Astondoa 100 Century
What’s with the name of Astondoa’s newest yacht? This 100-footer celebrates 100 years of Astondoa boatbuilding, launched by Jesus Astondoa Martinez in 1916, with only a brief (and understandable) pause for the Spanish Civil War. If your eyebrows raised at Spanish boatbuilding, think Niña, Pinta and the Spanish Armada centuries ago. One of a handful of mega builders in Spain, Astondoa is notable for several generations of craftsmen still building their yachts.
The 100 Century is a raised pilothouse tri-deck, with an upper deck that slopes forward past the pilothouse and its reversed windshield. That upper deck is really the flybridge, including twin dinettes and two L-shaped consoles that serve as wet bar and outdoor galley. All this is mostly tucked under a mighty fiberglass hardtop that sports a sunroof for even more light and breeze.
The upper deck/bridge starts aft with a spa surrounded by acres of sunpad and seating, and the flawless teak decking continues with nary a step all the way to a lounge with table on the foredeck. Tucked inside the low fighter jet cockpit of a pilothouse is the skipper’s sanctum, with a single helm seat, settee with table (for invited guests) and a full-sized chart table (remember those?).
Gallery: Astondoa 100 Century
The main deck is also a single level, from the shaded cockpit through the washed-oak salon by Cristiano Gatto, past the dining table for 10, and into the full-beam master suite forward, with its own foyer, private head with stall shower and cavernous hanging lockers with Lucite-fronted drawers.
Take a left at the dining table in the salon and you’re in a galley fit for an Iron Chef with triple fridges, six-burner cooktop and counter space to prep a five-course meal. Of note here is the ledge outboard with twin stools: The word is this owner occasionally likes to make his own sandwich and this provides a casual spot to dine, but with a spectacular view. Down from the galley are the crew quarters for four in two cabins, each with en suite heads.
The owner’s guests also live like royalty on the lower deck, with a pair of mirrored VIP staterooms aft, both en suite with stall showers. Just forward are two more en suite guest cabins which transform from singles to doubles easily.
The Astondoa 100 Century is a fully custom yacht, so what is described here is what this particular owner chose, but you can rearrange to your heart’s content. The same applies when it comes to engines: Our boat had twin MTU 2,850-hp diesels. Standard 2,186-hp MTUs offer a 26-knot top speed. The engine room is spectacular, lined in stainless steel with full walkarounds, and there is a transom garage than can accommodate a 15-foot Williams Sportjet tender plus a PWC.
The bespoke craftsmanship of each Astondoa ranges from the stitched leather on countertops to intricately inlaid marble to welded stainless fittings like jewelry. Built to the highest standards to satisfy the most discerning owner, Astondoa’s 100-footer, whatever you call it, is a spectacular offering. Old Chris Columbus would have been mightily pleased by this Spanish caravel.
Astondoa 100 Century Specifications:
Displ: 255,000 lbs.
Fuel: 2,880 gal.
Water: 555 gal.
Standard power: 2/2,186-hp MTU 16V2000
Cruise Speed: 22 knots
Top Speed: 26 knots