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Review: Marquis 50' Sport Coupe

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  1. Marquis Yachts 50' Sport Coupe
    The Making of a Marque

    Review by YachtForums Publisher Carl Camper​

    The striking new Marquis 50 Sport Coupe, flaunting a bold, edgy, almost futuristic style was the pin-up girl of the 2008 Miami International Boat Show. This sexy little sport coupe is poised to single-handedly revitalize an otherwise status-quo express segment.
    With a transforming deck plan that instantly converts from a self-contained biosphere to an open, “one with your surroundings” party platform, Marquis has made cruisers cool again. And thanks to a trio of Volvo-Penta IPS drives, stunning style meets speed and maneuverability, head on! A product of Genmar's Marquis Division and yacht design’s dynamic-duo; naval architects Nuvolari-Lenard: the Marquis 50’ is a prime example of why we flock to boat shows…. to dream, to lust and to leave a little lighter in the pocket.

    The new 50 SC is a product of Marquis’ unique 3-D multi-part molding process that enables the radical angles displayed in the Coupes complex curves. These angles contribute to the integrity of the laminate by adding stiffness and rigidity. The construction process utilizes separate molds for the hull, side decks, and superstructure, with dozens of inserts for special parts. The laminate schedule involves a solid fiberglass bottom, foam core PVC for hull sides, plus imbedded balsa core for strength sans weight in less vital areas. A proper lamination schedule!
  2. The Marquis group is the major upscale arm of Genmar Holdings, Inc. Centered in Pulaski, Wisconsin, it involves several world class partnerships in its developments. These include Nuvolari-Lenard, the Venice, Italy, marine design firm responsible for Marquis’ masterfully sculpted exterior motifs and architecture; in concert with the Marquis internal development team. The company also collaborates with Donald Blount & Associates, of Norfolk, VA, a naval architecture firm specializing in state-of-the-art hydrodynamic technics; a leader in verifying high-performance structural applications, including use of the revolutionary Volvo Penta IPS. Additionally, BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a Southern California company, adds cutting edge creativity to the Marquis designs, particularly in its LS series.
  3. Powered by Volvo Penta’s IPS system – a triple play – she traipses across the water covering a 10-mile stretch of South Beach water like a Gasoline Alley Go-Fast born from the fertile mind of the Don. Backing down, her IPS system – a joystick and forward facing drives – is a marvel in maneuvering; and she’ll twirl in her own length from a standing start. Running in a light chop, two to three-foot seas, the Marquis 50 slightly betters her quoted top speed of 37 knots (43-mph). A true express yacht; her normal cruise is 36 mph. Fast for a fifty footer!
  4. On the aft deck, a lazarette hatch leads down a 4-step ladder, where a 23.0 kW Kohler generator with a dedicated series 31 battery is housed forward of the engine installation. Contained within its own insulated housing, the unit slides out for service when the compartment is not being used for fender, hose and line storage. Note the easy access to the bilge pump.
  5. From the opposite angle, looking aft, the hatchway reveals Marquis' motivation... a trio of compact Volvo Penta D6 IPS drive systems, which is rapidly becoming the preferred choice of builders worldwide. Why? For so many reasons, that we must supply a link...
  6. The aft deck galley-grill is ready for anything from the sea, or supermarket. It sports a grill top surface and a Vitri Frigo, 2.1 cubic ft. refrigerator with ice-maker. A close-up reveals the flip-up stainless covers for the sink and grille also double as a food prep surface.
  7. Making the most of the Marquis' main deck space is a set of hinged, bi-fold entrance doors that open the entire salon to the aft deck. In addition to the bi-fold doors seen here, another glass-panel to starboard serves as the main entrance door. Just outside on the port side is the outdoor grill, wet bar and sink with storage below.
  8. The aft deck is dedicated to outdoor and in-water recreation. Transom gates port and starboard; stainless steel and etched plexi-glass. A swim platform – integral to the hull, proffers a most unusual surprise; this transom lounge slides aft, to provide a full 9’ x 9’ – 80sq.ft. of additional cockpit space at anchor or dock; accommodating four adults comfortably. Immediately forward of the aft deck, the salon features upholstered chairs on brass legs, set across from a color-coordinated lounge. Located behind these chairs is a pop-up, 32" flat panel television. Centered in the salon is a unique table that ascends/descends for dual usage. The entertainment group also includes a stereo, DVD/CD, Sirius satellite radio and 4 Sonance speakers. Dark Brazilian cherry flooring adds glamor. Woods throughout include high-gloss cherry with Zebrano cabinetry, lacquered dark trim accents.
  9. This close-up shows the convenient – eclectic design – of Marquis’ handsome table, which slides up for a dinette; or down, as a coffee taboret. This adroit level of innovation emphasizes the creative design input; transforming what might have been just another express yacht into a mariner’s showcase.
  10. In a novel arrangement, the compact main galley at starboard, on equal level as the helm, keeps the cook in tune with the elements. Cabinet space is sparce, but a liquor cabinet with glass shelves, flanked by Brazilian cherry give the SC50 the feel of a chic yacht. A nice touch; the Marquis Crystal highball glasses and decanter, etched with the Sport Coupe logo.
  11. A close up of the galley shows the stainless steel sink, two-burner cooktop set in black, faux granite, an under-mounted microwave and refrigerator/freezer – all quickly surround.
  12. The helm is unusually dimensional, yet clean and concise. From the helm seat position, which by the way, is a 6-way power adjustable bench, a full 360 degrees of uninterrupted views abound. Electronics include an E-120 Nav display, Raymarine 240 VHF and autopilot, 125 WASS GPS, and DSM digital sonar module. Notice Volvo's joystick to the right of the throttles. For you IPS fans, you know this means the steering wheel is Fly-by-Wire controlled.
  13. Overhead, a retractable sun roof allows the sky to bathe the Sport Coupe's interior in sunshine. Integrated with an additional power shade – shown here – at the push of a button, the afternoon sun is quickly converted to shade. Keeping the temps in check, a 4-zone 54,000 BTU self contained system - 10,000 BTU for master stateroom and heads; (2) 18,000 BTU for dinette & salon; 8,000 BTU for guest staterooms; with reverse cycle heat. A comforting set of options.
  14. Below decks and nestled in the forepeak, the Master stateroom features a step-up queen-size berth for the joys of slumber, with a mirrored headboard and double ports on each side. Entertainment includes a 20” Sole’ LCD TV and Clarion DVD, manufactured to marine standards, as well as a stereo, CD player & Apple iPod dock. As an indication that Marquis expects the Sport Coupe to be used as more than a weekender, there’s also a hidden wall safe.
  15. Fitted at the port beam, the VIP stateroom offers a double berth, plus amenities - a bureau and hanging locker. Built in, a 15” Sole’ LCD TV & DVD, stereo, iPod dock. The vessel’s washer-dryer is handily located here as well. A third stateroom, starboard, offers twin berths, convertible, with the entertainment package. It shares a head/shower with the VIP stateroom.
  16. The guest ensuite head fits cozily abeam and is basically the same size and lay-out as the master ensuite head. It presents a sit-down shower with its own steam generator. In keeping with the latest interior treatments - using kitchen accessories in bathrooms - the head has a "salad-bowl" for a sink!
  17. The SC 50’s design elements readily echo several advanced mega-yacht trends. Close by at the Miami show, the Nuvolari-Lenard designed Palmer Johnson "Dragon", though more than twice the length of the SC50, visually registers as a sister ship to this pert leading lady.

    Stunning lines and spectacular design are the trademark of this trend setter, yet there is much more than meets the eye with clever engineering, such as a sliding sun/moon roof and shade; a hydraulically sliding aft deck that instantly transforms itself into party central and a coffee table that rises to meet the occasion. If you think the designers have outdone themselves, the engineers had a field day!

    The express cruiser is back... and THIS is the new mark!



    LOA: (w/platform) 49’6”
    Beam: 15’7”
    Draft: 45”
    Fuel: 506 gal.
    Water: 90 gals.
    Weight: 44,500 lbs.
    Headroom: 6’6”
    Rating: CE-Class A (European Union, worldwide use)

    Power Options:

    3x Volvo Penta D6 IPS 450 – 330 hp
    3x Volvo Penta D6 IPS 500 – 370 hp
    3x Volvo Penta D6 IPS 600 – 435 hp

    For more information contact:

    Marquis Yachts
    P.O. Box 1010
    790 Markham Drive
    Pulkaski, WI 54162
  18. Deck Plans; Top to Bottom:

    1. Main Deck
    2. Lower Deck Accommodations
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