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Jeanneau Prestige 50S

The new Prestige 50S from French company, Jeanneau features generously-sized cabins, a luxurious saloon and a fully-equipped and spacious galley – the latter complete with a second refrigerator – all, according to Jeanneau, finished in fine woodwork and textiles.

A sizeable sunbathing area is perfect for whiling away the hours on those balmy afternoons, as are the deck saloon lounge seats, while from bow to stern its makers claim the whole boat has been innovatively designed to offer more internal space than normally found in a vessel of this size.

The PR50S is the flagship of Jeanneau’s Prestige range, with sisterships available in 32-, 34-, 36-, 42- and 46-ft configurations.

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


Lagoon 420

Designed by Van Peteghem and Lauriot Prévost, this recently released French-made Lagoon 420 catamaran has a length of 41ft 4in and a beam of 24ft 7in, and has 1054 square feet of sail area.

Lagoon claims the 420 packs a lot into its dimensions, including four cabins with queen-size beds, four toilets and a separate head and shower. Just past the helm station, the spacious rear deck opens into the interior kitchen and lounge area, with further space to spread out and relax at the bow.

This innovative catamaran also comes with two clean, green 10kW electric motors. When fully-charged, Lagoon claims the two motors can be powered for around two hours, depending on speed and conditions.

When the batteries’ charge drops to 80 per cent, the generator fires into life, charging the batteries and providing electricity for the motors. Under sail, the free-turning props also contribute to recharging the batteries.

As there’s only one fossil-fuelled engine on board, Lagoon says this means low fuel consumption, less maintenance, lower emissions and quiet running.

Inside, the 360-degree panoramic view the 420’s cabin affords is further complemented by a wide choice of internal fabrics and colours, allowing owners to give their 420 their own personal touch.

RRP: from $780,000.
Enquiries: Vicsail Australia, tel: (02) 9327 2088.
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CruiseCraft Explorer 685

Queensland-based boat builder, CruiseCraft has just unveiled the latest addition to its Explorer range, the Explorer 685. The Explorer 685 is the largest vessel in the Explorer range and features an entirely new deck and hull design.

CruiseCraft says the Outsider 685, with its walk-around deck, has long been its flagship fishing boat, but the new Explorer 685 offers the same performance, with greater cockpit space and a large, lockable cabin.

With a 6.85m hull and a beam of 2.5m, the Explorer 685 offers 5.67 square metres of cockpit space. The hull has a dead rise of 20 degrees, and comes with a seven-year structural guarantee.

With a maximum limit of 270hp, the 685 comes with a number of single or twin outboard engine configurations, while CruiseCraft says that with the recommended 225hp set-up, its 310lt fuel tank offers an excellent cruising range. A 370lt fuel tank is available as an option.

The forward cabin comes with upholstered bunks, cabin rails, a light, windows and a lockable sliding door, and there is also provision for an optional toilet and centre bunk fill-in.

On the fishing side, there are plenty of hand-holds such as a sturdy bow rail, recessed coaming hand rails and seat frames. The boat also features six rod holders, underfloor storage tanks and an aft bait box, while options include a stainless steel targa, plumbed live bait tank and removable ice boxes.

RRP: from approx. $90,000.
Enquiries: CruiseCraft Boats Pty Ltd, tel: (07) 3390 4877.



Baja Marine 315 Performance

Baja Marine says its new mid-sized 315 Performance blends the luxury of a larger cruiser with the performance of a smaller sport boat, and features a walk-through transom, split throttle controls, generous cabin height and an add-on swim platform.

Joining other recently introduced Baja Marine models, such as the 277 Islander and the 26 Outlaw, its makers say the 315 Performance takes its lead from the 405 Performance in terms of amenities and aesthetics, while its 24-degree dead rise hull is claimed to deliver superior handling.

Baja Marine claims that internal cabin space has been increased through eliminating bulkheads, the firm opting to use overhead deck braces instead. Up to three people can overnight in the 315 Performance, but Baja says the model’s expanded cockpit means that up to eight passengers can be accommodated during the day.

Enquiries: Andrew Short Marine, tel: (02) 9524 2699; Queensland Marine Centre, tel: (07) 5591 7032; Challenge Marine, tel: (08) 9420 8060.


Boston Whaler 345 Conquest

US builder, Boston Whaler has expanded its fleet with the addition of the 345 Conquest – the model now holding pride of place as the largest outboard vessel in the Boston Whaler range.

Boston Whaler claims the 345 Conquest is unsinkable, courtesy of the exclusive Unibond foam core construction employed, while the model also comes with a 10-year transferable hull warranty.

The 345 Conquest is the first Boston Whaler to come with an enclosed hard top helm station, which is equipped with air conditioning as standard. Further small luxuries are found in the form of an island berth, which can be raised at one end for easy television viewing or reading, with two spacious drawers concealed in its base.

Its makers claim the model can sleep six, and boasts many of the comforts of home, including AM/FM stereo with CD player, 20-in flat screen television with DVD player and a well-equipped galley.

Powered by two 275 CXL DTS Mercury Verado four-stroke engines, Boston Whaler’s new flagship can also come in a triple outboard format, featuring three 250 Mercury Verados.

Fishos will find the model packed with features, including four gunwale-mounted stainless steel rod holders (with three more in the transom), cockpit coaming bolsters and a bait preparation table. There are also four under-gunwale rod racks, a 150lt livewell, cutting board, tackle drawers, saltwater washdown and two in-deck fish boxes with pump-out.

RRP: from $490,000 to $550,000.
Enquiries: Boston Whaler has dealers located in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. For more information, visit:


Cruisers Yachts 390 Coupe and 300 CXi

Launched by Endeavour Boat Sales at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the 390 Coupe and 300 CXi are the two latest additions to the range of US boat manufacturer, Cruisers Yachts.

The 390 Coupe (above) features a sliding hard top and a walk-through windscreen, which its makers say affords excellent access to the foredeck.

The boat is powered by a Volvo IPS system with joystick control, and with a 12.2m LOA and a 4m beam, Cruisers Yachts says it offers plenty of comfort.

For those after something on the sporty side, the Cruisers Yachts 300 CXi is a fully-equipped sports cruiser, also with a walk-through windshield. Internal features include 6ft 3in of head room and a mid-cabin berth. The more manoeuvrable 300 CXi has an LOA of 9.4m and a beam of 3m.

RRP: 390 Coupe from $519,000; 300 CXi from $219,000.
Enquiries: Endeavour Boat Sales, tel: (08) 9433 3663.