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    Why did you raise the bridge decks on your Aquilas?

As a long-time fan of heights, Capt. Eagle is all for raising the decks as high as possible. But Aquila has another reason as well. Long story short: it makes for a smoother ride. Some catamaran designs are notorious for slamming around in rougher seas because as a boat falls into the trough of a wave, water splashes up and smacks the underside of the bridge deck. The impact is often enough to tip over your martini—no bueno.

With a higher bridge deck, this Aquila design significantly reduces that slamming effect and also gets rid of  “cat’s breath,” i.e., the spray created by high pressure underneath the hull that often comes up over a catamaran’s bow drenching the windshield, and sometimes even the bridge deck. On Aquilas, that spray passes between the hulls and comes out at the transom, leaving everybody onboard nice and dry. The higher bridge deck effectively creates a cushion of air on which the boat rests, creating a ride that is nothing short of… feathery.

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