Aquila’s 47 Molokai Is Bigger and Better

The Aquila 47 Molokai is a fishing-focused, fast powercat with overnight accommodations.
Aquila 47 Molokai
The cockpit of the Aquila 47 Molokai can be ordered with outdoor cooking options for the day’s fresh catch. Courtesy Aquila Power Catamarans

Versatility is at the heart of the 47 Molokai, which will be the second and larger offering in the Aquila Power Catamarans Offshore range. The vessel measures 49 feet, 4 inches length overall with a 14-foot-7-inch beam. The center-console design builds on the offshore-fishing foundations laid by the 28 Molokai while enhancing entertainment abilities and granting weekending opportunities for a couple.

For anglers, the 47 Molokai has 16 rod holders mounted on the gunwales, another 10 at the bow, six at the transom, eight on the hardtop and four welded into the grab rails just abaft the second-row helm seating. Aquila conceals a tackle stowage box, and a bait- and tackle-rigging station in the backrests of the three-person aft-facing mezzanine seating. Anglers also have tackle-box stowage beneath the second-row helm seating and to port. There are flush-mounted stowage lockers to port and starboard.

Standard power for the Aquila 47 Molokai is twin 600 hp Mercury V-12s, and there is an option for quad 400 hp Mercury V-10s. Courtesy Aquila Power Catamarans

Aft, there are two 42.5-gallon transom livewells by Hooker Electric. Here, there is also stowage with a lid on the outboard side of each livewell, and owners heading out for big game can opt to convert these compartments into tuna tubes. The 47 Molokai  has two 90-gallon in-deck fish boxes, each with dedicated macerator pump-outs.

Aquila’s 47 Molokai has a single cabin with a queen-size berth, a wet head and two entrances. Above, there’s an acrylic ceiling window and two manually opening hatches. Courtesy Aquila Power Catamarans

Whereas the 28 Molokai had seating for eight, including its two helm seats, the 47 Molokai has seating for 17 throughout the yacht: 14 forward-facing and three aft-facing positions. There are two foldaway stern bench seats that can seat two people each, in addition to the two rows of seven total helm seats and three foredeck lounge seats. Forward of this seating, there is a sun pad.

Abaft the cockpit’s aft-facing seating, there is a table, but it’s removed if owners choose an outdoor cooking setup instead of the seats. In either configuration, owners will have a place to stow drinks and snacks here, with insulated coolers beneath the seating.

Aquila 47 Molokai bow
The bow of the Aquila 47 Molokai has two 74-gallon insulated coffin boxes and 60-gallon stowage between the two boxes. There are also 10 rod holders here, five on either side of the forward-facing lounge seats. Courtesy Aquila Power Catamarans

The 47 Molokai has a double-stepped hull design that Aquila says provides better handling and stability, and reduces drag. The hull, deck and cockpit sole are infused with vinylester resin, and there’s an infused-fiberglass structural grid. Primary forward and aft bulkheads are made of carbon fiber, while the secondary bulkheads are vinylester-resin-infused. The 47 Molokai’s hardtop is made of carbon fiber.  

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