Fast and Furious: Best Boats for the Great Lakes

Fast and Furious: Best Boats for the Great Lakes

Fast and Furious:

Best Boats for the Great Lakes


This week we take a deep dive at boats purchased by Great Lakes clients during recent months and highlight some of the most popular fast boats for sale for this region. These ten Great Lakes boats range in size between 27 to 72 feet and combine comfort, fast speeds. This exclusive collection of luxury boats for sale is immediately available in stock and can be delivered to you (with few exceptions) in just four weeks!

No matter what kind of experience you’re seeking in the inland seas, from high-speed open water racing to gentle cruising through coves and channels, these outstanding fast boats for sale in Canada present a unique opportunity to invest in your passion.


Top 10 Best Boats for the Great Lakes

1. Riva Iseo  –  27 ft

Riva Iseo is one of our favorite luxury day boats for sale to enjoy on the Great Lakes — after all, it’s named after one great lake. Iseo is the lake in Italy where the history of Riva yachts started back in 1842.

Thanks to its water jet propulsion, Riva Iseo can access areas with very shallow seabeds, which makes it ideal for yachting in the Great Lakes at a maximum speed of 41 knots! A classic gem, with six comfortable seats, Iseo is quiet and fast. It is also the first craft in its class to be equipped with infotainment and GPS charting systems from an Apple iPad platform. Thanks also to its classy and bespoke Riva trolley, it makes a statement anywhere you take it.

Only one brand new Riva Iseo boat for sale is currently in stock in North America and is available through Executive Yacht – your exclusive Riva dealer across Canada.



2. Riva Aquariva Super  – 33ft

A direct descendant of the iconic Aquarama (remember Brigitte Bardot’s or Sophia Lauren’s golden-age era posing on an iconic boat? That was the Riva Aquarama!), Riva has transfused into Aquariva Super all the qualities and timeless charm of its legendary ancestor.

With a length of 33 feet,  soft and elegant lines for woods, and luxurious leather finishes – Aquariva is the most stylish fast boat in its range to roam the Great Lakes. In all its nostalgic glory, this outstanding yacht also features state of the art technology: A two-speed gearbox boosts the acceleration of the twin 370 HP Yanmar engines, enabling outstanding performances up to 41.5 knots.

There’s only one new Aquariva available at the moment in North America. You can vet her with an Executive Yacht expert,  admire her exquisite fittings, and  – why not – make her your own.



3. Riva Dolceriva – 48 ft

If you’re looking for an early Christmas gift to yourself, this next-in-line 48 footer might be the one. Expected in December 2020, Riva Dolceriva is an open yacht that launches a new style direction for Riva yachts, without deviating from all the Riva details we love: the beautiful, glossy mahogany and all-time classic blue pinstripe just above the waterline. We also love the open swim platform and the integrated storage for a Seabob, the ultimate Great Lakes gadget! A comfortable cabin makes her ideal for memorable summer overnight stays on the water.

Dolceriva owners have a choice of two propulsion options, both powered by two Volvo Penta D13 engines. Speed lovers can opt for a more powerful package offering a top speed of 40 knots and a cruising speed of 35. The slower package can reach a top speed of 35 knots and a cruising speed of 27. Some additional customization options might still be possible, so please contact our Executive Yacht team sooner than later!



4. Pershing 5x – 54ft 

A true “fighter jet” Pershing 5X is set to sail for new horizons at great speeds, up to 45 knots.

With a focus on performance and innovation, this 54-foot-long bold coupe allows 12 people onboard to experience the famous “Pershing Thrill.” Ready for her next adventurer, Pershing 5X hull No 25 is available for immediate delivery from Ft. Lauderdale through Executive Yacht.

Her unique features include a hydraulically operated platform at the stern that can be lowered more than 50 cm below the water surface, providing a convenient submerged area for the guests.

Owners can choose between a 1,000-horsepower Cat C12.9s paired to surface drives with auto-trim for a cruising speed of 41 knots and a top speed of 45, and a pair of 725-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS950s, which offers a cruising speed of 30 knots and a top speed of 35 knots.



5. Ferretti Yachts 550 – 55 ft

A rare combination of elegance and practicality, the Ferretti Yachts 550, is a flybridge yacht for sale whose appeal is set to endure. You can see it for yourself in Fort Lauderdale, where hull number 49 of the series is immediately available, waiting for her new owner!

The lowered flybridge and the new forward lounge area on the wheelhouse offer fabulous alfresco spaces to experience the Great Lakes in total privacy. The large hull windows blend perfectly into the overall look, bathing its three cabins in natural light and opening up superb vistas from inside.

The Ferretti Yachts 550 feature twin diesel engines that allow for great cruising speeds of 26 knots and a maximum speed of 30 knots. Experience the feeling over a sea trial with Executive Yacht!



6. Riva 66’ Ribelle – 66 ft

Riva 66’ Ribelle is a stunning Great Lakes boat for sale that will capture the eyes of many while giving a smooth ride. Ribelle’s bold, maverick spirit is not only manifested by her name; there is nothing ordinary about this magnificent boat that combines exclusive style with the pleasure and comfort of an array of ingenious onboard features.

Over 65 feet in length, with three cabins plus one for the crew, she travels at a cruising speed of 33 knots. Anchored in Fort Lauderdale, Riva 66’ Ribelle is available for immediate delivery in the Great Lakes area through Executive Yacht.




7. Ferretti Yachts 670 – 67ft

The Ferretti Yachts 670 makes a captivating impression with her outstanding use of space, inside and out, assuring a perfect blend of conviviality and privacy for the owner and guests.

With a length of  67 feet, Ferretti 670 offers amenities and design features often found on larger boats for sale. The Ferretti 670 boasts a magnificent master stateroom with optional office or lounge in the three-stateroom version; a Great Lakes boat fit for a king and queen.

Ferretti 670 is equipped with two MAN engines with a rated output of 1000 hp, allowing a cruising speed of 25 knots and a maximum speed of 28 knots. Can you think of a more exciting way to holiday on the Great Lakes or the seas in absolute comfort and spoiling luxury? Step onboard either on hull number 15 in Huntington or hull number 19 in Florida, both available for sale through Executive Yacht — your exclusive Ferretti Yachts dealer for Eastern Canada.



8. Pershing 7x – 70ft

Combining the intimacy and conviviality of a private island with the uncompromising freedom to fly on the Great Lakes at 50 knots, the new Pershing 7X presents one of the best luxury yacht ownership opportunities for this, and every, summer.

At 70 feet long, Pershing 7X concentrates the quintessence of the Pershing brand: lightness, speed, and performance in every detail. With her characteristic sleek, sporty features, the exterior design introduces two design innovations: the new Alu Silver shade of the hull and superstructure, and the two openings in the bulwarks, just like a race car.

The Pershing 7x is scheduled to make her European debut this September at the Cannes Yachting Festival, but there is one brand new yacht already available in North America. If you have been perennially dreaming of owning the fastest boat in the Great Lakes, get in touch with the Executive Yacht team today!



9. Pershing 70 – 70ft

According to avid speed enthusiasts, the thrill of taking a new Pershing 70 for a ride is unlike any other. With three cabins and enough room to entertain 16 people, the memories that can be created on this 70-foot yacht, that plows the waves at 46 knots, are endless.

Another phenomenal mixture of speed, comfort, and performance is down to the design,  which merges stunning looks and function with powerful engines and high-tech features unique to Pershing yachts. After all, Pershing’s design and engineering choices eventually become a standard in the nautical world. The onboard experience is complemented by luxurious and sophisticated interiors and top-notch automation system worthy of larger yachts.

Currently, a brand new 2020 Pershing 70, number 25 of the series, is available for sale, while the equally stunning 2017 Pershing 70 hull No 14 is available for trade-in Fort Lauderdale through Executive Yacht.



10. Ferretti Yachts 720 – 72 ft

If you’re in the market for a waterfront home at the Great Lakes, consider the Ferretti Yachts 720 as a better alternative to experience life on the water.

The new Ferretti 720 is like home: Your home to inhabit the sea with style, elegance, and a deep sense of well-being; a home that can also take you to places at a top speed of 28 knots and a cruising speed of 24. This Great Lakes boat raises the bar on the navigation experience thanks to her incredible spaces, plentiful storage areas, and out-of-the-ordinary ceiling heights. With a length of  72 feet, she offers a number of functional and styling solutions that are highly innovative for a vessel of her size.

Debuted in North America at the Miami Yacht Show in February 2020, the Ferretti 720 instantly turned heads and continues to do so. She enjoys a significantly high demand worldwide, with two vessels recently sold and one under contract. There is only one Ferretti 720 yacht in production for January 2021 delivery!


The Great Lakes cover about 95,000 square miles. They can be challenging, but provide an incredible playground for summertime boating adventures, as long as you keep a close eye on the weather and have a suitable boat for where you plan to go. As Canada’s leading luxury yacht brokerage firm, we know the best boats for the Great Lakes. Contact us today to find the vessel of your dreams.