Aquila Power Catamarans produces 100th boat
Published: Thursday, 10 August 2017
Chinese shipyard Aquila Power Catamarans has built its 100th boat – an Aquila 44.
(Photos: Aquila Power Catamarans - 100th boat Aquila 44)
The model was named “Best New Multihull 40-49ft” in the 2014 AIM Media Editor’s Choice Awards.
Frank Xiong, CEO of Sino Eagle Group, the Chinese shipyard of Aquila, said: “This is an exciting and momentous occasion for us. 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.”
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 (BVI).
In 2012, experts from multiple development, design, and manufacturing firms, namely, Sino Eagle Group, J&J Design Group, Seaway, and MarineMax, all collaborated to expand the Aquila range by developing a new, purebred power catamaran.
This international team consisted of MarineMax’s Lex Raas, a ]boat developer and charter industry veteran, and J&J Design group and their development arm, Seaway, who has worked on designs for Azimut, Bavaria, Beneteau, Dufour, Jeanneau and Monte Carlo. This group began the process of designing the first true Aquila Power Catamaran, the Aquila 48.
Lex Raas of MarineMax said: “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.”
Sino Eagle Group built a new factory for Aquila. The expanding Aquila range currently consists of the Aquila 36, Aquila 44, Aquila 48, and will soon be including the Aquila 60 (2019 debut).
MarineMax is the exclusive dealer for the Aquila brand boats throughout the world other than mainland China.
Bill McGill, CEO of MarineMax, said: “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.”