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Aquila 42 Yacht Expands Flybridge Choices

The 42 Yacht joins Aquila’s 44, 54 and 70 flybridge fashions

It’s not clear at first why Aquila added a brand new 42 to its Yacht line, with no plans to discontinue its best-selling 44 Yacht. That’s, till you step on board the brand new vessel.

“They appeal to two completely different consumers,” says Alain Raas, Model Supervisor at Aquila Energy Catamarans. “However this would be the begin of a brand new era of our Yacht line. And what’s particular about this one is its cabin configuration — it’s distinctive for a 42ft boat.”

The 42 Yacht options Aquila’s iconic ahead flybridge steps

Hull primary had an fascinating stateroom configuration, with the master bedroom portside, the smaller VIP starboard, plus up entrance, within the centre of the 21ft-wide powercat, a ‘utility’ cabin for the captain. However first, let’s speak concerning the efficiency of hull one, which I ran within the Gulf of Mexico close to Aquila’s Clearwater headquarters in Florida.

The Gulf of Mexico that day was calm, with a minor chop, and few different boats on the water. We handed the native ‘Pirate’ ship, a vacationer attraction formed like a barque however utilizing diesel energy. There was additionally a go-fast get together boat, additionally carrying vacationers, that attracted a pod of dolphins wake browsing on the bow. In brief, it was a beautiful Florida day.

The 42 Yacht retains Aquila signatures together with massive aft platforms

Normal diesel engines for the 42 Yacht are twin 230hp Volvo Penta D4s, however our boat featured the upgraded 300hp variations, whereas there’s an extra improve possibility of two 370hp Yanmar 8LV engines.

As we piloted from the flybridge, the boat got here on airplane in eight seconds. At 1,500rpm, pace was 9.3 knots; at 2,500, 12.4 knots; at 3,000, 18.1 knots. Finally, the 300hp Volvo Penta D4s had been in a position to push our boat to a prime finish of over 21 knots at 3,450rpm.

Hanging Out

The hull form by French naval structure agency VPLP features a sharp entry and planing surfaces operating the size of the sponsons. Exterior house is 610sqft, almost the identical as the inside, with notably beneficiant areas being the flybridge (192sqft), aft cockpit (137sqft) and sides/foredeck (218sqft).

The crane system for the tender can maintain up a hammock

An modern characteristic value mentioning is the strict crane system for the tender, which, on our boat, was a Highfield Traditional 340 GT.

A winch extends and retracts the crane from the flybridge, whereas an digital winch lowers and raises the tender. And when the boat is out, it will probably serve to carry up a hammock! It’s a intelligent system tailored from the crusing world.

The foredeck has two versatile sunpads, every in a position to host a pair

The swim platform can be broad, permitting quick access throughout the transom to the facet passages to the foredeck. The cockpit options an aft couch and a big desk, whereas ahead is the model’s signature bar space.

The facet passages felt secure, with sturdy handrails for straightforward passage from stern to the bow. The foredeck has two double solar loungers and small seats tucked into the ahead edges of the sponsors.

Accessible from the cockpit and foredeck, the flybridge has a central moist bar

The broad stairs as much as the flybridge — a normal characteristic on all Aquila’s Yacht flybridge fashions — are a significant differentiator in what Aquila payments as an oceangoing boat. There’s nothing like quick, quick access from the helm to the anchor rode to reinforce the onboard expertise.

Up prime, the flybridge is large, boasting not solely the sq. footage however monumental headroom. “We had 15 individuals seated right here the opposite day,” Raas says.

The flybridge has L-shaped seating aft and alongside the port facet

The format contains an L-shaped lounge that runs alongside the port facet and rear, an alfresco eating desk, and centre island galley that features a grill and fridge. There are additionally seats on either side of the two-seat helm within the centre.

Inside Choices

Of the inside’s complete habitable house of 621sqft, the saloon and galley occupy 240sqft, whereas the three (or 4) cabins and heads complete 381sqft. My preliminary impression was that of a ship the place open house is the precedence, relatively than rooms being jig-sawed into tight quarters.

Aquila options cockpit bar stools by the galley countertop

As per the 44 Yacht, the cockpit connects to the galley through a gap window and counter, with two bar-style seats. That sort of association connects inside and outside on fair-weather days, whereas when it’s raining, all the things buttons down properly.

The principle saloon is on a barely raised platform to starboard, whereas hull one featured the usual format, and not using a decrease helm. As an alternative, there’s a portside console with devices for monitoring engine stats, efficiency and GPS coordinates. Aquila gives the inclusion of a decrease helm as an improve and Raas mentioned the choice has been chosen on about half of the present orders.

The raised saloon enjoys loads of pure gentle from wraparound home windows

I wasn’t loopy concerning the wall materials, a faux-wood-grained Formica surrounded by hardwood frames. It made the boat look cheaper than a yacht-calibre vessel ought to. Raas countered that the fabric doesn’t age like actual wooden, including to resale worth a number of years down the street.

I favored the remainder of the 42 Yacht’s inside — very a lot. The home windows are massive, so pure gentle is plentiful, and headroom is beneficiant, even within the staterooms.

To port is the choice of a cupboard (pictured) and console or a decrease helm

The total-length master bedroom to port encompasses a queen-sized berth, desk house, distinctive storage and a ahead en-suite rest room with a big glass bathe (together with rainforest showerhead).

The VIP to starboard is shorter in size however not cramped and options an aft-facing mattress and, once more, a big en-suite rest room, this time aft.

The master bedroom within the port hull has a desk by the window

Within the three-cabin possibility, the ahead utility cabin turns into a bigger third stateroom by having a double berth athwartships, slicing out the starboard bulkhead and utilizing the house for the big storage field ahead within the starboard hull as an en-suite, accessed by steps.

Within the four-cabin format, the starboard cabin turns into the grasp, and the port hull options two cabins, fore and aft of a shared rest room.

This unit options the ahead utility cabin

Match and end was distinctive throughout each inside and exterior, from the glass work to the double stitching within the exterior seating to the massive beefy stainless cleats which have change into an Aquila signature.

Like all Aquila powercats, the boat is constructed on the Sino Eagle Group manufacturing facility, however this time the ability used single-piece moulds for each hulls and the superstructure.

The primary 42 Yacht in Asia is anticipated in 2024

“That was a problem for manufacturing as a result of all the things is vacuum-bagged and these embody very huge moulds,” Raas says. “However doing it this fashion quickens manufacturing and makes it a a lot stronger boat.”

The 42 Yacht is rated for 12 passengers offshore and 21 on the dock. With the exhausting prime, the peak above the waterline is 18ft, which might be a problem with low bridges, though the yacht might be ordered with out the exhausting prime.

Different models are set for Dubai and Australia

All in all, a terrific cruising cat, with a lot of house and considerate cabin choices, and a welcome addition to Aquila’s rising flybridge household.

This text first appeared on Yacht Type.

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