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Southwind UB580

The Southwind UB670 has long been a favourite with fishing guides operating in the northern part of Australia. Now there’s an even more economical solution for those restricted by budget.

The Southwind UB580 has a similar bottom shape to the UB670 and allows short coastal passages to remote creeks.

5.79 metres in length and with a beam of 1.96 metres, the UB580 can carry a maximum of a 90hp two-stroke or 100hp four-stroke, with a maximum engine weight of 169kg.

The UB580 features a self-draining cockpit and underfloor foam and can be used with a tiller steer engine. Alternatively it can be fitted out with a centre-console.

Factory options include, live wells, hydraulic steering, nylon keel runner, padded side coamings and lean seat.

Enquiries: Southwind.
Tel: (02) 4389 1893.


Zodiac Acti-V Hull

Zodiac has released the 2003 range of Cadet Fastroller tenders.

Incorporating Zodiac’s fully integrated inflatable floor and keel systems, the Acti-V system allows the Cadet tenders to sport a rigid inflatable floor and deep-V keel.

Developed to give greater grip in turns, better straight line tracking and more precise directional control the tenders can be inflated through one valve and there are no solid panels except for the transom.

With Zodiac’s high pressure H2P system, the tenders can support 100kg and when deflated, roll down to store in a carry bag.

Enquiries: Zodiac.
Tel: 1800 688 552.

Foam flotation is built into the framework
in enclosed compartments

Quintrex Positive Flotation

Quintrex is the first Australian boat manufacturer to feature Positive Flotation.

Positive flotation is the installation of significant quantities of foam in secure compartments along the sides and underfloor framework of the boat.

“Should the boat become fully swamped, the flotation will help the boat remain level and upright,” says Stuart Morgan Research and Development Manager.

In keeping with the company’s philosophy of continuous improvement, Quintrex conducts swamp testing on each of its models.

Positive floatation has been installed in accordance with the American Boat and Yacht Council and European Certification (CE) Standards.

Other new safety features of the 2004 range include the Quintrex Wash Deck. A self-bailing wash deck has been added to ensure that excess water is caught and flushed through outlets at the transom.

This is complemented by an automatic bilge pump and comes standard on all models 4.55 metres and over. The wash deck is suited to anchored boats, rainy days or choppy waters.

All new features work in synergy with the Quintrex Millennium Hull, Maxi 2 Transom and V-Flared Bow.

Enquiries: Quintrex.
Tel: (07) 5585 9898.


Yamaha Package

Yamaha Motor Australia will be entering into turn-key packaging partnerships with both Ally Craft and Sea Jay boats.

The first three models to be released came from the Ally Craft range and are known as the Broadwater Series. All three boats are offered in turn-key state including safety kit, trailer and registration.

The range starts with the Broadwater Rhino 4.10-metre, fitted with a Yamaha 30 DMHL two-stroke. The package includes carpeted floor, canopy, rear step, painted hull and colour graphics.

Catering for the compact runabout buyer is the Broadwater Navajo 4.25 fitted with the Yamaha 40 VETOL two-stroke or the F40 BETL four-stroke. The boat comes with trailer, registration, safety kit, canopy, upholstered swivel seats, nav lights, folding rear lounge, underfloor floatation and fuel tank.

At the top of the Broadwater range is the 4.75-metre Bow Rider, which comes with a choice of either a Yamaha 60 FETOL two-stroke or F60AETL four-stroke. The package includes canopy, registration, safety kit, custom trailer, nav lights, upholstered swivel seats, bow lounge with backrests, mega pod with duck board, carpeted floor, underfloor floatation and fuel tank.

The packages will only be available where Yamaha dealers retail either Ally Craft of Sea Jay boats.

Enquiries: Yamaha Motor Australia.
Tel: (02) 9757 0011.


SeaRay 375 Sundancer

Style, performance and all-out comfort have been rolled into one sport cruiser with SeaRay’s 375 Sundancer.

With high-gloss burl accents, a forward-facing fibreglass sport spoiler and a full standard canvas package the 375 Sundancer has plenty of room for family and friends to relax on the companion bench seat and large removable aft bench seat.

Features include a wet bar in the cockpit complete with icemaker, ice chest and sink with the option to replace the icemaker with a refrigerator. Extra gear is not a problem with large storage areas in the cockpit side panels and in the transom wall.

At the helm, there is a swivel bucket helm seat with a flip-up thigh-rise bolster for three different driving positions. Standard electronics on the 375 include a depthfinder and VHF radio along with technical features like hydraulic steering, (V-drives only), illuminated weatherproof rocker switches, power tilt and trim (stern drives) plus an emergency start system. For easy access to the engine room there is an electrically activated engine hatch.

For those who enjoy the water there is an extended platform and a concealed three-step ladder. Inside SeaRay has provided a standard entertainment centre complete with 13-inch colour TV/VCR radio combination, Clarion CD stereo with six-disc changer digital cockpit remote and speaker selector switches.

Down below a sofa converts to a bed and the vee-berth features a full-size island-style bed with storage below. The mid-cabin stateroom converts to a double-berth at night.

There is also a full fibreglass head with shower, sink, Vacuflush head and vanity. Inside the galley is a recessed two-burner stove, refrigerator, microwave and ample storage.

Powered by a MX6.2L MPI MerCruiser V-drive, the 375 Sundancer is an ideal sport cruiser for extended outings or weekend getaways.

Enquiries: SeaRay International Australia.
Tel: (07) 5532 1922.


51 Dolphin

The 51 Dolphin reinterprets the old-style lobster boat, a typical American craft originally from New England.

It features two spacious sun-bathing platforms, one fixed to the bow and a retractable one on the stern, which can comfortably hold up to six people lying down. A loveseat under the deckhouse, behind which is a practical fold-out table with three seats and a barbecue, make the aft deck well-equipped for dining outside.

The refined design maximises space to offer in a 51-foot boat, a livability typical of much larger vessels. The double captain’s chair offers a lifting system, which is especially useful when manoeuvring or mooring.

The dinette closure makes the boat comfortable and adaptable to any climate. A single pane of curved glass gives great visibility from within the dinette. The doorway to the living room has a sliding door opening system and transforms the boat into one big open space. A leather couch, which can comfortably seat six people, contrasts with the dark teak of the parquet and the extendable table; a plasma television is hidden in a console in front of the couch.

The 51 Dolphin welcomes its guests for the night in two large double cabins. There is a separate cabin available for the crewman. The master cabin has a teak parquet floor and walls, cupboards and shelves in addition to a chest of drawers located under the double bed and two closets. Bathroom facilities are accessible from the cabin and include a shower with a seat, teak furnishings and oak panelling.

The guest cabin offers two parallel beds, teak parquet floor and panelling, a closest and a cupboard. The bathroom is accessible from the cabin or hallway has a shower, oak panelling and teak furnishings. The sailor’s cabin can be accessed from the couch on the well-deck.

A four-horse tender can be stowed in the stern already inflated and ready for use.

The 51 Dolphin is powered by two MAN 800s with a maximum speed of 33.5 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots.

Enquiries: Azure Yachts.
Seaworld Dve, Main Beach, Qld.
Tel: (07) 5538 7658.