Following the launch of the Altura 690, Ferretti
Yachts has released two new stablemates – the 681 and
630. Making its debut at the Genoa Boat Show last year, the 681
measures 68 feet (21 metres) and replaces the FY 680 model.
The 681 features a new master cabin with a semi-circular
sofa that affords a view of the sea, two guest cabins that have
been made larger, a flybridge with two large sun decks and a wide
cockpit that houses a teak table with seating for eight.
The 63m Ferretti 630 also made its first appearance
at Genoa last year and, like its stablemate, also sports two open-view
windows in the master cabin and large. single rounded windows positioned
from aft to stern.
Enquiries: Yachting Unlimited, tel: (02) 9566 2628.
SeaQuest Sports Bridge
To celebrate ten years of production, Bob Trask of
SeaQuest has released the SeaQuest Sports Bridge 3000 10th Anniversary
According to Trask, the SeaQuest Sports Bridge 3000 is “styled
for families who wish to enjoy weekends and longer away from busy
bays and beaches.”
The Sports Bridge 3000 is based on the 2800 model
and boasts a new hull offering more water length and internal space
as well as a new aft deck design that accommodates both sterndrive
and dual outboard engine options.
The helm station is raised off the main deck and
features a wrap-around dash module, complete with instrumentation.
A starboard side deck houses a lounge, with an in-built 80-litre
freezer and enough room for two alongside the helm chair.
Above the cockpit, the bridge deck has a moulded
sports targa, with front and side clears, while a sliding roof hatch
and zip-out forward screen provide ventilation.
The galley facilities are split on both sides of the cabin area,
with the portside module housing a plumbed sink and a two-burner
stove. To starboard are a microwave and 120-litre fridge.
A separate full-height bathroom has hot and cold
pressurised water drawn from a 230-litre freshwater tank and the
Auto San toilet features electric flush, holding tank and onboard
waste water processing.
A V-berth dinette converts to a double bed and a
separate aft cabin, complete with screened sliding window and hanging
locker, provides sleeping room for two adults.
The entertainment package consists of a 17” LCD flat screen
TV, with DVD/digital tuner and the sound provided by waterproof cockpit
speakers via the CD/MP3 audio system.
For the fisho, there is a fully-plumbed livebait tank, rod holders,
twin 90-litre removable underfloor storage boxes, plus a 2000-litre
storage compartment to pack the fishing gear.
Enquiries: SeaQuest Marine, tel: (07) 3389 3033.
Bar Crusher 560WR
Constructed from heavy duty, pre-stressed 4mm bottom
sides and 3mm top sides plate aluminium, the Bar Crusher 560WR measures
6.10m, with a beam of 2.25m.
According to the manufacturer, the 560WR provides a smooth ride thanks
to the Waveslicer, deep-V hull, while the Rigideck subfloor system
hull strength for crew in all conditions.
Rated to carry a 115-140hp outboard, the 560WR features
Quickflow water ballast technology, walk-around configuration, rod
holders, livebait tank, in-floor fish storage tank, berley bucket,
storage pockets, marlin board/swim platform and swim/dive ladder.
Enquiries: Bar Crusher Boats, tel: (03) 9702 8555.
Luhrs 31 Open
The Luhrs 31 Open recently arrived in Australia.
Designed as a serious sportsfisher with comfortable cruising accommodation,
the 31 Open comes with such standard features as a large transom
fishbox, insulated live well/ice box, prep-station with sink, cutting
board and livewell, fresh and raw water washdowns, tackle drawers
and a transom door.
A forward dinette converts into two singles or a
double berth, with two berths above. The fully-equipped galley houses
a generous work area, fridge/freezer and microwave. To port is a
roomy head (electric toilet, holding tank and macerator) and stand-up
There is storage throughout the boat, including underfloor
carpeted rod storage, drawers in the entry steps and a large bedding/cushion
stowage bin forward.
Powered by twin shaft-drive 315hp Yanmar diesels, the Luhrs 31 is
reported to reach a top speed of 30 knots, with a cruising speed
of around 20 knots.
Enquiries: BlueWater Power Yachts, tel: (02) 9979
9755. Website: www.bpy.com.au
Beneteau’s First 34.7 is designed to deliver
both performance and comfort.
For those with a competitive streak, the First 34.7 has a large open
cockpit, large steering wheel, retractable bowsprit, asymmetric spinnaker
and a saildrive engine (2YM20).
Designed by Farr Yacht Design, the First 34.7 is
built using the infusion technique for the hull and structure to
save weight and ensure quality of lamination and weight consistency,
according to Beneteau.
Enquiries: Beneteau Vicsail, tel: (02) 9327 2088.
King Cat 38
Queensland-based power catamaran manufacturer, King
Catamarans, will release its King Cat 38 at the Sanctuary Cove and
Sydney boat shows this year.
The King Cat 38 has a beam of 5.3m and features three
berths in a variety of configurations, one of which includes an en
suite. A large saloon area houses a lounge with enough room to seat
six adults and sleep two when the table is lowered.
The galley comes complete with all the mod cons,
including an oven and hotplates, a microwave, twin sinks and ample
The cockpit has sinks, bait tanks, kill tanks and a set of fully-moulded
stairs leading to a flybridge that boasts twin helm seats and enough
seating for up to 12 adults.
Enquiries: King Catamarans. Contact: Scott McGrath,
tel: 0412 285 311.
Sea Ray has released the 290 Sundancer. By day, the
290 Sundancer provides a party venue for guests, with cup holders
and a wet bar complete with stainless steel sink and built-in insulated
cooler, all located in the roomy cockpit. There is even a removable
carry-on cooler that can be stowed below.
A standard extended swim platform, with a concealed
three-step ladder, offers access to the water and incorporates a
hot and cold transom shower. And when it’s time to sunbath,
the cockpit seat slides out and folds down to a sun pad.
The helm station comes complete with a swivel bucket seat with a
flip-up thigh bolster, the latest in instruments (including SmartCraft),
weatherproof illuminated switches, power-assisted steering, sounder
and VHF radio.
The galley contains a recessed stove, microwave,
sink and dual-voltage refrigerator, plus fibreglass granite-coloured
benchtops and ample storage.
The 290 Sundancer sleeps up to six in three separate cabins. The
mid-stateroom has a private double bunk, while the V-berth features
a mirrored locker and wood tone cabinets, plus filler cushions and
a privacy curtain. Seating in the dining area converts to an extra
bed, with the addition of filler cushions.
Entertainment comes via the standard 12V AM/FM single
CD stereo, with six-disc changer, MP3 port, amplifier and six speakers.
The 290 Sundancer is powered by twin 4.3L MPI Bravo III petrol sterndrives.
Other power options include: Twin 5.0L MPI Bravo I petrol sterndrives
or twin 5.0L MPI Bravo III petrol sterndrives.
Enquiries: NSW Andrew Short Marine, tel: (02) 9524
2699; Qld Sea Ray, tel: (07) 5591 7032; WA Challenge
Marine, tel: (08) 9240 8060.
Avid fishos who have been glued to their TVs watching
the Australian Fishing Championships on Channel 10 might have noticed
the Stratos fishing boats used as the tournament’s official boat.
Brisbane’s Bruce Cunningham, of Cunningham’s Marine,
is Australia’s only Stratos dealer. “We carry several Stratos bass boats in stock – all
powered with Mercury engines. Best of all, you can get into the 18-foot,
6-inch model, just like the anglers use on the show, for around $50,000,” said
All Stratos fishing boats come equipped with twin
rod lockers, recirculating livewells, underfloor tackle storage,
electric motors and electronics.
Enquiries: Cunningham’s Marine, tel: (07) 3284 2348.
The Altus 45 is the first model from Ocean Alexander
to be released in Australia.
A recent expansion at the company’s Taiwan factory has resulted
in a move to bring the boats to Australia and they are being imported
by Ocean Alexander Motoryachts Australia at Brisbane’s Raby
Ocean Alexander Motoryachts Australia director, Darren
Berry says: “We
are confident that our competitive pricing and long list of standard
inclusions on every model will ensure the Ocean Alexander product
stands out from the crowd.”
The Altus 45 is part of Ocean Alexander’s Sport
Sedan range and is designed by world-renowned naval architect, Ed
Monk Jr. The hull of the Altus 45 features prop tunnels, which are
designed to provide greater lift, speed and manoeuvrability, while
also reducing fuel consumption.
Standard power comes via twin Yanmar 370hp diesel
shaftdrives that are reported to produce a 21-knot cruising speed.
For those wanting a bit more power, the optional 440hp Yanmar can
produce a 28-knot top speed. Powerplants from Cummins and Caterpillar
are also available.
Standard features include air conditioning, flybridge
hardtop, 42” plasma
TV, barbecue, icemaker, genset, full electrics and designer décor.
Enquiries: Ocean Alexander Motoryachts Australia.
Contact: Darren Berry, tel: 0417 006 009. Website: www.oceanalexander.com.au
The latest addition to the Cabo Yachts Australia
model line-up is the 40 Express.
Designed to appeal to the serious sportsfisherman or family boater,
the 40 Express has a reported top speed of 36 knots when powered
by 700hp C-12 Caterpillar diesels.
The Express features an LOA of 42’10”, a beam of 15’9” and
a draft of 3’5”. It has a transom deadrise of 16.5 degrees
and 140 square feet of room in the cockpit.
Standard features include a transom livewell, underfloor fish boxes,
transom door and padded coamings.
The helm deck has ample seating thanks to an L-shaped
lounge and the entire deck can be raised hydraulically to provide
engine room access.
Below deck is an air-conditioned main cabin with an L-shaped lounge
that converts to upper and lower berths.
A fully-equipped galley on the port side includes
Corian benchtops, microwave oven, two-burner stove, fridge/freezer
and ample storage.
The master stateroom features an island berth and rod lockers.
Enquiries: Cabo Yachts Australasia. Contact: John
Briggs, tel: 0411 190 111. Website: www.caboyachtsaustralasia.com
The Corsair 33 is the latest addition to the Corsair
range from Chris-Craft.
Available with either petrol or diesel engines, the first Corsair
due in Australia will sport Volvo Penta 375hp diesels.
The Corsair 33 features Chris-Craft’s deep
vee hull and classic flared bow.
For those who like to party, the on-deck entertainment centre has
a wet bar (fridge/icemaker optional extras), seating for up to eight
people and speakers providing stereo sound from the entertainment
system, which includes a flat screen television and DVD player.
The standard bimini offers protection from the elements
and can be stored in a moulded compartment beneath the hydraulic
engine hatch when not in use.
Inside the cockpit are double width helm seats and a wrap-around
U-shaped lounge aft with a centre walk-through to provide access
to the swim platform. All seating has stowage underneath.
Offering overnight accommodation for up to four,
the Corsair 33 includes a forward stateroom that can double as a
dining area, a fully-equipped galley, enclosed head/bathroom and
a separate berth amidships with privacy curtain.
The galley includes a stainless steel refrigerator,
microwave, sink and ample storage. The main saloon offers seating
for four in a vee berth arrangement.
Options on the Corsair 33 include a teak table for al fresco dining
and a sunpad kit to convert the aft lounge to a sunbed.
Enquiries: Chapman Marine Group, tel: (02) 9326 2867.