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A Breeze for Haines

Queensland boat builder Haines Hunter has upgraded and expanded its Breeze range with five models released in January.

The release is the company's first for 2002 and marks the first year of its new Australian ownership since the demise of OMC over a year ago.

The Breeze range began with just one entry-level boat, the Breeze 470 and is now set to expand from the 4.7m model to 5.0 metres, 5.3 metres, 5.8 metres and 6.3 metres. Haines Hunter will provide a range of packages featuring new cabin window styles and colour schemes, without luxury extras including carpets and soft furnishings making it ideal for first time boaters.

Haines Hunter. Tel: 07 3287 4088. Fax: 07 3807 3749. Website:


Bermuda Saltwater Series

Bermuda has expanded its range with the launch of the 6100 and 6500 Saltwater Series. The 6.1m and 6.5m plate alloy models are fitted with MerCruiser sterndrives, with a 1.7DTI available exclusively to the 6.1m model.

With a beam of 2.58m and a rear marlin platform, there is ample room to walk around the stern of the hull. A raised foredeck provides an elevated helm position for good all round vision.

The models feature a high freeboard and an elevated self-draining cockpit floor. Up front the owners have a choice of a cabin with or without a Vee berth. Additional features include a telescopic boarding ladder fitted to the marlin board and a sound proofed engine box. The Bermuda Saltwater series hulls are covered by a five year warranty.

Bermuda boat dealers. Tel: 1800 818 000. Website:


Halvorsen Returns

A famous name in powerboats in Australia, Halvorsen is set to return to boat building after a 20-year absence. Harvey Halvorsen has announced in Sydney that he is to put into production a 38ft powerboat based on the company's design pedigree that has spanned more than half a century.

Powered by a 420hp diesel, the Halvorsen 38 will have a top speed of around 25 knots. Construction will be in fibreglass and there will be three interior layouts on offer. Twin engines and a flybridge are available as options. In recent times the Halvorsen name has only appeared on craft built in Asia. Harvey Halvorsen plans to market the '38' locally and through the company's 14 international dealers.

Halvorsen. Tel: 02 9457 9011. Email:


Savage Kestrel

Savage Kestrel Sportsman from Savage Boats is a new lightweight aluminium runabout. The 4.18m Kestrel Sportsman features a fully welded hull and under floor foam buoyancy. The hull is rated to accept both two-stroke and four-stroke outboards up to 40hp.

Savage Boats Tel: 1800 818 000. Website:


Stacer 5.25m Range

Building on the successful launch of the EVO Hull in the 575 model, Stacer have released a 5.25m range. The 525 Easy Rider is now available with an EVO hull that includes complex bottom shapes developed through advanced aluminium press forming technology. The design incorporates a deadrise bottom shape with a deep Vee that is carried from stem to stern for turning ability and down-turned chines deliver stability at rest.

Apart from the new hull design the 525 Easy Rider also includes Stacer's new Mod Pod transom layout, which contributes to stability and also allows the boat to carry heavier engines and gets the hull onto the plane faster. The interior space is maximised through the deep Vee hull and high sides, with plenty of storage space including two large side pockets. Further storage is offered forward in the bowrider section under the lounge seating.

Other features include a walkthrough windscreen with a grab rail, moulded dashboards, a rear folding lounge with the option of a transom back rest and a transom tray that allows the battery to be stored off the floor. The bowrider section can be transformed into a casting platform by the use of an insert, which is a standard feature.

Stacer. Tel: 07 5585 9805. Website: