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Whittley 660 Cruiser

The Whittley brothers, Neville and Steve, set out to create a family weekender that could be towed by a mid-size four-wheel-drive and came up with the Whittley 660 Cruiser.

The 6.6m cruiser was created and styled entirely by the team at Whittley and is positioned between the Monterey model and Cruisemaster 700.

The Whittley Cruiser 660 features a 20-degree deep vee hull to ensure smooth riding performance and is available with either dual outboards or a single large horsepower outboard.

Also included is a marlin board extension at the transom, a sliding sunroof (in the hardtop cabin), a stainless steel rack that can support an inflatable and a vee-berth that can be filled to make a full-length double-bed. The helm features a fully moulded console, CD and radio system, 27Mhz marine radio, control switches to the bilge pump, navigation lights and there is plenty of storage room under both the helm and passenger seats.

Inside the galley there is a stainless steel sink, single burner cook top, upright fridge/freezer and a Flickmixer tap delivers both hot and cold water to the galley.

Enquiries: Whittley Marine Industries.
Tel: (03) 9465 1644.


Family Explorer 575

Cruise Craft has released the Explorer 575, which replaces the Explorer 550 and sits in between the 500 and 600 models.

The Cruise Craft Explorer cuddy cab range was originally designed for the recreational fishing market, now with a number of modifications it has become family friendly.

By moving the bulkhead 150mm further back, Cruise Craft has expanded the size of the cuddy cab and enhanced the interior comfort level. The fuel lines are situated behind the lounge and the bilge pump, oil bottles (for the two-stroke models) are located on a stepped floor either side of the bilge recess.

Other modifications include an anchor locker between the bowsprit the rise of the cab, a moulded hull liner, which incorporates recesses for the EPIRB and fire extinguisers, padded lounges, coamings and cabin rails, a wider helm, bow rails, larger wetboxes and recessed grab rails.

Enquiries: Cruise Craft. Tel: (07) 3390 4877.


Ferretti 590

Ferretti has announced the release of the new Ferretti 590 set to replace the 57. Designed by Zuccon Studio and Ferretti Engineering, the Ferretti 590 features a large sun-lounge, chaise lounge, fridge and sink for entertaining in the flybridge as well as the standard electronically closing dashboard.

To reach the main deck there is staircase leading to the cockpit and the saloon can be accessed via a second small staircase. Inside the saloon there is a sofa, corner armchair and a LCD television with a second dinette near the pilothouse.

A staircase close to the pilot house leads to three cabins, two with double-beds and one with two single-beds. Each cabin has a private head and wardrobe. A fourth cabin is situated near the galley.

Power options include two MAN 800 engines, which give a cruising speed of up to 28 knots and a maximum of 31 or two MAN 1050s for higher performance and a cruising speed of 32 knots and a maximum speed of 35 knots.

Enquiries: Southern Aurora.
Tel: (02) 9969 8577. Yacht Italia.
Tel: (08) 9389 5021.



Quintrex Range

To meet the diverse range of waterway conditions, Quintrex Open Boats are designed with different hulls, including the Millennium Hull and Flared Bow.

The Millennium Hull is featured on three models, Darts, Dorys and Fishseekers. They are ideal for creeks, estuaries and lakes. The Dart series consists of four different size boats, 3.10 metre, 3.55 metre, 3.75 metre and 3.90 metre and come with a variety of standard features including extra flotation in the wide bench seats, transom and bow handles.

The 3.10m and 3.55m Darts have a lightweight frame (61kg and 71kg) which makes them easy to tie and lift onto a car roof while the 3.75m Dart and 3.90m Dart offer a similar layout in a bigger V-bottom hull and can be powered by outboards up to 25hp.

For those after a wide-bodied V-nose boat, the 4.2m and 5.2m Quintrex Dorys come with a low carpeted floor, carpeted fuel tank rack and two bench seats and offer 16 optional extras.

The Fishseeker is suited to anglers looking for an open boat and is available in four sizes, the 4.20m, 4.35m, 4.60m and the 6.00m. The latter three models feature a combination of both the Millennium Hull and Flared Bow to provide a smoother ride and boat an interior large enough to store fishing and safety gear. Options on the Fishseeker include a bimini, bimini envelope, rod holders, extruded side decks and a fully-carpeted floor.

Enquiries: Quintrex Dealers.