Designing success --
It starts with the design. Marquis Yachts utilizes the talents of Italian Naval Architectural firm Nuvolari-Lenard. They are most famous for their work with megayacht manufacturers Palmer Johnson and Oceanco. Now those are custom made megayachts, so the question becomes, when did this prestigious design team start working with production line builders? The answer is, they didn’t, at least not in the plural sense. Marquis Yachts is the only production line builder that they design for.
Moving to the nuts and bolts of the 420 Sport Cruiser, we like how the cockpit deck is all on one level. This is a very comfortable arrangement since no one is at a higher level when entertaining. Marquis Yachts 420 SC is built for spending the days on deck and the nights below. The gathering area, as well as the galley, is up on the main deck and the lower deck is reserved for the head and staterooms only. In the galley, the woodwork is second to none, and not only in the fit and finish. Marquis Yachts uses African zebrano hardwood extensively, and one single piece is used where wood is joined, so the grain will all match perfectly. The entire boat is, to a great extent, customizable to each buyer. Things like wood choices, counter tops, placement of cabinets, custom entertainment centers, any special requests short of removing structural bulkheads are met by Marquis Yachts' in-house construction team.
Let’s get specific...
Let’s take a close look at the galley as an example. The hardwood is silver lacquered in-house and has a gloss finish that rivals the stainless appliances seen in other boats. The counter is separated from the main gathering and dining area by an ornamental decorative green Lexan glass. To either side of the galley, you can see the “single piece of wood” technique come into play in the entertainment center and the liquor cabinet. The hatchway leading below is also hardwood, but this time it is laid out in a matchbook pattern. The cockpit table is inlaid wood and mounted on an electrically actuated pedestal that is angled to get closer to the occupants as it rises to dining height, and moves away as it lowers to coffee table height. We love the aft cockpit design. Not only do the aft doors open fully to bring the inside together with the outside, if you’re entertaining a large crowd… hit a switch and the transom lounge extends over the swim platform giving over 60 sq. ft. of cockpit space. Retract it and the swim platform becomes a larger play space on sunny days.
But it’s not all tinsel and glamour...
Even with all of the quality that goes into the Marquis Yachts 420 SC, as with any yacht there are still a few items that could use improvement. First, like aboard many Euro-style boats, you can’t stand at the helm unless the sunroof is open. There must be a way to recess an area of the deck behind the helm without causing too much trouble in the deck below. Otherwise, perhaps raise the overhead? The IPS joystick is mounted on the left of the console. When backing into a slip, typical operators of the 420 SC tend to stand in the center of the deck, to port of the helm, face aft, and use the left hand to operate the joystick with all around visibility. We’d still rather have the joystick mounted outboard on the console and look out the side window at the approaching dock.
The Marquis Yachts 420 SC has a LOA of 43’ 7” (13.3 m), a beam of 13’ 11” (4.2 m), and a draft of 3’ 7” (1.2 m). Her loaded weight is 31,000 lbs. (14,061 kg), she has a fuel capacity of 300 gallons (1,136 L), and she carries 140 gallons (530 L) of water. Marquis Yachts reports a top speed of over 40 mph, and we’ll be doing a full test of the 420 SC soon, to verify that as well as get her best cruise and range figures. If you are looking for a yacht of exceptional quality that rivals luxury superyachts, while still keeping the size manageable enough for a typical owner/operator, then the Marquis Yachts 420 SC might just be the boat for you. We’ve touched on just a few of the many features that make this yacht a standout, but stay tuned for our full test and walk-through. There’s so much more to see. With a base price of just under $637,000, however, the yacht isn’t inexpensive, but if inexpensive is what you’re looking for... there are plenty of other choices for you. That’s one customer request Marquis Yachts isn’t about to compromise on.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
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