US manufacturer reveals luxury Houseyacht line
The Houseyacht by Reina Boats will launch this autumn. The new concept is the brainchild of Reina founders Hayri Dayi and Emin Günal.
Günal designed the Reina line of Houseyachts, including 26ft, 34ft, 44ft and 60ft models. The Reina line includes five models ranging from a floating RV to a luxurious, two-storey ‘waterfront condo’.
Reina Houseyachts are currently being constructed in Turkey. The first model, the Reina Live 44 DR, is scheduled to arrive in Miami in September 2023 and make its world debut at the 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this October.
The idea for the Houseyacht came to the Reina team during the Covid pandemic, when the founders saw a surge in popularity not only in the boating lifestyle but also in holidaying on the water with family. At the same time, however, they identified the need for a different kind of vessel that could deliver all the amenities people new to boating desired.
“Many boats do not have the living space to provide all the accommodations and comforts people want. Power catamarans offer more volume but also have become quite expensive. That left houseboats as the only option,” Günal says.
In researching the US houseboat market, however, Günal and Dayi say that the vessel designs were largely outdated. “The existing houseboats were stuck in the design of the 1980s, and almost 90 per cent of the houseboats on the water were commercially rented vessels. They were boats that yacht and catamaran owners would never consider buying,” Günal says.
That led the Reina team to develop the concept of the Houseyacht. “Our goal is to make a comfortable life on the water available to everyone. We are creating a whole new way of liveaboard cruising and recreational boating with designs that merge luxury and accessibility. We set out to do all this without compromising on quality,” Günal says.
Reina complies with CE Class C, ABYC, and US coast guard standards. The boats are made of marine-grade aluminium, and the hull design is based on catamaran engineering principles.
The Reina line is powered by Mercury outboard engines, which align with Reina’s goal to help reduce emissions, promote sustainability and product longevity. “The latest generation of Mercury outboards… are fuel efficient, remarkably quiet, and operate smoothly. They also are certified with an ultra-low emissions rating from the California Air Resources Board.”
In addition, Reina offers lithium-ion phosphate batteries as an alternative power source, eliminating the need to run a generator in order to reduce emissions further and promote sustainability.
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Reina Boats is the manufacturer of house yachts, pontoon boats and recreational seaborne vehicles.