanks to its weight-to-power of 7.7 pounds/hp.
However, that’s just the entry level powerplant. The 2,200-hp GTR variants and the 3,100-hp GTR-R reach speeds up to 100+ knots.
Mayla GT is a speedboat that can rival any in terms of performance, but it can’t compete with its opulence. A luxury cabin is located below deck. It features a double bed with Alcantara, a head and separate shower, a wardrobe with vanity, TV screens, premium audio, and Alcantara seats.
Open cockpit has space for eight people, sliding sun loungers and shock-absorbing helm chairs, as well as a barbecue, a foldaway table and storage. Mayla GT could be the fastest boat with its garage for storing jet skis, and electric transom doors that can convert into a platform to host a beach party.
Entry-level Maya GTS will start between $1.75 to $1.85 million. Mayla invites interested customers to submit an online application to participate in a spring 2024 sea trial.