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Wisconsin company building $3.5 million luxury yacht for Lexus

Posted at 9:46 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 23:12:09-04

A luxury yacht that designers hope could revolutionize the boating industry is being made right here in Wisconsin. 

The Lexus LY 650 is a partnership between international auto company Lexus and Pulaski, Wisconsin-based manufacturer Marquis-Larson Boat Group. 

Work to build the boat's hull began earlier this month. 

Workers at Marquis-Larson are currently manufacturing the first Lexus luxury yacht, which is a prototype. 

The goal is to have the vessel finished in 2019. 

Josh Delforge, Marquis-Larson's Vice President of Design & Engineering, said the company hopes to produce a yacht that's distinctly luxurious, but also high-powered. 

The Lexus boat will be powered by two, 900-horsepower engines.

It'll be roughly 65-feet long and 19-feet wide. 

"Lexus is asking us to put together a luxurious interior with a high-performance, a combination of those two things," Delforge said. "It's something I think our whole industry will be impressed by." 

He added the partnership with Lexus should draw global attention to Marquis-Larson - perhaps even from non-boaters. 

"It's going to open a lot of doors, and we'll get exposure to a lot of new people," Delforge said. 

He said, once complete, the cost of the Lexus yacht will start at roughly $3.5-million. 

"That's depending on your options, but $3.5-million is the estimate," Delforge said.