Aquila owners share their stories and adventures – from why they chose Aquila to the adventures they're having at sea.
Larry and April Smith are not only avid boaters, but they are dedicated Aquila owners who generously share their boating tips with other Aquila owners navigating the Great Loop.
September 2016, The San Francisco Yacht Club held its annual Commodore’s Club Cruise. The location selected was the Gulf Islands, British Columbia. For those members that needed to charter a boat we selected Cooper Boating as our lead charter company based out of Port Sidney Marina. As Commodore of the club, I needed a boat that was big enough to hold a few parties on and serve as the Flagship for the cruise. Dawn recommended a new boat to the fleet which was an Aquila 44.
When Doug and Ann Anderson were faced with naming their fourth boat, a brand-new Aquila 44 power catamaran, it came fairly easily. Having lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, where their only son Matty was born, and then bringing Matty up in Dallas, Texas, they chose to name their new yacht after their son’s nickname, Cajun Cowboy.
The Aquila family continues to grow, and we’re always excited to welcome our new owners. Larry and April Smith along with their dog Abby, who their boat is named after - One Eye Dog, are experienced and enthusiastic cruisers, having already completed the Great Loop on their previous yacht. They chose the Aquila 44 for their next adventures.
In the summer of 2014, Bruce and Cydne Cooley wanted to take their family on a vacation of a lifetime. After extensive research, they landed on MarineMax Vacations, a bareboat or captained yacht charter group out of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). They choose to self captain an Aquila 48 Power Catamaran, one of the Aquila models that MarineMax Vacations offers for charter. The Aquila 48 offers four individual cabins with en-suite heads; their two adult children could each have a private cabin.
Jerry and his wife, Yunie, were eating lunch at a waterside restaurant in Delray, Florida, in January 2013, when they spotted their dream boat — and lost her. “My dream was to have a large cabin cruiser with a flybridge,” says Jerry, who began sailing 30 years ago and purchased his first twin-outboard power boat in 2000, when he was looking for a boat that required less physical work to navigate.
Commemorating the addition of your new boat to the family with a christening is a popular event. New Aquila owners Rick and Jennifer did just then when they purchased an Aquila 44. They celebrated with their friends following a tradition that dates back thousands of years and is thought to ensure safe passages for your upcoming adventures on the water.