Its ship has come in

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 :: Made in the New North
Jessica Thiel
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

When Lexus comes calling with a request to build a prototype yacht that incorporates the company’s design principles and applies them in a new way, it can be a little intimidating. No pressure, right?

Luckily, Pulaski-based Marquis Yachts was up to the challenge. After two years of work, the 42-foot open sport yacht, which for now remains a concept craft, debuted in January at a Lexus-hosted media event in Miami Beach, Fla.

The premium performance yacht, which features twin high-performance Lexus V8 engines, is designed for recreational day touring and holds six to eight people.

Marquis worked with Diesel Frabetti Design of Italy as well as Lexus designers and Toyota Marine engineers to ensure they met the high standards of Lexus. Paul Liss, vice president of operations and manufacturing for Marquis, says the project helped raise the company’s quality and construction standards to new levels.

“It really shows the dedication and craftsmanship of the employees to build a one-off bespoke sport yacht with the expectations of Lexus,” says Matthew Vetzner, vice president of marketing for Marquis. “They should all be proud.”