Mission of the Marquis 420 Sport Bridge
While European style has influenced express cruisers built in the U.S. for years, Marquis has set itself apart by going virtually 100% Italian in design and styling both inside and out. This approach has proved to be quite popular world-wide as half of its production goes outside the U.S.The second mission of the new Marquis 420 SB is to be as well-built on the inside as she is stunning-looking on the outside. This is the big message we discovered when examining the boat recently. This is not your uncle Pete's Marquis. The company now states that its mission is a "…dependable yacht that represents ultra-premium construction, craftsmanship and components."
Styling, Styling, Styling.
At the risk of becoming repetitive, exterior styling and an interior treatment right out of Milano are this boat’s distinguishing features.●
The Marquis 420 SB – built in the American Midwest – looks like something that has come right out of the Genoa Boat Show.●
Painted Hull Sides.
While stone gray metallic polyurethane paint on the hull sides is standard, Marquis will "paint the hull any color the customer wants." Then the paint is buffed to a high shine. ●
Specify "ANY" Interior Wood
This is a biggie and quite unusual, even for builders of production megayachts. Marquis states that it will highly customize the interior of the 420 to fit a customer's tastes. Want walnut, teak, or wenge wood inside on bulkheads and cabinetry? Just ask.●
CE Class "A" Ocean Standards
Marquis tells us that "The 420 SB are -- as all Marquis yachts -- built to CE Class "A" Ocean standards." This is a very rare characteristic, indeed, for a 42' (12.8 m) powerboat.●
IPS Gas Propulsion.
The standard boat is powered by twin 400-hp Volvo Penta gas engines hooked up to IPS pods. This combination is unusual as most IPS-powered boats have diesel power, and has the advantages of lower-priced gas engines and more fuel-efficient pod drives. Two IPS diesel options are available: twin 370-hp to 435-hp systems using the company D6 engine. All engines have freshwater cooling.●
Because the boat has IPS propulsion no matter which engine options are selected, joystick control for easier close-quarter maneuvering is standard. Steering is drive-by-wire.●
Expandable Aft Deck.
The transom bench seat moves aft 9” with the push of a button creating 6 sq. ft. more of aft deck space, expanding it from 54 sq. ft. to 60 sq. ft. It is one of the only boats we know of with this feature.●
The 420 SB comes standard with a Kohler 10 kW LOW CO gas generator. The unit has a sound shield and a 5-year warranty.
Brazilian Cherry Decking.
This dark cherry wood is one of the most dazzling aspects of the boat in our opinion. ●
The 420 SB has three condensers in two zones to cool or heat the boat. The BTU capacities are 10,000, 12,000, and 16,000.●
Two Fuel Tanks.
There are two 150-gallon (568 L) fuel tanks aboard so that a problem with one system will not shut down the boat’s operation. ●
Lectrotab Trim Tabs.
These stainless steel flat planes have gained a good reputation in the market place for strength and durability.●
Integral Aluminum Overhead Truss
reinforcement in cabin top structure which reduces weight and provides strength.●
Acoustical and thermal, integrated into the laminate. This is one of the latest industry techniques for reducing boat noise.●
Flying Bridge Arch.
The standard light-weight arch is welded premium-grade aluminum painted with AWLCRAFT, a polyurethane coating.●
4-Way Power Seat.
The lower helm seat is a 4-way power seat much the same that is fitted into the driver's side of most automobiles. While common in cars this amenity is unusual in boats.
Remember the days when virtually all boat interiors had upholstery in red, white and blue? Remember the anchor and wooden ship’s wheel motifs on the cushions and fabrics? Then there were the bed spreads with sea shells, sea horses and light houses. These were particularly popular on middle market cruisers. On the Marquis 420 those days are long past.
Upon entering the salon the first thing one notices is the wide-planed dark-stained Brazilian cherry decking. The premium fabrics and colors, seating upholstery, black lacquer accents, cherry cabinetry and bulkheads, and chrome highlights all combine to create an aura of luxurious modernity. To starboard the three-part table folds up and may be lowered to serve as a cocktail table, it can be raised and opened to be a dining table, and lowered to be a platform for a filler cushion, making a third bed. To port is a smart-looking loveseat for two, allowing a total of six people to sit in the salon and rehash their day on the water.
Perhaps the first thing that is noticed about the helm of the Marquis 420 is that it has a raised foot platform made of thick Lexan with a slight green tint. That adds a cool, modern look to the boat. The single bench seat is a double, wide enough for a captain and navigator. The helm position is inboard and the companion position is outboard, which is a switch to what we often see. This design has its pros and cons, but overall we like it.
One of the unavoidable aspects to lower helms in these types of boats is that in nearly all cases the hardtop support forward to starboard provides a visual obstruction for the captain. The closer the skipper’s eyes are to the mullion, the greater is the forward blind spot. Marquis --by moving the helm position inboard -- has both distanced the captain’s eyes from the support thus reducing the degrees of the obstructed field.
The downside to the 420’s helm seat design is that the companion is trapped inside of the captain, meaning that the helm must be briefly vacated to make the exit of the navigator possible. This is a small inconvenience to pay for the advantages of improved helm visibility, in our opinion.
The helm seat has 4-way power adjustment. If automobile makers can put power seats in virtually every car on the planet, then why can't builders of premium yachts do the same? The fact is, we can count on one hand the number of builders which do. Marquis is a member of a very select fraternity. The seat even has a bolster.
Finally, in true Italian tradition, the captain cannot stand at this helm unless the sunroof is open or he/she is under 5'11" (1.82 m). Even then, because the windshield is low and raked, steering must be done while seated. This little detail seems not to bother European boaters as most boats built in this size range have such a design. The two windshields have wipers and defoggers, port and starboard.
The galley deck is lowered slightly in order to give the chef good visibility outside the boat. Essentially the 420 will be used as a day boat, so the galley need not be particularly big, and in this size boat, it really cannot be. Nevertheless it has a ss sink, two burners with a Ceran top and an exhaust fan. There is a microwave oven and a 5.6 sq. ft. (159 L) refrigerator/freezer under the counter. Counter space is limited, but is helped somewhat by the glass stovetop and the dash under the windshield which is a good place to put trays of food when working. By the companionway there is a large two-tiered liquor cabinet with indirect lighting which will make colored bottles look festive.
Under the galley deck is a large, deep storage compartment that essentially becomes the lazarette of this boat. Remember, she is powered by an IPS system that has the engine and drive systems in the stern, right where the laz would be in a conventional design. This is a somewhat inconvenient place for things such as cans of oil, tools, a spare anchor and many other things normally kept in a lazerette. On the other hand, it is more inviting for things like beverages, wine bottles, canned and boxed food and spare bedding.
The swim platform is 34 q. ft. ( 3.2 sq. m.) and is integral to the hull, not a bolted on addition. This gives it great weight-carrying capacity and it should be wide enough to carry a small tender. The trick will be launching and retrieving it which can probably be done with a small hydraulic davit. Also a Weaver device can be added to the aft lip of the swim platform.Otherwise the “teak beach” makes a fine place for sunning, swimming and greeting friends who come to visit by dinghy. There are port and starboard cleats on the platform which will be ideal for tying up painters for dinghies, making this area a mini-marina.
We have already discussed how the seat slides back to add 9” (22.7 cm) fore-and-aft clearance on the deck. The 9” is crucial to making it possible to add a table and two folding chairs for al fresco dining. The engine compartment is below and accessed through a hatch in the sole. There is also a storage compartment for lines and fenders under the seats. We like the fact that Marquis has chosen to have only one access point to the aft deck, instead of two for symmetry’s sake. In this way a precious seat is saved.
Teak Step Option.
The steps to the flying bridge are fiberglass with normal-height risers but they are somewhat narrow. Teak treads on these steps and on those going to the side decks are optional and we urge all boaters to make sure any fiberglass steps are covered with this naturally non-skid material. This is important advice for any boat as fiberglass steps are extremely slippery when wet.
Since boaters tend to use their aft decks for all sorts of purposes, Marquis does not make an aft deck table standard. If one is desired we would suggest having one custom built to meet an owner’s specific requirements. The flying bridge does overhang the aft deck enough to permit it to be buttoned up with isinglass. For people in northern latitudes we would recommend that aftermarket addition. It creates three-season living space for a minimum of dollars spent.
The Marquis 420’s two cabins and single head is a fairly standard layout for this size boat. What is not so usual, however, is the execution. And that starts with the easy three steps down from the galley deck that are set slightly to port.
The master cabin
forward has the standard arrangement. There are two long skylights in the deck which are unusual and will bring in lots of light. In addition, there are two opening round, retro-style portlights port and starboard. There is a translucent forward opening deck hatch.
The single head
has a separate shower stall with a fiberglass seat which is a fine feature. Teak is an option. The shower door is glass with an aluminum frame. There is a skylight and opening portlights both in the shower stall and over the wash basin. There is a standard exhaust fan and the toilet is a VacuFlush.
The Guest Stateroom
on this boat is noteworthy and is one of the features that sets this vessel apart from others in class. Guest staterooms are usually an afterthought in most boats, but not here. Like virtually all boats in class it is fitted to port under the helm and dinette. There is standing headroom at the entrance but then headroom descends as the cabin stretches aft, just as it does in most boats in class.
Let There Be Width.
The important feature of this cabin is that its single beds are a bit wider than on many boats in class, particularly several European boats we can think of. Also, the aisle in between is a bit wider than on most boats in this size range. And there is a small night table between the beds.
A Little Secret.
The reason for this cabin’s bunk width is that the boat’s companionway is not dead-center in the middle of the boat, but rather is off-set a few inches to port. These few inches are critical because not only do they allow these beds to be wider, but they also allow the helm to be moved a few extra inches inboard.
Attention to Décor Detail.
This is probably one of the brightest guest cabins in class as it has a large, round portlight in a curved window as well as a skylight. Finishing off the cabin is an attractive diamond-patterned wainscoting in brown with a decorative “chair rail” accent. The result of all of these little design details is a guest cabin as luxurious as they come in class. And none of this is hurt by the innerspring mattresses just like the ones at home.
The Flying Bridge
The flying bridge of the 420 SB is clearly made for entertaining and sight-seeing. An L-shaped settee will seat five adults around a triangular table. To port is a wet bar that can be optioned out in any number of ways. A clever back rest on the settee can be re-positioned so that the area can be made into a large sun pad.
Like virtually all European upper helm stations on boats in class there is not much top hamper. The boat meets ABYC standards of having a physical restraint of 24” (60.5 cm) above a weather deck by means of a railing. As far as the fiberglass superstructure itself goes, it is low and has an acrylic smoked wind deflector forward, again something that is typical of Euro-designs in class.
Like the lower helm, the captain must sit at the upper helm in order to steer. There will be no standing here. It is important to realize that this boat is not a convertible or even a conventional sedan, but rather, as the name states – a “Sport Bridge.” Indeed, some builders call these designs “Sun Bridges” because they are primarily meant to be a semi-private sun pad with the convenience of a helm added.
A lot of work has gone into making the new Marquis 420 Sport Bridge as good looking and functional on the inside as she is stunning on the outside. In fact, few builders in the U.S. are going to the level of detail that we see in his boat. Generally 42' production boats do not permit the wide degree of customization that is possible on the Marquis 420, and in fact, the company says that "No two Marquis we build are the same." This is a strong reason for consumers looking to have a boat built their way to consider the Marquis 420.
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