Powercats are popular for yacht charters and the Aquila ’44 is no exception. The amount of space powercats provide onboard as well as the ease with which they can be captained are just some of the advantages. And the Aquila ’44 is a great choice when it comes to cruising the shallow waters of the BVIs, Bahamas or along the coast of Florida.
Very Popular at Boat Shows
I was able to jump onboard this powercat at the Newport Boat Show where a steady stream of people were climbing on and off her. “It’s been very popular at the show,” said Raúl Bermudez, the vice president of the charter division of Marine Max, the marine company that represents the Aquila designs.
Space and Versatility
Despite being just over 44 feet in length, the Aquila ’44 offers a large amount of room and can sleep seven people and hold a maximum of 21 passengers for day trips. Each stateroom has its own bathroom and shower.
Bermudez says that the powercat provides a smooth and stable ride thanks to its wide beam. “This is a true powerboat in design,” he said.
“And it is fuel efficient burning around 3 gallons an hour when traveling at 7 or 8 knots,’ Bermudez said.
The flybridge offers unobstructed views of the horizon and is set up to so that while the captain is driving, guests can relax around the table just behind the captain’s chair and take in the views. The bbq is located on the flybridge as well.
From the flybridge, passengers have access to the bow of the boat as well as access to the aft with separate staircases.
With just over a 21′ beam, there is incredible space forward of the flybridge, perfect for guests to relax on.
The aft is no exception, as there is plenty of space for everyone. There is another dining table on this level and the galley located in the main salon opens up to a bar with a two-stool set-up in the cockpit allowing the cook to socialize with everyone else. The counter tops are Corian®, so they make for an easy clean. The cooktop is electric. It’s small, but if you’re not planning on serving up four-course meals, then it should serve you just fine.
The main salon offers 360-views of the surroundings with large tinted and tempered windows. There is an indoor dining table as well as another captain’s station. Most of the interior is laminate wood paneling and the interior cushions are made out of leather.
The state rooms offer large windows near to the water level, all equipped with their own shower and head. The main stateroom is, of course, slightly larger then the other two and is located at the bow of the boat. It has a large desk space perfect for getting some last-minute work done or getting ready for a night ashore with its pop-up vanity mirror and closet space located next to the desk.
“We did not cut any corners,” said Bermudez, and that includes the engines which are top-of-the-line Volvo motors.
It Lights Up the Night
At night time, the boat lights up: literally. There is blue effect lighting throughout the boat including inside the cup holders! All lighting is LED.
There is an outdoor shower located on the left-hand side of the transom as well . The dinghy is easily loaded and unloaded off the aft.
And the skeg protector allows for a captain to have piece of mind when traveling through shallow water or when docking aft-to.