Marquis Yachts LLC, makers of Marquis and Carver Yachts, said today that it partnered with Toyota Motor Corp.’s Marine Department to engineer and build a prototype concept boat that applies the Lexus design to a maritime concept.
The result is a 42-foot open sport yacht built in the company’s Pulaski, Wis., plant.
“The selection of our organization is a recognition of the ability of our employees to build high-quality boats to the impressive standards of a premier automaker like Lexus — a company that has come to symbolize precision execution and quality in the minds of luxury consumers,” Marquis Yachts LLC president and CEO Rob Parmentier said in a statement.
The project used all of the in-house capabilities at Marquis, including engineering, modeling, mold-making, layup of composite structures, metal shop fabrication, upholstery, paint and other techniques, said Marquis design vice president and project lead Josh Delforge.
“We worked closely with Diesel Center Frabetti Design of Italy and with the Lexus designers and Toyota Marine engineers from Japan to ensure we met the exacting quality and performance standards Lexus expects when putting their name on a product,” Delforge said.
The Lexus Sport Yacht concept made its global debut today at a Lexus-hosted “Through the Lens” global media event in Miami.
“Marquis Yachts management and employees immediately took ownership and have invested themselves in this incredible project as if it were theirs, and we felt a kindred spirit and trust in them,” Toyota marine department general manager Hioshi Morimitsu said. “We are honored to have worked side by side with Marquis on this very expressive and unique project for Lexus.”
“In building the Lexus Sport Yacht concept, we managed and administered a quality program to their exacting standards and expectations: We’ll apply what we’ve learned to all Marquis and Carver yachts going forward,” said Paul Liss, Marquis’ vice president of operations and manufacturing.
“We worked with extreme tolerance levels to construct this boat: Essentially these are aerospace-like tolerances and specifications,” Liss said. “I am very proud to be a part of this, as is our entire team. This will raise our own quality and construction standards to new levels.”