Our hat is off to the Italian design team who was able to draw a flying bridge that managed somehow to keep the flowing sensuous lines of the hardtop express model. Brancusi couldn't have done it any better himself. They have also been able to keep the 6'5" (2.0 m) salon headroom in the process.
Designed by Nuvolari-Lenard Naval Architects of Venice, Italy, the Marquis 42 SB is as modern as tomorrow both inside and out.
What the talented designers couldn't do, of course, is defy the laws of nature, and the flying bridge version weighs 1,000 lbs. (454 kgs.) more than the express model, raising the 42's displacement from 31,000 lbs. (14,061 kgs.) to 32,000 lbs. (14,514 kgs.). In fact, keeping the additional weight down to only 1,000 lbs. is a minor miracle.
The Marquis 420 SB has one of the largest flying bridges in class. Note that there is both a helm and companion seat facing forward.
The Difference Between Models
Other than the added weight, the flying bridge, the molded-in staircase to it, and one or two other changes, the new 42 SB holds tightly to the innovations that rocked the U.S. market when the boat was first introduced a few years ago. In case you have forgotten, those clever delights included a bench seat on the aft deck that, with the flip of a switch, motors aft 9" (22.8 cm) to create an even larger aft deck space. It doesn't sound like much, but those nine inches make a world of difference if you are having a formal dinner on the "veranda" at anchor and you need to seat three of four more people.
Note the unobtrusive staircase to the bridge. Two wide aft doors bring the outside into the salon.
With the bench seat forward, there is about 54 sq. ft. (5.0 sq.m.) on the aft deck, and with the seat all the way back, there is another 6 sq.ft. (.6 sq. m.) added. It is precisely because of innovations like this that yachtsmen can have the utility of a larger boat without the added expense of another footor so of boat.
In the first version of the 42, the Nuvolari-Lenard design team wanted to be able to bring the outside into the salon, and they did that by making the entire aft bulkhead of the cabin glass with two large, swing-out doors. In the SB version, some of the glass has been sacrificed to install the staircase to the bridge, but like nearly everything these naval architects do, it was done with a minimum of fuss, and one hardly notices the loss. In fact, we think that they managed to turn it to a big plus.
The power pedestal is at an angle so that the table will be close to the far seat in the dinner position, yet when retracted to become a cocktail table (with the leaves folded on top) there will be room for one's legs and feet. We hope the designer won an award for this one!
Just as the Marquis is beautifully sculptured on the outside, so, too, is she carefully crafted on the inside. The first thing that one notices is the dark Brazilian Cherry cabin sole. While it is not what we would normally expect in a yacht, it looks fabulous. Taking something that is out of the ordinary, placing it in a new setting when done with taste and style makes the difference between the ordinary and the spectacular. That is the sign of good design and decor.
In the flying bridge version the entertainment console has become vertical (far left) allowing a wide love seat to be fitted. We like this better than before.
To starboard is the customary U-shaped settee, but like nearly everything else in this yacht, the ordinary has been transformed -- quite simply -- into something special. In this case, the two-tone sculptured settee looks like a banquette at a tony Upper Eastside Manhattan restaurant. And the table is literally a movable feast as it powers up or down depending on the function desired -- dinner table, cocktail table, or platform for a double bed.
This double-wide helm seat has a bolster, and is power-adjustable up and down, fore and aft. Note the 5'11" (1.82 m) headroom.
The Helm Has Power
The last power amenity on the boat is the double helm seat is a 6-position power assist: up, down, forward, back, tilt forward and tilt back. 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 who do. Marquis is a member of a very select fraternity. The seat even has a bolster. By the way, whether you are at the lower helm station or on the flying bridge, with this boat you will be steering sitting down.
Opposite the settee, one of the other changes in the 42 SB model alluded to above is the placement of the entertainment center in the port quarter of the salon. The space forward of and below the staircase to the flying bridge is now a typical vertical entertainment center with flat screen TV. That freed up enough space for the addition of a love seat on the port side of the salon. We like this arrangement far more than the SC configuration -- we can see two more people in the salon!
You just can't get good help anymore! Note the difference in color on the teak deck. The crew obviously oiled the deck with the seat forward. Extra room counts when entertaining.
Standards R Us
The list of standard equipment on the 42 SB is truly outstanding in our opinion. Marquis has not stinted on this category and that speaks well for the company's commitment to the buyer. Just look at this list and judge for yourself--
*A/C -- 22,000 BTUs for the two staterooms below and 16,000 for the salon
*10 kW Kohler generator with sound shield
*Bilges coated with white low-VOC gelcoat
*Automatic engine room fire suppression system
*Shore power isolation transformer
*Aluminum radar arch covered with acrylic AWLGRIP 2000 paint
*Marble sole in the head
*Two sets of spare IPS twin props
*SeaKey Satellite security system with concierge service
*Complete electronic nav package with 4 kW radar, GPS, chartplotter, depthfinder, VHF, water temp, etc
*Avanti icemaker with 3-lbs. (14 kgs.) capacity in 24 hours
*Two Ocean LED super blue underwater lights in stern bottom
*Quick Aster 1000 anchor windlass
*Teak decking on swim platform, aft deck, side decks and foredeck
*Set of 8 Marquis crystal + Marquis China for 6 and flatware
The forward master stateroom looking aft. The thoughtful and timely Champagne has moved us to forgive the crew.
Power Options and Performance
The Marquis 42 hull was designed from the keel up for the Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system with joystick. Standard power is twin IPS550 8.1L gas engines rated at 400-hp each. From that you can upgrade to IPS500s which are Volvo Penta D6 diesels rated at 370-hp. The largest package available is the IPS600 system, also using the D6 and rated at 435-hp. The Volvo Penta D6 is one of the few marine engines on the market that was designed specifically for a marine application.
This Marquis 42 SB is cooking! We're told when full and wet the 420 SB will go 32.5 knots at WOT with IPS600s and 28 knots at cruise.
As noted above, we have tested the Marquis 42 SC before and the engines on test day were twin IPS600s. Because the boat is now 1,000 lbs. (454 kgs.) heavier with the addition of flying bridge and related structures, we have no idea what the performance will be with the same engines. Obviously, it will be somewhat slower because of the added weight and windage.
In the guest cabin as you can see there is good headroom at the foot of the bed, which then tapers down a bit.
The WOT speed in our test of the 42 SC was 40.5 mph. The best cruise was at 3000 rpm when we recorded 30.5 mph, burning 27.1 gph and getting 1.13 mpg. It will be interesting to see how the boat performs with the flying bridge. As regular readers know, we like to cruise at about 20 knots so there is no doubt that the 42 SB will be well north of that. Our guess is that it will only lose a couple of knots.
The designers have wisely placed the helm toward the middle of the boat so that the wide corner windshield mullion won't be in the skipper's face. The navigator sits outboard and has good sight lines to the screens.
Skippers who like to stand at the helm will be disappointed because this boat was designed to be driven sitting down. Even though the lower helm has 5'11" (1.82 m) headroom, one has to stoop over to see out. The berths in the guest cabin are 25" wide (63.5 cm) which are wide enough for the average 185-lb. (83.9 kg.) person, but the portly among us might not be so comfortable.
The flying bridge is beautiful and is quite large for this size boat, but the railings are only 24-3/4" (62.6 cm) off the deck, which is not unusual for this style of boat. Most 42-footers have only one head, but some are configured in such a way that the master has a private entrance. Unfortunately in the 42 SB it is just not possible because of the bow flare to configure it another way without making it a wet head. We like the separate shower stall, so we'll happily accept the trade-off.
The galley is largish for this size boat. Of course the stove top needs sea rails and the counter needs fiddles, but what's new?
We have actually mentioned a lot of the "pros" already, but here are a few more: This boat, like all Marquis yachts, carries a CE "A" rating which means that she has met the European standards of construction and design to be able to handle high seas and gale force winds offshore. This is unusual, as most builders meet the CE "B" rating.
There is a large space under the galley that has gone unmentioned. This is useful for storing water toys and bulky gear, and maybe even a washer/dryer combo. We like the fact the boat comes standard with a DuPont Imron hull paint. We're tired of white fiberglass even though we know it is the most practical color. The swim platform is a huge 34 sq. ft. (3.21 sq. m.) which makes it ideal for mounting a tender and receiving guests in their tenders.
While we have not spoken to a canvas-maker about it, our guess is that if one really wanted to enclose the aft deck in isinglass, it could be done. This would add to the utility of the boat both when it rains and in the shoulder seasons.
View from the flying bridge. Perhaps the skipper of this boat is left handed. We'd move the joystick to where the trim tab toggles are for righties.
We are told the MSRP base price for this boat powered by the IPS550 gas engines is about $695,000. We think this is a lot of boat for that kind of money, particularly given the remarkably wide selection of equipment that comes standard. And, for that price you have joystick control! The twin 435-hp IPS600 diesels, plus a few options, will bring the boat up to something in the neighborhood of $850,000-875,000 well equipped with IPS600s.
So the age-old dilemma of whether or not to go with gas or diesel is at play here. There is no doubt that virtually everyone would prefer to have the big diesel engines, but one's purse will probably be the deciding factor in that decision. The good news is that consumers have a choice because some models only come with diesels.
Either gas or diesel powered, we think that anyone who owns the Marquis 42 SB will get a lot of use out of the boat and at the same time be justified in having quite a bit of pride of ownership. And she certainly won't go out of style anytime soon.
There is a lot to like about the Marquis 42 SB.