The July/August issue of the Australian Multihull World, Power & Sail brings an 11-page review of the Aquila 44, designed by J&J. It is the front page article THE CAT WITH PLENTY OF PURRR, by Kevin Green. The review boat was an enhanced version for the Australian market with extras such as fire suppression systems, additional fuel shut-offs and life rafts as well as beefed-up shaft drives and railings, plus 300 HP engines. It was put to test off the Gold Coast of Queensland.
Green especially stressed the capability of the Aquila 44 to perform either as a “six litres an hour trawler”, ideally suited for “long mileages along our Australian coasts”, or as a “a snappy powerboat”, ideal for tricky occasions, such as “should you be caught in the wrong tide at the Gugari Rip between the Wessel Islands”, also called Hole in the Wall, where the currents reach 8 knots. In that case, so wrote the reviewer, you “simply put the hammer down for 20 minutes and you’re through”.He liked “The commanding views from the flybridge, combined with the fibreglass bimini”, which “ensures the skipper has clear sight from the forward set helm.” The roomy flybridge with forward exit, very useful “Should the skipper need to reach the foredeck when anchoring in haste” also did not go unnoticed.
The main accent of the review: »Powered catamarans like the Aquila 44 are comfortable cruising platforms that are growing in popularity for some very good reasons – such as their frugal fuel consumption combined with spacious hulls.«