Prestigious Japanese automaker Lexus has debuted the very first unit of its new LY 650 yacht design at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to a very warm response. Built by Marquis Yachts in the U.S. with interior design work by the respected Italian studio Nuvolari Lenard, the 65ft (19.8m) luxury yachts are designed to give owners the feel of being inside a Lexus vehicle.
To create a luxury yacht that was consistent with the Lexus brand, Nuvolari Lenard worked hard to achieve the perfect aesthetic. “We had to really push the envelope in terms of the materials we selected”, explained Dan Lenard, Director and Senior Partner at Nuvolari Lenard. “Of course, they needed to be marine-grade and to meet regulatory standards, but they also had to echo that premium ‘Lexus look’. Leather was naturally an important part of conveying the sensation of being in a car, and we chose the same high-quality cream leather both for inside and outside. We also designed leather features in places that you would not usually expect to find them on a boat, such as on door panels with elaborate stitching patterns. It was very effective.”
Her interior spaces are surprisingly spacious for her compact size, boasting a large salon ideal for relaxing with friends and family as well as three cabins which can accommodate up to six guests for overnight stays onboard. Each of the cabins has spacious headroom of over 6.5ft (2m) and an en-suite bathroom. Other highlights include the bespoke furnishings, solid wood trim, fully-equipped galley in the aft and the option to add Mark Levinson surround sound audio systems.
The gorgeous flybridge cruiser is just as stunning on the outside and boasts a top speed of up to 31.4 knots thanks to the use of carbon fibre composite materials to minimize weight while ensuring strength and durability. Marquis Yachts is currently building more units of the LY 650 yacht, which are expected to prove popular, especially in the U.S.