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First 24m Astondoa Ax8 Sonrisa completes sea trials in Spain

30 November 2023 • Written by Dea Jusufi

The first hull in Astondoa's 24.5-metre Ax8 series, Sonrisa, has recently completed her final round of sea trials in Santa Pola, Spain following delivery to her owner in September.

Described as a "high-end family cruiser", the Ax8 was designed in-house as an extension of the shipyard's Flybridge range.

Accommodation is across three en suite guest cabins, including a full beam master on the lower deck. There are further quarters for two crew. An alternate layout proposal would have four cabins that include a master cabin on the main deck.

Imagery reveals uncluttered, bright and contemporary living spaces styled by long-standing collaborator Cristiano Gatto. "I am proud to have had the opportunity to give this boat a recognisable identity and style language typical of Astandoa," explained Gatto. "With the shipyard, we put in a great team effort to create a modern and contemporary interior design typical of full custom boats, with tailor-made details and finishes of the highest quality. I believe this is an absolute novelty in the market for this segment of vessels."

Her dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows and integrated lighting for a luminous, al fresco feel

Sonrisa offers two sundecks for sunbathing or lounging, found on the main deck and the flybridge. The upper deck is fully glazed and fitted with an ergonomic helm station and a second, more private, saloon. Her aft cockpit, alternatively, houses a dining and "chill out" area, with the beach club able to be seen through a protective glass panel that unifies the area. 

The Ax8 can accommodate a maximum of 18 people

Sonrisa is powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS 1350 engines for an expected maximum speed of 19 knots.

Hull two is also currently under construction, with the shipyard sharing plans to build three units per year.

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