Making waves

Known for producing the very finest cars Aston Martin had, until recently, left us guessing what its boats would be like. Mark Slack checks out the AM37 ...

If Aston Martin produced a boat you would expect it to be exclusive, sleek, powerful and look beautiful. It does, and it is, because Aston Martin now has the AM37. It is a day cruiser that is the company’s first foray into waterborne travel. The AM37 made its debut last year at the Monaco Yacht Show and the first customer delivery was in August this year.

This striking boat can transform into an overnight berth with a particularly well-appointed cabin, including mood lighting, air conditioning, refrigerator, coffee maker, bathroom with shower plus a 48” LED television that is integrated with the navigation system. There is seating for up to eight people at the rear of the deck. Built with the same high tech, quality approach as their cars the AM37 is the result of two years of research and development.

Handcrafted in the UK by Quintessence Yachts, the 37ft AM37 exploits the synergies of maritime and automotive worlds with more than a splash of style and elegance. There are two different versions: a ‘gran turismo’ leisure powerboat with a choice of twin
370hp Mercury diesels or two 430hp Mercury petrol engines and a maximum speed of around 44 knots. The more extreme AM37S version with twin 520hp petrol engines by Mercury Racing has a maximum speed of around 50 knots.

Smart design

Among the technology featured on board are very clever carbon fibre sliding panels that completely cover the cockpit and can be remotely operated with a mobile app. Navigation, the control monitor and entertainment systems are integrated with a 15” touchscreen in the dashboard, with advanced functions to control the electric anchor, retractable carbon fibre bimini and retractable swim platform. Each of these bespoke day cruisers is manufactured using the latest in composite technologies and features many carbon fibre mouldings, including the upper deck. Its signature feature is the wraparound windscreen that is formed from a single piece of sculpted glass.

Owners have their own cluster with a dedicated display for monitoring engine status, navigation and other core boat systems such as anchor deployment, the bilge pumps and battery chargers. The dashboard will be integrated with your smartphone, allowing you to start the champagne cooler or the (optional) air conditioning on remote before you get to the boat. A small onboard server will provide access to stored movies and music. AM37 owners also benefit from the very latest options with regards to fingerprint recognition.

Priced from £1.25m the AM37 range offers the same kind of Aston Martin DNA found in their cars. The sleek style, technology-based build and a wealth of experience come from Aston Martin, Mulder Design (an independent company founded in 1979 and based in the Netherlands) and Quintessence Yachts based here in the UK near Southampton where the AM37 is built.
Aston Martin’s signature for its cars is power, beauty, and soul. They seem to have very successfully taken those elements to the boating world with the AM37.