Celebrating 100 Years

Astondoa creates the century 110 glx in tribute to a century of shipbuilding.

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Astondoa creates the century 110 glx in tribute to a century of shipbuilding.
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ASTONDOA’S PASSION FOR creating and building yachts began in 1916, with the work of Jesús Astondoa Martínez. Three generations serving the recreational sailing sector and 100 years of accumulated experience guarantee a commitment to technology, design and innovation – all elements that have been fundamental to the group’s current strength.

The growth seen by the company over recent decades has made Astondoa Spain’s biggest large yacht builder, and one of the biggest in Europe. A perfect track record of hard work and commitment to quality goes back a century, with more than 3,000 boats built and production figures currently reaching 100 units per year.

Gone are those legendary wooden yachts, making way for a new generation. Astondoa is represented by a modern, elegant 138-foot megayacht. Christened Samurai One, this is a craft of advanced engineering design built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Manufactured at the Vigo boatyard, this represents Astondoa’s launch into the world of large yachts.

Astondoa’s central headquarters are in Santa Pola, overlooking the sea and only 10 minutes from Alicante International Airport. Covering an area of over 30,000sqm, it has facilities for the construction of yachts up to 122 feet in length. The Astondoa Group has four major production centres strategically distributed throughout Spain at Gallarta (Vizcaya), La Unión (Murcia), Vigo (Galicia) and Almansa (Albacete).

All of Astondoa’s boats and yachts, from the Open models to this gigantic model, are present at the most important and prestigious boat shows – Cannes, Barcelona, Genoa, Miami, Dubai, Moscow, and Lisbon are essential ports of call for discovering the new innovations brought by Astondoa to the international marine market every year.

Building yachts for 100 years and earning a reputation for the finest quality of customised craftsmanship is a major accomplishment that three generations of the Astondoa family are celebrating this year, starting with the recent Miami International Boat Show where Astondoa is represented exclusively by G Marine.

Though Astondoa has built custom boats from 40ft to 200ft during its 100-year tenure, the 110 Century makes a statement for today’s yacht owner. It is a manageable yacht with megayacht features that was built for large groups of family and friends to experience the great outdoors.

Sizable sun pads on the teak fore and aft decks accommodate many friends and family, but the fly/front bridge provides the opportunity for total outdoor or glass-walled, air-conditioned comfort – depending on the weather – as the electric roof retracts at the push of a button. 

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Named the “Sky Lounge” for its social gathering possibilities, the 110’s flybridge is the party central at sea or dock. The outdoor galley is destined for more use than the inside, as the BBQ grill, bar and al-fresco dining options provide day and night enjoyment of the open sky.

A pair of three-seat personal watercraft can be stored beneath the bow sun deck. In addition, an eight-seat Williams jet boat awaits in the aft garage for other on-water expeditions. The swim platform has easy access to the aft deck, where more dining and sunning space is available. Socialising is the key on board the Astondoa 110 yacht. Guest conveniences include 16 refrigerators strategically placed throughout the decks and in each stateroom so beverage service is a constant.

The galley is also centrally located so a late night snack or early morning breakfast is easily accessible to all – crew and guests alike. Spacious crew quarters for six are below ,along with a massive engine room housing two MTU 16V 2000 M84 engines with top speed of 24 knots and a 20kt cruising speed (M93 engines are optional).

The interiors by Cristiano Gatto Design were created in conjunction with Astondoa’s totally customised furnishings that are made in-house. Gatto, who has worked with Astondoa for 15 years, calls the boat “massive, but sexy and sporty”.

It was designed to be clean, uncluttered, modern and most of all, low maintenance. The look is termed “timeless” so the elements are of exotic coffee and textured oak woods, complemented by glass and polished stainless to defy being dated in the years to come.

“The owner wanted it to feel like guests were on board a yacht – not in a New York apartment,” explains Gatto, who used rich, touchable textures to contrast with the high-tech elements.

Colours range from whites to beige to brown and black with leather trimming walls, floors and ceilings. LED lighting replicates the skylights of the Sky Lounge with many accent spotlights and linear lighting as well.

Astondoa has long been credited with the ability to totally customise each build, making the Century 110 ideal for the lifestyle of the Owner who desires the freedom of the open air with the comforts of a floating home.

From the 110’s layout of the interior to the flow of the exterior decks and the creation of custom furnishings to match a low maintenance boating style, Astondoa embraces the concept of a megayacht inside a smaller yacht and make it functional to the Owner’s desires.

“It depends on how you are going to use the yacht, not how much you want to impress people with its size,” says David Galante of G Marine. “When having fun is your culture, having a boat that accommodates your style is the most important aspect.

“You could build a bigger yacht, but why when you can have all you need in 8,000 sq ft of interior and exterior space. That is a lot of boat – and a LOT of fun!” Throughout the 100 years of existence, Astilleros Astondoa has kept its key secret – the family spirit of the business. This is a yard where hopes and dreams are built, all entirely custom-designed with the vessel’s Owner in mind. Just as no two people are alike, no two Astondoas are alike.