These long-distance semi-displacement cruisers from St Sampson in Guernsey have earned a great reputation as a fine sea-boat, with massive strength in build, reliable and solid engineering and a quality fit-out. She is built to Lloyds Register of Shipping recommendations, is a Category A yacht, and equally proficient as a Mediterranean cruiser, or a Northern European passage-maker. Her current Owner has enjoyed keeping her in the Mediterranean in Northern Sardinia, and has found her well-suited to the environment.
Running on twin Caterpillar 800s, de-rated to 700HP each, she will cruise at displacement or semi-displacement – with a guzzle producing c.21 knots. She is a full inventory cruising motor-yacht, with two twin and two double cabins (all with ensuite facilities), full Cruisair reverse-cycle air-conditioning, Koopnautic stabilization, twin generators and watermaker. With eight berths in all, her accommodation is split fore and aft, so her full-beam Owners aft suite is nearly 6 metres wide, and the forward VIP cabin with its centreline double lies forward of the two twin staterooms and a useful utility area. Her long main deck houses a comfortable lounge/saloon, dining table for eight, and then leads forward to the main helm to starboard and the raised galley opposite to port. There are good-sized windows in the superstructure to light the saloon, and the galley has superb views out for the chef. As per normal, decks are generously wide and flat, with plenty of stout handholds for life under way. Her flybridge has aft access and a stairway from the lower helm, with a separate seating area aft of the helm seats, and an open boat deck or sunbathing area aft – which also affords some shade to the aft deck area.
As Dag Pike, writing for Boat International, put it; “to sum up, the Aqua Star 70 is a truly magnificent motor yacht.” The 70 Explorer from Aquastar was awarded “Motor Boat of the Year 2001”, and she still does the business!