|LOA||65 ft., 8 in.|
|Beam||17 ft., 2 in.|
|Draft||4 ft., 6 in.|
|Engines||Twin Volvo Penta IPS3 1200 diesels, 900 hp|
|Base Price||$2.7 million (base); $3 million (as tested)|
|Solid fiberglass hull bottom with cored construction in hull sides (foam below waterline and balsa coring above). Stringer backbone and an aluminum truss cage superstructure system.|
|Twin 900 hp Volvo Penta IPS3 1200 engines w/pod drives, joystick steering and dynamic positioning system, 23 kw genset, Quick Antarres 1500 electric anchor windlass, upper and lower helm stations, 3-burner electric stovetop, refrigerator/freezer, microwave and more.|
|Navigation and communications electronics, custom hull and deck colors, teak decking in cockpit, 28 kw Kohler genset, hardtop with opening canvas sunroof, hydraulic swim platform, flybridge grill, ice-maker and fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 42-in. LED TV, double crew quarters and more.|
|Marquis Yachts, Pulaski, Wis.; (920) 822-3214; marquisyachts.com.|
|West Coast Dealer|
|Silver Seas Yachts, San Diego,
Newport Beach, Sausalito, Calif.; Phoenix;
(877) 349-6582; silverseasyachts.com
Breakwater Marine, Seattle, Everett, Wash.;
Blackfish Marine, Vancouver, B.C.;
Posted: October 1, 2013 | Boat Type: Motoryacht
Multifaceted, Italian-inspired and fastI took in the profile of the Marquis 630 Sport Yacht from Rick Young’s office window at Silver Seas Yachts in San Diego. Swoopy and complex were descriptors that came to mind. In 65 feet, the 630 incorporates every kind of curve, angle and accent imaginable, from the multicolored hull below to the flybridge trim above that resembles the fins of an old-time Cadillac. Like the mesmerizing flames of a campfire, you can stare at this boat a long time trying to figure out which parts are functional and which decorative. No matter, the effect is greater than the sum of the parts: equal amounts retro and contemporary chic. The multifaceted, Italian-inspired design will have a definite appeal to anyone wishing to be noticed.
“Marquis has found success with this sport configuration,” Young said. “Marquis is in the process of changing their yachts to this model at all available lengths, and it is doing well with their customers.”
I stepped aboard onto a very large swim platform. Covered in teak and hydraulically activated to move up and down, the platform makes for easy boarding and is a nice place to relax during the day. From here, I stepped through a transom door into what would normally be the engine room, but on our test boat the space includes the optional double crew quarters with two bunks and a head. The actual engine room is accessed via a door in the shower/head combination. Just ahead is a large open space that holds the standard 23 kw genset and has room for an additional upgraded 28 kw model alongside.
Without the crew cabin installed, engine access would be from all sides and excellent. With the extra cabin, however, Marquis had to add access ports to the inside of the engines under the crew bunks. Access to the front and outside of the engines is better than on most vessels, although it is a bit of a crawl to get back to the pod drives. Another way to get down to the machinery space is via a hatch in the aft cockpit sole, which will be helpful in a following sea or anytime it’s just safer to stay off the swim platform.
According to Young, the aft cockpit is perfect for “entertaining at water level.” An optional table, a refrigerator and a grill help create an aft patio on the same level as the salon. This relaxing area is sheltered from the sun and rain by the flybridge overhang. Owners who like to entertain lots of guests in separate small enclaves of the boat will appreciate this dedicated space.
The star attraction on the Marquis 630 is the flybridge. Covered by a hardtop with a sunroof, the posh lounge is sure to draw onboard traffic. The views are excellent, and the visibility from the helm is good forward and down to the port corner. Docking to starboard will ensure the captain has to move away from the helm to catch glimpses of the situation below. The pod-drive joystick at the helm is set so the captain can look down to the dock on the port side and easily manage the stick with his right hand, which is good, since a majority of us are right-handed. The helm is fully functional, just as it is below, with dual multifunction displays, gear shifts, a joystick and complete gauges.
Just to starboard of the double helm bench is a small U-shaped settee with good proximity to the captain. Aft of that is a U-shaped dinette that will seat eight and has a huge, heavy-duty teak table that folds out for dining or in to provide walk-through access to the aft rail. There is a choice of a secondary straight settee or two chairs to keep the space open and flexible. Behind the helm seat and to port is an optional wet bar with a refrigerator, an ice-maker and a Kenyon grill. The helm seat slides forward to make room for the bartender or grillmeister to work. With a functional layout, multiple amenities and subtle accent lighting, the flybridge is undoubtedly the premium destination aboard for alfresco dining.
While the 630’s exterior is a compilation of design elements, the interior is all about flow unimpeded by bulkheads or other divisions. The single-level salon is one continuous space from the glass-door entry aft to the full windshield just ahead of the interior helm station. Large windows wrap around this entire shared social space providing light, while the two opening windows amidships on port and starboard bring in a nice cross breeze. An L-shaped settee to starboard is separated from the straight port-side settee by a small coffee table. These seats are unusual in that the backrests fold down to create wide lounges for passengers who relax in a more reclined position. A third sitting area is the dinette, which is forward and just alongside the single helm chair, so guests can socialize with the captain.
Two interior color schemes are available, although to date, the walnut option with the oyster pinewood flooring has won out over cherry every time. High-gloss cabinetry and angular settees combine to create a contemporary Euro-chic effect that is distinctive and reflects Marquis’ quest to court a young mindset not afraid of bold Italian styling. A unique touch, and an excellent use of space in the salon, is the electrical panel hidden behind a 42-inch LED TV that swings out to provide access.
The standard layout offers three cabins and three heads, with the galley down three steps from the salon. Marquis offers an option to have the galley up, which adds an over/under cabin below, but so far none of the 630s has been built that way. The standard galley is low enough to be out of the way for owners who have a professional chef aboard, but it also works well for owner-operated vessels where the cook doesn’t want to be too far from the activity in the salon.
The full-beam master stateroom has a king-size bed, a full sofa to port, lots of storage in the walk-in closet and a large head with a tiled shower and a vessel sink. The head and the closet separate the sleeping area from the engine room, which helps deaden machinery noise.
A VIP stateroom in the bow will impress the pickiest of guests and has its own full head and separate shower. The third cabin is a double with access to a day head.
Our test boat comes with some steeply priced options, including the crew quarters, a full suite of electronics, the teak-beach hydraulic swim platform and the hardtop with an opening canvas sunroof. Together, those options retail for approximately $200,000, but they also add some of the unique characteristics of the design and will likely be requested by the majority of new owners.
The aesthetics of the Marquis 630 are only half the story for appealing to its target market. Lots of boats this size offer luxury, space and a contemporary design, but few can reach its speed. Officially, the Marquis 630 has a top-end speed of 31.8 knots, though the factory would be pleased to find out that at one point during our test we reached 32.2 knots on flat water with a 15-knot breeze providing a little push.
We headed onto San Diego Bay with only one engine idling, to keep the harbor patrol happy, but even so, we nosed up to 6.3 knots. Once in open water, I put the throttle down and the boat came on plane smoothly and without much bowrise after we adjusted the Lectrotab trim tabs. I turned into the wind and spray overtook us on the flybridge, but to be fair, by then our apparent wind was in the upper 20s, so no wonder. As I turned, the downwind ride was smooth and dry.
On flat water, I like to drive a boat in circles and create a wake to cross in order to see how the hull handles turbulence. The Marquis sliced through its own messy waves as if it hardly noticed them. The twin 900 hp Volvo Penta IPS3 diesels have more than enough power to move the boat’s 75,000 pounds, which is why there is only one choice of engine size. The pod drives are also standard, and the joystick is truly a joy when it comes to easy maneuvering. Young demonstrated the boat’s dancing ability as we moved sideways with our transom perfectly parallel to a long dock. Other boaters stopped to stare.
The Marquis 630 is a Class A-rated vessel, which means it is an offshore-capable boat (distances greater than 200 miles seaward of the coast), and while it is ideal for entertaining large parties dockside, Young expects his clients to really travel with this boat. According to Marquis, at a 27-knot cruising speed and using 100 percent of fuel capacity, the model has a range of approximately 370 nautical miles. Drop down to 12 knots, and you can reach from Ensenada to Cabo with an easy refueling stop at Turtle Bay.
“I think these boats will be doing trips up to the Delta in Northern California and down to Mexico,” Young said. “They have the range but also the speed to get everywhere fast for those whose schedules necessitate a shorter transit time.”
The Marquis 630 is a fast and nimble 38-ton yacht that packs a punch. Even better, it’s a boat you can enjoy quickly — as in soon — because the Wisconsin builder is approximately six months out in its production schedule, and that beats the availability of many foreign-built boats. The model was introduced in February 2012 in Miami and we tested hull number seven, so this swoopy, complex design is getting noticed and selling well.