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New direction for Marquis

Though it’s built in Wisconsin, the lines of the Marquis 40 SC are distinctly Italian.

Though it’s built in Wisconsin, the lines of the Marquis 40 SC are distinctly Italian. That’s because it was designed by Nuvolari-Lenard, the Italian naval architecture firm with which Marquis Yachts has worked for the past five years on various projects.

But the 40 SC is a change in direction for Marquis, which like its sister company, Carver Yachts, is known for its motoryachts. The 40 SC not only is the builder’s smallest model, it’s the first boat in a new range of express cruisers that will combine European styling with American construction.

“What we wanted was a boat that’s great-looking, but we’re going to make it to the American build standard,” says Dick Nocenti, director of marketing and communications for Marquis. “We found that there was a statistically significant number of people who had had express cruiser-style boats over the years and had enjoyed express cruisers for a number of years, but as their buying power increased there wasn’t a premium product for them.”

The goal was to build an express cruiser with “yacht-quality” construction inside and out, and Marquis made a special request to Nuvolari-Lenard. “We told them, ‘Equip it like the 120-, 150- or 180-foot megayachts you typically build,’ ” says Nocenti — from hardware and systems to such interior appointments as inlaid hardwood cabin soles, hardwood cabinetry, “Steinway-lacquered” trim, and carbon laminate dash panels.

The hand-laid fiberglass hull has a solid bottom and composite sides, constructed using a three-dimensional fiberglass molding process to create a sculpted look, according to Marquis. And propulsion is from twin Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System pod drives.

“You walk inside of this boat, and you know you’re in something that’s different from the mainstream express cruisers,” Nocenti says.

The 40 SC has a hardtop with actuated sunroof, bifold glass panel doors that lead from the cockpit to the saloon, a galley-up, and a starboard-side helm station, with two staterooms and a head compartment below deck. “The galley, the saloon and the cockpit — basically all the entertaining spaces — are on one level,” says Nocenti.

The transom and swim platform slide aft at the push of a button to increase cockpit space while at anchor or at the dock. Stepping inside, the saloon contains a U-shaped settee to starboard with storage beneath, a drop-leaf table, and an entertainment system with a flatscreen television. The galley, forward and to port, comes equipped with a microwave, two-burner stove, refrigerator/freezer, stainless steel sink, and solid-surface countertops. The helm station has a flip-up bench seat for two that adjusts fore and aft, as well as a tilt steering wheel and an IPS joystick control.

Below, the master stateroom is forward, the guest stateroom is to starboard, and an enclosed-head compartment with stall shower is to port. The master stateroom has a queen-size island berth, full-height hanging locker, and a cushioned bench seat. The guest stateroom contains twin berths, a full-height hanging locker and a nightstand.

In addition to the 40 SC, Marquis plans to introduce a 46-footer in the express style with triple IPS drives in time for the Miami International Boat Show in February, with a bigger model yet to come.


LOA: 40 feet, 10 inches

Beam: 13 feet, 11 inches

draft: 3 feet, 7 inches

Displacement: 31,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 140 gallons water, 45 gallons waste

STANDARD POWER:twin Volvo Penta IPS pod drives to 870 hp

SPEED: 40 mph top, 36 mph cruise (with IPS 600s)


CONTACT: Marquis Yachts, Pulaski, Wis.

Phone: (920) 822-1575.