By Tim Banse
Boat Test #1654
Aquila, renowned for its fleet of power cats, redesigned its 32 Sport Power Catamaran for the 2021 model year. Notable upgrades include a longer waterline which improves the ride and frees-up cockpit space. Also new, the fixed swim platform incorporates a ladder for easy access to the water.
Forward, an open bow lounge features twin chaise lounges replete with fold-up armrests fitted with a pair of stereo speakers and cup holders. A quick-deploy sunshade shelters loungers from the sun as needed.
A wraparound, walk-through, windshield separates the bow lounge from the cockpit and its two-person helm bench. Companion seating resides to port. In the cockpit we find a sink, freshwater mixer, an electric grill and a stainless-steel fridge just off the companionway. Overhead a fiberglass hardtop replete with sliding hatches, provides shelter for folks seated on dual transom benches.
Aquila’s 32 is a sport boat. Think performance raw, bloody performance. Nonetheless, it boasts accommodations for spending the night on board in goodly comfort. Below decks sleeping quarters include a double berth, hull-side glass with opening port, an overhead hatch and stowage cabinetry. The starboard side houses a wet head with ventilation and light-enhancing hull-side glass. Air conditioning is optional, either running off shore power, or an optional generator set. This cabin is no claustrophobia-inducing, dark cave.
Typical of a catamaran, the beam is broad, paying big dividends in performance, handling and roominess. On a power cat, outboards hang wider apart on the transom, lending better directional control. Know that a catamaran’s two hulls draw less than a mono hull, making them adept at exploring shallower waters.
Twin Mercury 225 hp engines are standard power, with twin 300-hp Mercury Verados optional. In this model the outboards are re-positioned further aft for a quieter voice print. Almost 30% faster and fuel efficient with the Hydro Glide Foil System, available as an option.
Hull and deck are constructed of composite vinylester resin and multi-directional fiberglass cloth. During layup, the coring is infused with resin under vacuum, a method which draws precise amounts of resin through the fibers to ensure a lightweight, durable hull and deck structure.
Overall Length: 9.86 m / 32’ 4”
Beam Overall: 3.85 m / 12’ 8”
Hull Draft with Outboards up: 55 cm / 1’ 10”
Displacement Dry: 6,850 kg / 15,100 lbs.
Sleeps: 4 (2 in salon)
Max Passengers: 22
MSRP: approx. $285,000 USD
For more information: www.marine360.ca, www.aquilaboats.com