Lex Raas, President, Aquila at MarineMax, is integral in the design and development of the innovative Aquila Power Catamaran line. An industry veteran, Lex brings a wealth of knowledge as well as fresh new ideas for game-changing features.
In 2012, experts from multiple development, design and manufacturing firms; Sino Eagle Group, J&J Design Group, Seaway and MarineMax all collaborated to expand the Aquila range by developing a new, purebred power cat. This international team consisted of Lex Raas, a highly experienced boat developer and charter industry veteran, and J&J Design group and their development arm, Seaway, who have worked on designs for Azimut, Bavaria, Beneteau, Dufour, Jeanneau and Monte Carlo. This highly regarded, award-winning group began the process of designing the first true Aquila Power Catamaran, the Aquila 48.
Lex added to this team a long, successful career in the yacht design and charter industry having previously worked at Beneteau and the Moorings as well as brought to market the South African Catamaran brand Leopard built by Robertson and Caine, among others. Throughout his career Lex has championed new innovations in boat models, many of which became standard features that we now take for granted. During his earlier career, catamarans were a small percentage of the charter fleets but Lex was convinced they were the future of yachting if properly adapted for their intended use. While at the Moorings, Lex reinvented the sailing catamaran for easier use, comfort and an overall better charter experience. Lex has proven himself to have a knack for identifying what boaters want before they know themselves. After 16 years at the Moorings and a year's sabbatical to travel around the world, Lex joined MarineMax. By this point, Lex had decided the next big advances were to be found in power catamarans. This is when the unique and talented team of Sino Eagle Group, J&J Design Group, Seaway and MarineMax came together to design, develop and build Aquila Power Catamarans. Today, Aquila has a line of award-winning power catamarans ranging from thirty-six to forty-eight feet with a new thirty-foot model on the way. Aquila models are designed to be power catamarans, whereas many other companies convert sailing catamarans to power. This unique approach shows as Aquila sets the new standard in quality and innovation. From outboard power with joystick docking to direct access from the flybridge to the bow, Aquila raises the bar. The future for Aquila is exciting!
Take a sneak peek at the Aquila 30 Power Catamaran, currently in development, with Lex.