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Lexus is building a 65-foot luxury yacht – and you’ll actually be able to buy it

Following on from the one-of-a-kind concept boat it revealed at the beginning of 2017, Lexus has announced a second, larger yacht — and this one’s set to actually going on sale to the public. Meet the Lexus Sport Yacht.

The new boat increases the size from last year’s 42-foot cruiser – which only had space for eight members of the 1% – to a massive 65-foot monster with enough space for 15 public school alumni.

Lexus isn’t normally a brand you’d associate with the open seas, but it looks like this isn’t just a co-branding opportunity.

The previous boat featured a 5.0 litre Lexus V8 engine, which could also be found in the Lexus RC F coupe and the new LC 500 coupe, while the incoming Lexus Sport Yacht will pack two 5.0-litre V8s to help power its 885bhp capacity and top speed of 49mph.

The yacht will also draw upon Lexus’s Mobility Services Platform to provide smartphone integration, diagnostics and maintenance.

Overall, the yacht draws from the Lexus Design department, while being engineered by the Marine Division of Toyota, its parent company. Manufacturing will be handled in partnership with Marquis-Larson, a specialist in boat manufacturing.

While the previous, smaller model was only produced as a one-off concept, Lexus plans for the new yacht to go on sale in the US in the latter half of 2019 at a price that’s to be announced. If your hobbies include buying football clubs and beluga caviar, we’re sure it’ll be very affordable.

Other high-end car manufacturers that have started playing pirates recently include Porsche, Aston Martin and Bugatti.

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