One of Spain’s leading yacht manufacturers, Astondoa Yachts grew from a traditional boatmaking firm over 100 years ago to a company that today specialises in the building of luxury super yachts. Combining a rich heritage and a passion for craftsmanship with the ambition to utilise the latest technology, Astondoa produce some of the most impressive vessels in Spain. Their yachts range from ultra-modern compact coupe yachts with a sporty flair to multi-tiered, steel-encased megayachts measuring up to 60 meters in length that can be seen gracing top marinas across the Mediterranean and beyond.
The Astondoa Yachts story begins back in 1916 in the small Basque port town of Portugalete, Spain, where the brothers Jesus and Jose Astondoa Martinez started to build traditional trainera rowboats for the wily fishermen of the rough Cantabrian Sea. After a brief hiatus during the Spanish Civil War the brothers decided to go their own ways, with Jesus focusing on developing his fishing and leisure craft. In 1944 his son, Jesus Astondoa Santamaria joined the team, and it was not long before he assumed control of the company, bringing national renown for the company’s well-crafted wooden boats.
It was not until the 1980s, when the third generation of the family assumed control, that Astondoa decided to produce the modern fibreglass luxury yachts for which they are now internationally acclaimed. In the present day the company employs over 500 employees at four different sites across Spain, with their headquarters now located on Spain’s southern coast in the marina town of Santa Pola.
Astondoa’s modern shipyard occupies some 323,000 square feet and focuses on large luxury yachts longer than 122 feet in length. The company also owns a marina at Santa Pola adjacent to their shipyard, a unique selling point for owners who wish to have their vessels well looked after by the stellar design, manufacturing and maintenance team based there. With some of the most modern equipment in the country, including a 5-axis milling machine, the latest in CAD technology and vacuum infusion, Astondoa are currently one of the Spain’s premier yacht producers, and have proudly launched over 3000 vessels in the more than 100 years since their founding.
Astondoa’s corporate philosophy promotes the highest possible standards of professionalism and attention to detail, standards that are reflected in the superb build and finish of their yachts. Eschewing mass production for the personal touch of bespoke customization to order, buyers can be sure that Astondoa will deliver a vessel of the highest possible standard. In recent years Astondoa have integrated next generation technologies into their designs, including helipads and internal drive propulsion systems on their largest vessels, while not neglecting refined touches such as their own hand-crafted teak furnishings and fixtures.
Though the company produces an exhaustive range of vessels for a wide variety of consumer, Astondoa’s entry to the world of super yachts came in 2007 with the launch of 151’ Steel, a 149-foot-long yacht with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This incredible vessel led the way for a more recent move towards the manufacture of even larger yachts, led by the fourth generation of Astondoa family members who know lead the company. These achievements have not, however, gone unnoticed. The firm have bagged numerous awards down the years, including for their stylish internal design features, but perhaps their crowning achievement was to be awarded “Best Shipyard of the Year” at the 2016 World Yacht Trophy Awards held in Cannes, France.
Astondoa 66 Flybridge
This ever-popular sporty cruising yacht was built to accommodate the maximum amount of indoor and outdoor leisure space for those who love to entertain, the Astondoa 66 Flybridge is perfect for day trips island hopping around the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. With hand-crafted furnishings and fixtures and custom interiors and layouts, this yacht can be adapted to any lifestyle. As its name suggests, this yacht’s distinguishing feature is its flybridge deck: outfitted with a barbecue grill, wet bar and dining area and protected from the elements by a Bimini top with a retractable interior portion, the 66 Flybridge is ideal for hosting in any weather. The fun doesn’t end there: the Flybridge also has a comfortably wide hydraulic submersible swim platform. For relaxation, robust stairs direct you from the flybridge to the warm but light teak aft deck complete with spacious lounge area, perfect for watching the sunset.
With its airy four bedrooms and crew cabin, hosts can accommodate up to 9 people, including crew members – perfect for whisking new friends on a getaway. The master and VIP staterooms each have en-suite bathrooms, while the other two single-bed rooms share a bathroom. The crew cabin contains an en suite. The 66 Flybridge comes standard with twin Volva Penta IPS 1350 hp engines that operate at a max speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots – in other words, smooth, quick sailing.
Astondoa 110 Century
This very special super yacht was released in 2016 to commemorate a successful 100 years since the founding of Astondoa, and the vessel is the perfect celebration of Astondoa’s values and tradition. Arranged over three expansive levels of sheer luxury, the yacht measures almost 110 feet in length with four separate outdoor leisure spaces on the sky lounge, aft deck, front bow and rear swimming platform. Inside guests can experience sumptuously designed, custom made Cristiano Gatto furnishings, relax in the spacious main deck salon and full kitchen, and install customised features such as indoor cinemas or gyms. The lower deck boasts four plush staterooms for up to 12 guests, as well as accommodation for up to 8 crew. Twin MTU M86 engines power this yacht to top speeds of 24 knots and a cruising speed of 20 knots, while a maximum possible range of 3600 nautical miles mean that his sought-after super yacht will be making waves at top class destinations worldwide.
Astondoa 197 Steel
New for 2021, the 197 Steel is the most ambitious model to be built by the Astondoa brand. This 197-foot long megayacht with an internal drive propulsion system and a 4,000-mile range has a sleek, modern superstructure built from steel and designed by world leading nautical architect Fulvio De Simoni. The transoceanic vessel is the first Astondoa yacht to feature space for a helipad, and also boasts two garages for the storage of jet skis and other water toys. With the elegance and luxurious design typical of Astondoa yachts, the 197 Steel features wrap around panoramic windows and four rear aft sun decks, including a dramatic raised fly deck and rear swimming deck. A range of living spaces means this is also the ideal yacht for large celebrations and events, while lower deck quarters include palatial staterooms and lavish cabins capable to accommodating 14 guests and 8 crew. Sure to be among the most prized megayachts in the world, the 197 Steel is testament to Astondoa vaulting ambition to bring the some of the largest, most refined and powerful yachts to the market.
Astondoa 655 Coupe
For Astondoa’s 100-year celebration in 2016 the company decided to launch a series of compact sporting yachts, a nod back in time to the days when Astondoa’s boats were of the more modest variety. Yet there is nothing modest about the finishes and power of the 655 Coupe, a modern and bold yacht capable of a soaring over the water at a speedy 33 knots. Constructed from a combination of steel, aluminium and fibreglass, the yacht’s aerodynamic form includes a sundeck to the bow, room for a cocktail table and upholstered benches to the aft, and a covered main deck with L-shaped sofas. The lower deck manages to fit in three luxurious en-suite staterooms making this yacht ideal not just for day trips across the water but overnight stays as well.