Aquila Yachts marks milestone with 100th boat

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Aquila Yachts has built its 100th boat, an Aquila 44, which was named “Best New Multihull between 40 and 49 feet” in the 2014 AIM Media Editor's Choice Awards.

Construction of Aquila Power Catamarans began in 2012 when Sino Eagle Group began building the Aquila 38 specifically for MarineMax for its new charter business in the British Virgin Islands.

“This is an exciting and momentous occasion for us,” Sino Eagle Group CEO Frank Xiong said in a statement. “From the very beginning we have felt the Aquila Power Catamarans were the best in the world, and we have been excited to be a part of the team designing and building them. We look forward to surpassing this milestone and continuing to celebrate many more.”

In 2012 multiple development, design and manufacturing firms — Sino Eagle Group, J&J Design Group, Seaway and MarineMax — collaborated to expand the Aquila range by developing a new purebred power catamaran.

The international team consisted of MarineMax’s Lex Raas, J&J Design Group and its development arm, Seaway, which have worked on designs for Azimut, Bavaria, Beneteau, Dufour, Jeanneau and Monte Carlo.

The group began the process of designing the first true Aquila Power Catamaran, the Aquila 48.

“Bringing this group of companies together made for a very knowledgeable and powerful team. We’ve been able to combine our experience and expertise to design and build boats that are innovative and truly setting new standards for the industry,” Lex Raas of MarineMax said.

To position itself to become a boatbuilder, Sino Eagle Group built a new factory that provided the Aquila brand with full in-house manufacturing capabilities.

“Congratulations to the Sino Eagle Group, J&J Design and MarineMax teams for their hard work on designing and building industry-leading catamarans. Passionate teams pulling together has created winning products for our customers,” MarineMax CEO Bill McGill said.

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