NORWALK, Conn. – There's an "entry-level" yacht for you sitting at a Norwalk dock this weekend, a dealer from New York says. The $1.04 million Marquis 420 Sportbridge was made in Pulaski, Wisc., and designed by Nuvolari Lenard of Venice, Italy.
The yacht is one of many docked at Cove Marina for the Norwalk Boat Show, which continues through Sunday with an admission fee of $15 for adults. Brendan Daly, a salesman from Rockland County, N.Y., would love to sell it to you. But if you want to step up to the next level, you may want to choose its "big brother," the Marquis 500 Sportbridge, with "all the bells and whistles at $1.499 million."
That includes joystick maneuvering, dual race car style helm stations and three Volvo Penta diesel engines. Amenities include dark hard wood floors and granite countertops in the kitchen upstairs and a mirror over the queen-size bed below.
Too much? Try the Flyer GT 43 Fly, a three-bedroom bargain down the way on Dock A at $880,000. Amy Connors of Milford said, "It was the best she had seen so far," Friday afternoon. She was impressed by washing machine hidden in the head, just off the master bedroom with the flat screen television mounted to the wall.
Her family already has two boats, with one docked in Florida. But they are "looking for something larger," Connors said.
Something even bigger would be the 53-foot Viking shown off by Staten Island Yacht Islands, with three bedrooms included in its $1.996 million list price. Then there's the 64-foot Azimut, available for $2.5 million. Sleeping six in the cabin with a pullout bed in the sitting area behind the helm, it includes a two-bedroom compartment down below for crew members. Decape oak veneer throughout gives it a warm feeling and upstairs. On the flybridge, there's a refrigerator and an ice maker, as well as a retractable top.
But all those boats are dwarfed by the even more luxurious yacht on Dock B, a 2013 63 Manhattan selling for a cool $3.3 million.
"This is some kind of boat," said Mary Doyle of Fairfield, who called the interior "very euro," although she wasn't wild about the black dominating the décor.
She took note of the motorized seats at the helm on the main level and the "dark but spacious" living area, including a full-size dining table and a U-shaped sofa behind the cushy pilot's seat. Amenities down below include a sofa in the master bedroom, a walk-in shower and a wide vanity with a raised sink basin.
"This is truly a home," Doyle said. "I mean, this is insane."