With a bloodline starting with the 45 in 1998, and running through the super sea-sure 47, the Aqua-Star 48 is the upwardly-mobile child. Her massively-built semi-displacement hull is stabilised for comfort under way, she has a simply unbeatable aft Owners suite, engine room access is simple and her decks are safe, broad and uncluttered. This example is air-conditioned, with passarelle and a full inventory to include raft and EPIRB, she is located in Palma and just having a quick pit-stop. A very hard combination to beat for versatility, price and capability.
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“In 2005, we returned to ‘home’ in England after spending 5 years on a global circumnavigation in a 63ft sailing yacht. We were by then hooked on doing longish passages. On our return, we spent a few years sailing from the South Coast and cruising to S. Brittany or across Biscay to the NW coast of Spain. But our 63ft yacht – was quite heavy to handle physically, and so was its mainsail. The boat had much equipment to make life ocean life comfortable – but it was too expensive to maintain.
We decided that at our age it would make sense to switch to a power boat.
We chose to buy “ROMERO” because the layout was good for living aboard, and because of the semi-displacement hull form. With two powerful Volvo engines we could climb over steep waves in a heavy sea, or we could zoom along on the plane over a calm sea. We were surprised at how fast she would go. On days when we felt self-indulgent, we would fit in a quick passage down to Majorca – at average speeds of nearly 20 knots..
When cruising economy was critical – as when we sailed all the way round from S. Brittany across Biscay, through the Gibraltar straits, to Spain – we felt very comfortable making fast passages at 14 knots, which is her most economical speed.
We normally pilot the boat from the fly-bridge, which gives an excellent view. When the seas increase, the Aquastar still motors along well. The only thing stopping us from staying on the fly bridge was that spray would often make us too wet. So we would re-locate to the saloon helm.”