The Enclosed Bridge/Sky Lounge...
Probably the most notable feature of the 720 Tri-Deck is the sky lounge. This concept of combining the main helm of the boat along with a lounge area on the flying bridge, then enclosing it all was first started by Lazzara Yachts years ago, then followed by Hargrave, and then pretty much everyone else. We like the concept because it creates a lot of additional interior space without a commensurate amount of cost. We also like steering from the flying bridge because of the incredible visibility. The sky lounge with bar is the place where guests like to congregate for the great views. It also gives the boat a fourth venue – a fourth place to hang out, something that is welcome on long cruises when some of the guests want to spin yarns, others want to read, and still others want to participate in the piloting of the vessel.
Further, it is nearly impossible to get the coveted raised pilot house in this size because that design wastes so much space. So, the enclosed third deck is a way to get the same benefits of a raised pilothouse, without any wasted space. The drawback is that you don’t have the wind blowing in your hair as you drive along, and if that is what you want, you simple get the Marquis Yachts 720 Flybridge version.
The Starboard Helm
With the helm over to starboard, you have a good view of that whole side of the yacht for easier docking to starboard. The helm is functional and gives you a command feel just by sitting behind the wheel. There’s a lot of glass surrounding you, to be sure, and as expected the sun has its usual effects reminiscent of a greenhouse. But Marquis has juiced up the BTUs in the AC system quite a bit to take of the added load, and when underway, enough windows open to ventilate the space with fresh air.
Waterfront dining with a view...
Not having a lower helm has lots of advantages, and a better use of space is one of them. Here, the forward end of the main deck is taken up with a circular settee and table surrounded by windows. What a great place to relax and watch the world go by while dining or just sky-larking.
A Large, Open Saloon...
By removing the helm from the main deck, more room is also left in the saloon, and the Marquis Yachts 720 has one of the larges saloons in its class. Too often a builder will try to fill as many amenities as possible into this space and forget that there’s a human element using it. Here, the saloon is open and inviting and well suited for relaxing or entertaining. We like the fact that Marquis Yachts is using “stand alone” furniture rather than built ins. We think that purpose-built furniture, such as what you have in your living room at home, is much more comfortable and functional. Note the glass treads on the stairs leading up to the bridge. We’d like to see them lit internally and at the top is a glass hatch. You’ll only hit your head on it once before learning that lesson. Better yet, just take them out all together and uses the space for something else since you have another set of stairs just outside the doors to the aft deck.
The galley is fully accommodated with full sized appliances. For example, the stand up refer/freezer is huge with French doors and large freezer below. We like this far more than the refer drawers under the counter. Note the clever space allotted for the trash compactor, facing the entrance. No need to go completely into the galley just to toss some trash away. The refrigerator is large enough to sustain a family till the next stopover, and the stove is vented right out the side of the boat. No fiddles anywhere though, so cooking while underway may have to wait.
And For Entertaining...
Across from the galley and dining area, but forward of the salon, is a well laid out wet bar. It comes with a wine cooler, sink, storage racks for dishes and glassware, and additional storage for just about anything else you’d need.
Suffice it to say that with all of these amenities, the Marquis Yachts 720 Tri-deck is a first class entertainment platform. Her sleeping accommodations are just as comfortable as her living areas. We like the walk in closet in the master stateroom, the his and her sinks in the head, double door entrance and the love seat.
The VIP stateroom forward is pretty standard, except for the wide steps on both sides of the bed which make get in the bunk much easier than many. The fourth cabin is snug, but there are hanging lockers under the upper berth and this L-shaped layout is about the best why to handle these confined spaces. Kids will love it.
There is a lot more to the Marquis yachts 720 Tri-Deck than just the layout plans. We have not touched on the machinery, equipment, hull design or performance characteristics. Yet, the builder has done a very good job, in our opinion, of executing a plan that is workable and practical for the cruising yachtsman, particularly one in the northern hemisphere where conditions are not sunny and hot the whole season.
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
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