Marquis Yachts can date its heritage back to 1954 when its parent company, Carver, was founded on the shores of Lake Michigan in Pulaski, Wisconsin. Carver became one of the world’s biggest builders of luxury vessels in the 1980s, and in 2003 established Marquis Yachts to specialize in the manufacture of sports yachts. Among the first American brands to craft their yachts in a modern European style, Marquis have constructed vessels that range from 42 to 72 feet in length. In recent years, the company has benefited from high-profile collaborations with Venetian naval design firm Nuvolari-Lenard and automotive giants Lexus and Toyota to bring their newest models to the market.
In 1954 a pair of experienced boat builders, Charles Carter and George Verhagen, decided to strike out on their own to establish Carver Yachts. This Pulaski, Wisconsin firm soon became a solid favourite in Great Lakes boating circles before being sold on to Wally Markham and Glen Nordin in 1963. Under this new ownership Carver Yachts began to construct luxury yachts for buyers across America and beyond, and by the 1980s was one of the world’s largest yacht builders. Buoyed by this success the Carver firm decided to create a subsidiary focusing entirely on the luxury sports yacht market, and so in 2003 Marquis Yachts was born.
Marquis revolutionised the North American market for sports yachts by introducing the latest sleek and modern designs from Europe. Inspired by contemporary designs coming out of innovative boat yards in Italy, Marquis initially produced a range of stylish, high-performance sport bridge, sport coupe and flybridge yachts. Their first model, the 59 Pilot, was designed in partnership with Italian naval design house Nuvolari-Lenard, and quickly grabbed attention with its striking, ergonomic profile. Marquis continued to collaborate with Nuvolari-Lenard for Marquis’ subsequent ten models, ranging from 42 to 72 feet in length, and ultimately over 500 vessels were launched by the firm.
In 2019 the firm underwent a dramatic relaunch, confirming that they had shifted focus from the production of more modest vessels to the construction of unabashedly luxurious sports yachts. Now under the ownership of Parmentier, the firm has also announced a strategic partnership with automotive builder Lexus to bring their new models to the market. The first new yacht to be launched was the Lexus LY 650, a quick, raised flybridge model ideal for cruising, which was followed by the debut of the Marquis M42, a powerful vessel built with entertaining in mind.
A vertically integrated yacht builder that uses no subcontracting, Marquis produces all construction and finish, down to even electrics and plumbing, entirely in-house. This allows the firm to tailor their designs down to the finest details for a truly bespoke experience.
Marquis Lexus LY 650
A ground-breaking new venture for Marquis, the Lexus LY 650 was built in conjunction with car manufacturing giant Lexus as an entirely original concept yacht. The bold L-finesse style of this yacht’s exterior is inspired by the luxury cars produced by Lexus, and its two-tone stainless steel and bronze finish gives the vessel a striking, shimmering exterior. A 65-foot, resin-reinforced carbon-fiber hull, designed using computational fluid dynamics, adds durability and a lightweight feel in the water, while twin Volvo Penta engines help this yacht achieve top speeds of almost 32 knots. Lavish interiors designed by Atelier Takumi emphasize curved accents and smooth surfaces in cream Marfil marble, black lacquered walnut, frisée eucalyptus and white American leather. The master stateroom is one of the largest you will ever see on a yacht of this size, while three other cabin spaces provide accommodation for up to 8 guests. Plenty of indoor and outdoor entertaining space, including a rear swimming deck, make this one of the best yachts around for sumptuous soirees and relaxing voyages out to sea.
This bold 42-foot runabout sports yacht, built with cruising in mind, will blow its rivals out of the water with a top speed of almost 50 knots. The yacht’s resin-infused hull and hydraulic assisted-steering ensure that it is nimble on the turn and a joy to ride at full-throttle. As quick and as sleek as a silver bullet as it glides across the waves, the Marquis M42 is the newest Marquis model available and is offered in both inboard and outboard styles. The vessel is built with partying in mind, with a large sun deck and swimming platform to the aft fitted with modular sunbeds, U-shaped seating to starboard and a wide bow that is the ideal space to relax during those long summer afternoons.
Marquis 630 Sport
One of the last models produced by Marquis prior to their brand relaunch, the Marquis 630 Sport is a striking, 63-foot raised flybridge yacht. Benefiting from superb craftsmanship and design input from Nuvolari-Lenard, the yacht is powered by twin Volvo IPS engines for a top speed in excess of 30 knots. Designed for maximum space, the 630 Sport boasts a semi-sheltered aft-deck with access to a swimming platform, a raised bow fitted with modular sunbeds, and a large internal living room with L-shaped sofas and a dining space. 4 spacious staterooms below deck provide the vessel with a total occupancy of 8 and a crew of 1.
Marquis 59 Pilothouse
Introduced in 2003, the Marquis 59 pilothouse was the first yacht launched by Marquis and has proved enduringly popular with owners ever since. This yacht was one of the first in the U.S. to feature an Italian design and finish, with all the amenities needed to provide owners with an authentic luxury yachting experience. A modified V-hull with cored hullsides and a fiberglass bottom enables this vessel to glide serenely over the waters, while twin MAN 825HP engines deliver cruising speeds of up to 25 knots. Interior spaces are lined with cherrywood cabinetry, while the kitchen is finished with granite countertops and the aft salon furnished with ultraleather sofas. Below-deck accommodation space on this 60-foot yacht provides room for up to 6 guests and crew across both staterooms and berths.
How to Buy a Marquis Yacht
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