December 29th 2016. By Kim Kavin.

Meet Aquila: A Superyacht Collaboration Meant to Birth an Entire Range

Worth Avenue Yachts has just introduced Aquila, a 236-foot concept yacht that is intended to be the first in a range of yachts to come.

The partnership that brought the superyacht Aquila into existence includes a number of leading players in the yacht industry. Bruce Greenwood is a Worth Avenue Yachts sales broker with about 30 years’ experience in the business; BMT Nigel Gee, which handled naval architecture, is a British firm with more than 25 years’ experience; Christopher Seymour Designs, whose concepts have appeared on CNN, Bloomberg and more, was responsible for exterior design; award-winning designer Evan K. Marshall created the interiors; and Carl Esch, who has worked with everyone from Astondoa to Neptunus Yachts, was the design and project consultant.

“Under the Aquila style, we’re going to bring in boats of different sizes,” Greenwood says. “There will be maybe a 45-meter, a 50-meter, a 60-meter in that style.”

Aquila is the first of a new line of designs in the superyacht market, which is estimated to have a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

Aquila is the first of a new line of designs in the superyacht market that is estimated to have a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

The plan is to begin introducing the additional designs in 2017, Greenwood says.

Aquila would be built with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, with her design to MCA standards should the owner want to put her into the charter market. The design accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms, and has quarters for 20 crew.

Top speed would be 18 knots, with a cruising speed of 15 knots. At an economical cruising speed of 12 knots, Aquila is expected to be a world explorer with a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

The initial renderings of Aquila show a substantial beach club with an infinity swimming pool and foldout bulwarks that create an indoor-outdoor space adjacent to the swim platform. The renderings also show an array of surprising hull-paint suggestions, ranging from traditional white and gray to far bolder orange, aquamarine and red.

Delivery is estimated for 2019, should the Aquila concept find a buyer.

Kim Kavin

Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of 10 books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine