The first two months of 2016 have sailed by in this pivotal year for Quintessence Yachts. We are well underway with the planning for what will be an unforgettable experience for our guests: the global launch of the first Aston Martin powerboat, the AM37.
Throughout January we presented the new model (albeit in a scale version of course) at the prestigious Harrods store in London. This generated a great deal of interest and excitement, and similar events are planned in the weeks ahead.
Interviewwith Ben Collet - Quintessence Yachts Producation Director
How are things progressing with the first prototype of the AM37?
It has been fantastic to see the designs move from concept through engineering and tooling to operating systems. The build is proceeding very well and the AM37 looks spectacular. The mechanical and electrical systems have been installed and we’ve been able to test run the various powered systems that represent a key feature of the boat. The overall process is firmly focused on achieving the highest standards of quality throughout the build. We look for excellence, we chase perfection.
Could you please give us an overview of the production team that is working on the AM37?
The Quintessence Yachts team is made up of skilled marine craftsmen and engineers,specialised in the different disciplines such as composite builders, electricians, mechanics,shipwrights and joiners. Backing up the shop floor staff we have an in-house team of design and product engineers implementing the original designs from Aston Martin and Mulder Design. And right across the company we have a great mix of young and talented people, as well as more senior and experienced staff. All of us have relished the opportunity to work on such a unique model.
A great deal of attention is being paid to using excellent materials and specialised suppliers to create a ‘family feeling’ with the Aston Martin cars. Can you tell us more?
The AM37 will truly embody the Aston Martin brand, not only in terms of design but also production quality. It truly is a hand-built boat and the vast majority has been constructed in-house. In addition to our own highly skilled team, we’ve chosen to work with a few key Aston Martin suppliers in order to get the same level of handcrafting and technical know-how. Moreover, the materials we use such as leather, metal, glass and wood are all authentic to reflect the brand values.
Aston Martin is offering a special personalisation programme to its clients, called Q by Aston Martin. Is anything similar in your plans for AM37 owners?
Yes, absolutely. Our marketing team are now finalising the colour options for paints and interiors, which will form the basis for the clients' orders. There is also an additional opportunity: if clients wish to go for a fully customised AM37, they can join the Q by Aston Martin programme and have an Aston Martin designer in Gaydon (UK) support their choices.