I recently traveled to Santa Pola, Spain to join in the Astondoa’s celebration of its 100-year anniversary. With a selected group of international journalist from the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East we join in an “immersion experience” of the area’s culture, seeped in marine construction complemented by a gastronomical tour of the finest local produce, seafood and culinary specialties.
Touring the shipyard’s 32,300 s.f. facilities validated Astondoa’s reputation for producing bespoke boats that reflect the owner’s desires and style. The builder offer its customers the ability to customize their yachts, no matter their size. And it is not just a matter of interior style and décor, owners have the ability to choose technical equipment and both interior and exterior layouts. Offering such a level of customization while keeping its prices competitive is not an easy task. Indeed the shipyard does everything in-house. Astondoa has its own design department and employs hundreds of skilled craftsmen and technicians who build everything, including furniture, upholstery and hardware. Their work was demonstrated by the unveiling of the new Astondoa 655 Coupe which will be seen in the U.S. at the major fall shows.
The last day we paid a visit to Astondoa’s’ Technological Center, were the Spain’s largest 5-axis CNC machine was in action shaping a new hull model: 65ft Fly. Once completed this yacht will make her american debut at Yachts Miami Beach 2017.
Finally, I can say that this visit helped instill in all of us the appreciation of the work, dedication and the continual striving for perfection of this unique yard.