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Sea Ray’s baby Sundancer

Sea Ray has reinvented the smallest model in its line of cruisers, the 240 Sundancer. Set to replace the existing 240 DA, one of the more notable differences between the two is the seating configuration.

The helm seat is to starboard and is a single seat/bolster, with a flexible companion seat. The companion seat is adjunct to the helm seat, but has no back, allowing the passenger to sit forward, aft or to the side.

At the transom there is another bench seat for two and inside the cabin is a V-berth, with a removable filler cushion so it can become a lounge. Insert a table and it becomes a dinette for four.

For trips away, the mid stateroom has a double berth with its own privacy curtain, a fully enclosed head with shower, curtain, portable toilet and vanity with sink. The water system comes standard with a freshwater transom shower, a dockside water inlet, 20-gallon water tank and six-gallon water heater.

The 240 maintains its signature look with its high gloss black coral finish at the helm station and SmartCraft instrumentation, with low-glare blue night lighting, chrome bezels, a four-in-one gauge and system tacho.

Standard power is a pair of 260hp 5.0-litre MPI Bravo III MCMs, with a range of petrol and diesel stern drive options also available.

Enquiries: NSW – Andrew Short Marine, tel: (02) 9524 2699; QLD – Sea Ray, tel: (07) 5591 7032; WA – Challenge Marine, tel: (08) 9240 8060.

Bavaria 35 Sport

From the Bavaria sports boat stable comes the new 35 Sport and 35 Sport HT.

Measuring more than 40 feet with a beam of 12 feet, the 35 Sport Series feature twin private staterooms, European galley, full walk around decks and a one-level cockpit design.

They are available with the choice of a fully enclosed hard top with hydraulic sunroof, or for those who enjoy the open, a soft top with full covers.

Enquiries: Andrew Howden at Bavaria Motor Boats, tel: 0438 696 157.

Savage Elite 5.5

Savage has released its new Elite 5.5 Runabout. The largest runabout in the range, it has room for up to six people and, according to Savage, is versatile enough for fishing, skiing, and all-round cruising.

Standard features include a walk-through windscreen, storage up front and underfloor, pedestal seats, aft quarter seats, adjustable helm seats, two bait boxes, upholstered pockets and trailer tie-downs.

Options such as full carpet, stainless steel grab rails, transom ladder, marlin boards, overhead rod holders, bimini/canopy/side and front clears are also available.

The Savage Elite can be matched to a Mercury or Mariner 150hp two-stroke and comes with a 3-year structural hull and motor warranty.

Enquiries: Savage Boats, tel: 1800 114 800.

Princess V53

The new Princess V53 is set to arrive in Australia in early 2006. The V53 comprises two seating areas on deck plus top loading cold box and barbeque, whilst the aft deck has a triple sun bed.

Down below there are three cabins, a fully-equipped galley, a saloon with an extendable table that can be inserted into the bar, as well as a LCD TV and DVD player.

Incorporating a propeller tunnel chine and spray rail, the Princess V53 has a reported top speed between 36-38 knots.

Enquiries: Euroyachts, tel: (07) 3369 8888.

Stacer Pro Tournament

Stacer’s Pro Tournament range is loaded with a host of fisho favourites. According to Stacer’s National Sales and Marketing Manager, Damien Duncan, the Pro Tournament range offers the best of both worlds – comfort and stability.

“This superior stable platform is perfect for bass-style fishing,” says Damien.

There are two models in the range; the 470 Pro Tournament and the 470 Pro Tournament Elite. The sportier of the two, the Pro Tournament Elite, features two roto-moulded pumped live wells, a central 7-foot rod locker, folding seat/rear platform and several storage compartments.

Both models measure 4.69 metres overall, with a beam of 2.18 metres and a depth of .95 metres. Both come packaged ‘Ready 2 Go’ with a Mariner outboard, 4.7m Stacer trailer, safety equipment, boat and trailer registrations and bimini and envelope.

All Ready 2 Go packages also come with a factory-backed three-year warranty.

Enquiries: Stacer, tel: (07) 5585 9898.

Theodore Coastal 720

The result of more than five years of research and development, the Theodore 720 Coastal is a low-profile, half cab aimed at the serious angler. The Theodore 720 Coastal measures 7.2m, with a beam of 2.5m, and has a carpeted cockpit with large pockets on each side, battery lockers in the transom and a central drained fish tank.

The cabin has enough room to sleep two, with a Porta-Potti-style head, plus a hatch located forward for access to the windlass and chain locker.

At the helm there is a full array of Raymarine gear, including sounder and autopilot units, VHF radio and four drink holders. Available with five engine options – two petrol and three diesel – the Theodore 720 Coastal is priced from $98,000.

Enquiries: Port River Marine, tel: (08) 8444 0000.

Sealine 42/5 and F34

Sealine’s F42/5 and F34 dual-station flybridge cruisers are set to arrive in January.

Both models feature Sealine’s Extending Cockpit System. With the press of a button, the transom slides back to open up a vast area of deck space. The F42/5 can be extended from 42 feet to 45 feet and the F34 extends from 34 feet to 37 feet overall.

The system can also retract when underway or berthing. The F42/5 has a 4-8 berth accommodation, including a forward master cabin and mid cabin that can be converted to either double or twin layout. Both have ensuite toilet/ shower facilities.

In the entertainment area is an L-shaped lounge, which seats up to six people and an additional two can be seated when the sunpads are lifted to form backrests.

Both boats can be configured with identical control setups both above and below.

Enquiries: 5 Star Motor Cruisers, tel: 1300 764 771.

Quintrex 540 Spirit

According to Quintrex, its new-release 540 Spirit can accommodate all kinds of summer fun, from swimming and skiing to fishing and cruising.

Built with Quintrex’s Millennium Hull, Flared Bow, and Maxi 2 transom, the 540 Spirit has enough room for six people and can be towed by a family sedan.

Measuring 5.62m with a beam of 2.39m, it features moulded internal side panels, with two built-in drink holders, horizontal rod brackets, alloy core hatches, a maxi bracket, roto-moulded anchorwell, cabin bunk storage, a rear folding lounge and back rest.

The Quintrex 540 Spirit is available as an ‘Instant Boating’ package, which includes a 90hp Mariner outboard, trailer, safety equipment, boat and trailer registrations and bimini, with front clears and envelope.

Enquiries: Quintrex, tel: (07) 5585 9898.

Regal Commodore

The latest release from US manufacturer Regal has arrived at the Chapman Marine Group in Sydney.

The Regal Commodore 4460 offers all the creature comforts in a classically-styled saloon and accommodation area below. It measures 13.6 metres in length and is powered by twin 480hp Volvo Penta diesels capable of up to 30 knots.

The Regal Commodore 4460 is priced at $783,000.

Enquiries: Chapman Marine Group, tel: (02) 9326 2867.

Antares 8.8

Positioned in between the Antares 7.60 and Series 9 is the new Antares 8.8.

It features a flared V-shaped hull, ample living space and headroom (1.9m in the wheelhouse and 1.75m in the cabin), separate water closet and shower compartments, modular bench seats in the saloon, which can also provide either a forward-facing seat for the co-driver or an extra berth. In the cabin, the berth can also be converted into a bench seat.

Movement around the deck is made easier thanks to the wide side decks and there is a teak-clad bathing platform with built-in ladder (concealed in a locker).

Power comes via two Volvo 160hp HP D3 engines.

Enquiries: JW Marine, tel: (02) 9518 6977.