The Hong Kong-based yacht dealer showcases its top fleet of MVs
The middle child in Aquila’s three model-strong power catamaran lineup, the Aquila 44 truly hits the sweet spot. The 44-footer catamaran sits between the Aquila 48 and Aquila 36, and take many design and engineering cues from its bigger sister. Smart packaging also make this compact catamaran feel far larger than its size would suggest. The master cabin spans the entire length of its 21-ft beam, a feature rarely seen in boats of her size class. Extensive use of glazing on its saloon/galley area affords a 360-degree view of the ocean, maximising the enjoyment of the six guests its settee can accommodate. For guests who prefer to be outside, an oversized flybridge (fully covered by a canopy) provides more lounge spaces, with an additional sun pad that also functions as a ‘visor’ for the cockpit area.
Beneteau Gran Turismo 46
The Gran Turismo 46 is another fine example of a compact motor yacht that has features and interior space far more than its relatively modest size would suggest. With an overall length of just over 48 feet and beam measurements a hair under 14 feet, the Gran Turismo 46 has the livability of a larger yacht with the handling of a sport cruiser. Employing the second iteration of Beneteau’s Air Step hull design, the Gran Turismo 46 is capable of speeds just under 35 knots. A welcome surprise, since the boat boasts an aft-located full-beam master stateroom, interior and exterior cockpits that transform into sun lounges, and a hydraulically retractable swim platform.
Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht
Following the success of the Lagoon 620 and Lagoon Seventy 7 comes the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht, a powered variant of the former, which is a sail-powered catamaran. While she may not be a quick lady, with a cruising speed of 12 knots, she more than makes up for it in range, thanks to its remarkable efficiency and 3,000 litre fuel tank. This gives the Lagoon 630 a maximum cruising range just short of 3,000 nautical miles. In addition to that, the Lagoon 630 is built for luxury and comfort. Available in various configurations with four to six cabins, and a central or lateral galley, along with ample indoor/outdoor lounge areas, the Lagoon 630 is built to go places.
Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 86
Bigger is better, as the old saying goes, which would automatically qualify the Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 86 for “better” status. The third-largest offering to come from Monte Carlo Yachts (the fourth being the MCY 80), the MCY 86 looks every inch the superyacht, with its modern, clean hull lines and futuristic superstructure. But as the other saying goes, size isn’t everything. The MCY 86 is packed with technology, too, since its hull is constructed from composites and its modular interiors are prefabricated, then bonded in place. This modernity is reflected in the interiors, designed by Nuvolari Lenard, which is a paragon of luxurious restraint. That’s not to say the interiors aren’t clever – the outdoor deck features a pair of retractable tables that turn the area into a dining space or lounge at the touch of a button. As expected, noble materials abound. Venetian tiles, plus furniture from Armani Casa, Hermes or Poltrona Frau are available.
It says something about a boatyard when the entry-level model in its fleet is a 78-footer, a size class where many manufacturers’ ranges end. But this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since Sanlorenzo is also capable of building superyachts in the 200-foot range. It says even more that the aforementioned 78-footer has fully customisable interiors, like bigger craft to come from the Italian manufacturer. Again, like its superyacht stablemates, the SL78 features a garage located at the stern for a full-sized tender. But most of all, where the SL78 is most reminiscent of its larger cousins is in its design – modern, yet timeless and thoroughly Italian.