Aquila 44 order set for Australia

The first Aquila power catamaran that will be delivered to Australia was sold at the Palm Beach International Boat Show in Florida in March.

Australian brokerage Multihull Central said the first Aquila power catamaran that will be delivered to Australia was sold at the Palm Beach International Boat Show in Florida in March.

Andrew and Deirdre McLeod confirmed their order for a new Aquila 44 after a sea trial off Palm Beach after completing a worldwide search for a cruising powerboat.

The boat will be delivered to Australia next summer. The McLeods will then begin a cruise of Australia’s East Coast, attending boat shows and ports to promote the Aquila brand in the market.

“There’s just nothing else like the Aquila 44,” Andrew McLeod said in a statement. “We fell in love with her the first time we stepped aboard. The stability, quality of finish, living space, overall amenity and value for money that the Aquila 44 delivers is, in my view, unmatched by any other manufacturer.”

“I’m thrilled for Andrew and Dee, and I’m excited to see this new generation of power catamarans on its way to Australia soon,” Multihull Central director Brent Vaughan said.

Aquila, built by Sino Eagle Yacht Co., is a fusion of European, American and Asian innovation and includes 38-, 44- and 48-foot models.

The Aquila line is designed as cruising power catamarans through a collaboration of European design firm J&J Designs, which is also responsible for Greenline, and is the brainchild of industry veteran Lex Raas, who is also the president of charter and special initiatives at MarineMax.

“We feel that we have gotten the balance right,” Raas said of the Aquila 44. “We are very happy with how she has come together, and the design has been received extremely well by both the international and domestic markets.”


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