Motorboat & Yachting: Aston Martin announced today that it will be launching its first powerboat in September in partnership with Quintessence Yachts.
Plans for a 37ft powerboat were revealed to the media at Aston Martin’s Warwickshire headquarters today (April 29). The luxury car manufacturer has designed the AM37 in conjunction with Mulder Design after being approached by Quintessence Yachts, whose founder is a classic Aston Martin owner.
And although the first working prototype is yet to be built, the AM37 will have its on-water debut during the Monaco Yacht Show in September, Quintessence Yachts confirmed.
Mariella Mengozzi, CEO at Quintessence Yachts, said: “The Aston Martin Design department has been working seamlessly with the Quintessence R&D unit and naval architect Mulder Design in Amsterdam to achieve a true example of design purity.”
Earth meets water
Petrolheads may be disappointed to learn that Aston Martin’s naturally-aspirated engines will not be used in the AM37 to start with, although the company has not ruled out marinising a V8 in future.
In the meantime, all of the engine options on the AM37 will be twin Mercury set-ups, ranging in power from 370hp to 662hp – the latter will be capable of a top speed in excess of 60 knots.
Naval architect Bas Mulder provides the yachting expertise behind the vacuum-infused composite hull. When combined with a carbon fibre superstructure, this should deliver the handling, performance and comfort of a luxury sports car.
Aston Martin flourishes include the iconic winged emblem on the transom and a rear diffuser. The main deck layout will feature twin helm seats ahead of a u-shaped cockpit seating area. Other premium features include a voice-activated navigation and entertainment system.
Below decks, the AM37 will get a compact heads, galley and a convertible u-shaped saloon that can turn into a double berth, a spokesperson for Mulder Design told MBY.
Quintessence Yachts will be building the AM37 in Southampton, under the supervision of production director Ben Collett, whose previous credits include Discovery Yachts.
Aston Martin is arguably best known for providing cars for some of the most popular James Bond movies, and although the AM37 will not be ready in time to feature in Spectre, Aston Martin refused to rule out a future marine appearance in a 007 adventure.
The company also confirmed that plans for a Coste Design catamaran are still in progress and stressed this is a completely separate project.
Motorboat & Yachting: After selling its first model to China, Cornish motorboat manufacturer Cockwells has announced plans to expand its operations, following a highly successful summer, and is planning to take more staff.
The custom boatbuilder is aiming big, following a successful showing at last month’s Monaco Yacht Show (24-27 September), which saw its first sale to the Chinese market.
The 9.5m Limousine model will be used as a tender for an 88-metre superyacht, the yard told local newspaper Falmouth Packet.
Managing director Dave Cockwell told the news provider: “I am very much looking forward to expanding our skilled team of craftsmen here at Cockwells with more self-motivated and keen individuals in order to meet the growing demand.”
He added that moving into international market has always been a key part of their long-term growth strategy. Earlier this year Cockwells expanded its range with the 33 Impulsive and the 27 Launch (pictured above), about which boat test editor Jack Haines wrote: “Sometimes you have to step back and admire a boat for its sheer beauty.”