Finnish builder, Aquador, is preparing to showcase its new 35 AQ model at January’s international boating exhibition in Dusseldorf.

This strikingly fresh and modern looking boat has been designed by long-standing brand partner, Espen Thorup of Norway, who is already known for his excellent work on the Flipper, Bella and Sting ranges of powerboats. However, as the early details of the new boat appear to confirm, this striking 35-footer is altogether more involved than that…

Described as an “entirely new design”, the 35 AQ’s “innovative solutions” include a spacious and modifiable cabin with a back wall that can be opened out into the cockpit; a large, electrically operated skylight; an expansive swim platform; a driver’s sliding door with a safe, practical side deck to starboard; and a “large, anti-fog, double-convex windshield”.
While further information is obviously scarce in the build up to the AQ’s much-anticipated debut, there is no doubt that it represents a very major departure for the brand. Certainly, there is already a 35-foot cruiser in the range, but this (and the rest of the established Aquador fleet) errs very clearly on the side of modest, gentlemanly designs. And where the older craft have the potential to feel a touch dull or dated, the new 35 AQ appears to bring together some resoundingly modern ideas.

Aquador 35 AQ

The new 35 AQ is set to make an impact at several of Europe's key winter shows.

For instance, on the one hand, it has the look of a tough, four-season platform, with its pronounced coachroof, its linear, low-profile pilothouse, its near vertical windows, its elevated rails and its deepset lateral walkways. However, it combines these features with a much more youthful and dramatic energy, courtesy of Italian-style angles both in the hull windows and the steel work; and a pilothouse structure that appears to be built almost entirely from glass. In particular, that plunging aft window section brings a very fresh aesthetic to the mix and promises excellent views for those inside; and then there’s that tapering bow and fine entry, which are reminiscent of some of the most sporting, most modern (and most critically celebrated) powerboats to come from Scandinavia in recent times.

You can see the new boat in Hall 5/B40 at Boot Dusseldorf 2017 from 21-29 January 2017 or at one of its follow-up appearances in Gothenburg, Helsinki or Stockholm. Failing that, just sit tight, keep an eye out and we’ll bring you a ‘First Look’ video the moment we see it unveiled…

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.