The Aquila Offshore Line Keeps Growing
These three Molokai models are designed to make fishing and offshore adventures safer and more comfortable
By Alan Jones
The waters surrounding Hawaii can be some of the world’s most challenging for boaters, and these harsh conditions inspired the Aquila 28 Molokai Power Catamaran. Introduced in 2022, its design resulted from a collaboration between two of the most accomplished experts on catamaran design, Kirk Clarke, who has been building catamarans in Hawaii since the 1960s, and Lex Raas, from South Africa, whose waters are similarly challenging. Raas is also President of Aquila Power Catamarans.
In addition to the original Molokai, a 28 Molokai Cuddy Power Catamaran model was created to allow overnighting. It also features a protected helm station that can be enclosed, making it a perfect choice for those who live in northern climates and want to stretch their boating season.
Scheduled for release this fall, the Aquila 47 Molokai Power Catamaran will be added to the lineup to give anglers the ultimate platform for offshore adventures. Each Molokai model uses its Hawaiian DNA to provide a safer and more comfortable ride in conditions that keep other fishing boats in port.
Aquila 47 MolokaiStretching to nearly 47 feet long with a long list of standard features and capabilities not found on other cats in its class, the Aquila 47 Molokai was designed with help from a professional fishing consultant to ensure it checks all the boxes fishing purists demand. A luxurious cabin with a queen-size bed and yacht-like head compartment makes this a versatile vessel to make your fishing and family dreams come true.
Featuring an advanced dual-hull design with twin steps for greater speed and efficiency, along with a 1,048-gallon fuel capacity, this gives it up to 800 miles of range with its standard power package of twin 600-horsepower Mercury Verado V12 outboards. With the option of selecting four Mercury V10 outboards totaling 1,600 horsepower, owners and their guests can have more time at destinations or far-flung fishing spots and less time commuting.
With a beam of 14 feet, 7 inches, the 47 Molokai has enormous deck space for fishing and provides room for four livewells totaling 185 gallons. It also includes two fish boxes and two coffin boxes, which amounts to 328 gallons of capacity.
Guest comfort is paramount with features such as massive individual storage compartments and triple forward-facing lounge seating. And because of the Molokai line’s soft ride, dampened by the cushion of air created between the hulls when running, these loungers are perfect for those working on their tans while on the run.
Stadium seating for seven at the helm features four raised seats in the second row, so everyone has a great view forward. For monitoring the trolling spread, three abreast mezzanine seating overlooks the fishing cockpit. Port and starboard dive doors help land huge fish and assist guests boarding dockside or out on the water.
Aquila 28 MolokaiThe 30-foot, 9-inch long 28 Molokai has a wide 9-foot, 8.5-inch beam that helps promote side-to-side stability. A three-sided tempered glass windshield offers excellent protection at the helm and a small gap at the top fosters air circulation. Composite stanchions rigidly support the standard hard top and give it a custom look.
Its center console design is perfect for fishing. Just behind the luxurious twin helm seats is a 30-gallon livewell, mounted near the centerline for better balance, that has curved sides and a clear lid to help monitor bait. A pair of insulated, in-floor fish boxes and two more storage compartments exploit the twin hulls’ depth to create extra capacity. Tackle storage is abundant. It is designed to hold Plano boxes to keep gear orderly.
Unlike many center consoles with a standing-room-only theme, plenty of comfortable seating also helps boost its entertainment quotient. At the stern, twin flip-down seat bottoms create jump seats, and in front of the center console is a doublewide seat with a tall backrest for comfort that’s perfectly angled. The front of the center console flips open to reveal a roomy head compartment, and in front, there’s a U-shaped lounge with removable seat backs that create bowrider seating.
Aquila 28 Molokai CuddySharing the same seaworthy hull as its center console counterpart, the 28 Molokai Cuddy has a helm-forward pilothouse design that is perfect for those looking to insulate themselves from harsh weather conditions. The hardtop also allows for adding an extended roof for more shade and protection from the rain. The base boat has a wide-open deck, creating the maximum space for fishing or diving activities.
Owners can add a reversible seat back lounger that provides an incredible amount of storage in addition to the four drainable in-floor cargo areas, plus twin fish boxes with a massive 188-gallon capacity. A pair of concealable jump seats can be added at the stern, and live bait enthusiasts can option a 30-gallon livewell at the stern. A cuddy cabin with a bunk is perfect for overnighting or catching a snooze during long fishing excursions. A hinged floor section is an ideal location for concealing a portable toilet.
All three Molokai models combine sporty performance with carefully considered standard features and options, allowing owners to create the ideal fishing platforms that perfectly match their lifestyles.