2014 Aquila 48: Video Boat Review

The Aquila 48 is a comfortable power catamaran designed with privacy in mind.

3rd April 2014.
By Lenny Rudow

The Aquila 48 is a power catamaran designed for privacy. MarineMax, which includes MarineMax Vacations, played a hand in developing the Aquila line, and they have a lot of experience in the charter vacation segment of the industry. That experience taught them that privacy aboard a boat of this size is both in demand, and exceptionally rare. So they made an honest effort to create it—and they succeeded. Watch our video boat review to see how.

Boat Test Notes:
Overview: A cruising power catamaran designed for comfort and privacy for multiple couples.

Concept: Design and build a boat from scratch, utilizing the extra room provided by a powercat platform, which can cruise efficiently and provide a vacation-like experience to those aboard.

Aquila 48 powercat onboard

Construction:
-Vacuum-infused, including bulkheads.
-Balsa coring is scored, to allow resin infusion process to enhance strength and create water barriers in coring.
-Only vinylester resin is used.
-Aft pods allow easy replacement of hull areas likely to get damaged during docking.

Specifications
Length 48’3”
Beam 23’6”
Max Draft 3’0”
Weight 47,620 lbs
Fuel capacity 356 gal. (461 optional)
Water capacity 206 gal.

Performance:
-Slow but steady cruising ability, with long-distance capabilities.
-Excellent sea-keeping and stability.
-Excellent dockside handling attributes.

Unique features:
-Cabins are separated, and do not share common bulkheads, greatly enhancing privacy.
-Swim platform steps are designed for comfortable sitting and lounging.
-Front porch provides a great indoor/outdoor environment.
-Steps from bridge to foredeck make for easy line-handling.
-Immense beam (nearly half LOA) creates a huge amount of area.

For more information, read our review. Aquila 48: MarineMax Brings Charter Knowledge to Boat Design. Or if you’d be interested in a smaller, less expensive version of this boat, see the Aquila 44 Video Boat Review.

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Lenny Rudow

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Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including boats.com and YachtWorld. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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