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Rinker Fiesta Vee 270

The Rinker Fiesta Vee 270 sits near the top of the Rinker range and at 8.43 metres it has a lot of room for its size.

The cabin has a feel of spaciousness with plenty of headroom. Forward, the V-berth converts into a dinette that seats four with ample storage under.

The galley is well appointed with a microwave, 12V/240V fridge, metho stove and a sink with pressure hot and cold water. The head is located for easy access from topside. For a boat with a beam of 2.7m the head is uncluttered. The aft double-berth is huge and non-claustrophobic.

Topside the cockpit has a semi-circular lounge opposite the helm with a further full width seat aft, which lifts at the touch of a button to give access to the engine bay. Like most other sports cruisers the foredeck is reached via the walk through windscreen.

The power plant is a MerCruiser 5.7 ltr EFI linked to a Bravo 3 sterndrive, which gets the boat up and going very effectively. The Rinker 270 will cruise comfortably at 25 knots.

The Rinker Fiesta Vee 270 is priced at $128,990.

Sydney Powerboat Centre, Tel: (02) 9997 7797. Fax: (02) 9999 1368.



Low Cost Classic

Southwind has released a new Classic Series that sells for as much as 20 per cent less than the company's standard range. The Standard range will now become the Platinum Series.

The initial release includes Classic Series versions of the big offshore SF655, the SR565 family and fisherman half cab and the entry-level centre console UB520.

Luxury extras will be missing, but in most respects the boats will be fundamentally the same as the more expensive Platinum Series.

The first release will soon be followed by a Classic version of the popular SF550WR walk around. The first release Classics are in the showrooms now.

Southwind Tel: (07) 5529 9488. Fax: (07) 5529 9499. Website:


Classic Schooner

Melbourne-based designer and builder Robert Hick has designed a classic schooner with a modern underwater shape that gives it the speed of a modern ocean racing yacht.

Hick says that the brief was for a traditional looking schooner that retained the charm of a classic yacht, with the speed of a modern yacht that was easy to handle for short-handed cruising.

The shape is based on the Hick-designed Midnight Rambler, which won the storm-swept 1998 Sydney to Hobart race. A few subtle changes have transformed the racing hull into a traditional beauty. The schooner rig with two non-overlapping headsails set on furlers has many advantages. The sails are relatively small and easy to handle while at the same time the design carries the same sail area as an IMS 40 but with a much lower centre of effort.

The light, durable hull is constructed of E-glass/balsa epoxy and is available at any stage, from drawings to complete sailaway.

Hick Marine. Tel: (03) 9399 2210. E-mail: