Silver Shark 580
Newly available in Australia, the Silver Shark 580 is the latest European Alufibre boat introduced by Sydney-based boat retailer, Scandinavian Boat Imports.
Built in Ahtari, Finland, the Silver Shark 580 is designed to be simple to maintain and tough. It has a sturdy marine aluminium hull and a stylish, fully-moulded fibreglass interior. Strong enough to withstand the type of rough, harsh sea conditions in Finland, the high freeboard of the 580 means passengers will stay dry even in the heaviest breakers.
A wide variety of optional extras is available to transform the Shark into a pleasure craft or workhorse.
Enquiries: Scandinavian Boat Imports, tel: (02) 9967 9858, www.silverboats.com.au.
Monterey 415 Sports Yacht
Designed from the hull up to accommodate Volvo’s IPS system, Monterey’s 415 Sports Yacht is powered by Volvo’s twin diesel IPS 500 engines, which give the boat a car-like manoeuvrability and easy joystick-controlled docking ability, says Monterey.
The 415’s other features include an integrated hardtop and an oversized cockpit with its own BBQ and fridge. Down below, the saloon has a large convertible sofa and an open-plan galley with fridge and freezer.
TThe 415 Sports Yacht has two cabins and two toilets; a surround-sound system comes standard with a large flat screen TV and an air conditioner with reverse cycle heat.
Inquiries: Squadron Boat Sales, tel: (02) 8968 7400, or www.squadronboatsales.com
Quintrex 670 Offshore
In response to the demands of fishermen who want a rugged long range workhorse, Quintrex recently unveiled the 670 Offshore, the flagship of its new Offshore range.
he Offshore models are designed with Quintrex’s Millennium V-Flare Hull and Flared Bow, a combination that delivers a smooth ride that cuts through the chop with ease, says Quintrex.
Quintrex claims that the 670, with a LOA of 7.06m, can comfortably cater for eight people. The cabin features a sliding cabin hatch with a carpeted interior fitted with cabin cushions and roomy storage bins for fishing gear.
In addition to the 670 Offshore, the full Quintrex Offshore fishing range includes the 630 Offshore, 630 Offshore Ocean Sport and 670 Offshore Centre Cabin. Each model is available with three power options: MerCruiser Cummins diesel stern drives (SDD), MerCrusier stern drive petrol (SDP) or an outboard motor.
Enquiries: Quintrex, tel: 1300 727 188, or www.quintrex.com.au.
Regal 2520 FasDeck
o change the complexion of its deck boat line, Regal Marine’s designers paired the patented FasTrac hull with an open cockpit and bow layout to create the 2520 FasDeck. The result, according to Regal, is a boat with the edgy styling of an Italian yacht, the performance and handling of a sport boat and the SUV-like functionality of a deck boat.
As a deck boat, the 2520 has ample room to accommodate a large number of guests; the fore and aft seating arrangements are specifically designed to make for a more social atmosphere by offering convertible seating and multiple lounge areas. As a performance boat, the 2520 gets up to 48 knots when outfitted with a 375hp, 8.1 litre engine.
Enquiries: Chapman Marine Group, tel: (02) 9326 2867, or www.regalboats.com.
Azimut 95 Flybridge
Italian yachting manufacturer, Azimut, says its new 95 Flybridge is “a privileged place to live the sea in the open air.”
Offering more than 175 sqm of space for onboard life, the 95 offers a new interpretation of Italian-made elegance, with its refined large spaces devoted to maximising comfort, says Azimut. The main deck is subdivided by cherry furniture around a large saloon positioned on a single level, plus a lunch area, offering a panoramic view of the sea thanks to the central windows of the deckhouse.
There are four spacious cabins in the lower decks. Particularly of note is the skipper’s cabin, which includes a double berth, jacuzzi and shower.
The large flybridge is equipped with an adjustable hard top. Azimut calls the 95’s fully-roofed cockpit and generous bow spaces “lofts on the water.”
Enquiries: Atlantic Motor Yachts, or www.atlanticmotoryachts.com.au.
Following the release of the Catalina 23 and its successful entrée into the centre console market, Chris-Craft has introduced its second, and largest, centre console model, the Catalina 29.
Boasting Chris-Craft’s trademark deep-V hull and flared bow, the Catalina 29’s design ensures a smooth, dry ride and easy manoeuvrability.
The cockpit is self-bailing and contains a folding transom seat. In front of the centre console is a bench that flips up to reveal a TECMA head unit. The forward seating area is large and U-shaped and provides enough room to stretch out and relax.
At the helm, there are two seats with teak accents on the floor, as well as a stainless steel steering wheel. Both a live well and a sink are located directly behind the helm, which is capped off by a white fibreglass hard top equipped with two radial outriggers.
Enquiries: Chapman Marine Group, tel: (02) 9326 2867, or www.chapmanmarine.com.au.
Recently launched in Auckland, Tramontana is the latest Icon 54 from New Zealand’s Formula Cruisers.
Featuring a teak interior complimented by a colour scheme of warm, neutral fabrics, the three-cabin layout of the Icon 54 will accommodate six guests. And, to ensure they are entertained and comfortable, there is an aft-positioned galley, large
dinette, gas barbecue and a surround sound entertainment system.
Enquiries: Formula Cruisers, tel: +64 9 412 6152, or www.formulacruisers.co.nz.
Luhrs 35 Convertible
At the unveiling in July, representatives from Luhrs described their new 35 Convertible as “a unique combination of awesome fishing prowess, speed, safety and comfort.”
With an overall length of 11.6 metres and a beam of 4.45 metres, the 35C is indeed big and roomy, with a large cockpit at the business end, and room to sleep six inside. The main saloon offers 1.9 metres of headroom, a full-sized sleeper sofa, 26-inch flat screen TV and Bose stereo system. The portside galley comes fully-equipped, and the master stateroom has a double berth, while the guest stateroom offers a large berth that accommodates two. A full-sized bathroom with vanity sink and a separately enclosed shower rounds out the easy-living package.
Even with all the amenities, Luhrs insists that the 35C is still “a fish-fighting machine” that features two in-deck insulated fish boxes with macerator pumps, an additional fish box in the coaming, a complete bait prep-centre with locking tackle drawers, built-in livewell and sink.
Enquiries: Bluewater Power Yachts, tel: (02) 9986 0377, or www.bpy.com.au.
LeisureCat 8000 Westerner
The new LeisureCat 8000 Westerner features a strikingly innovative electrically movable cab. Mounted on tracks, the cab can move to the port or starboard side with the flick of a switch, allowing the full length of the boat to be used for fishing.
The cab itself is fitted with a lockable door and houses an electric toilet. Move to the front of the cab and there is upholstered seating for 5 people with storage under all the seating.
Enquiries: LeisureCat Australia (08) 9410 0888, or www.leisurecat.com.au.
Fairline Targa 64 Gran Turismo
In a fitting commemoration of its 40-year anniversary, Fairline Boats has premiered its newest range of Targa Gran Turismos, including its flagship, the Targa 64.
The Targa 64 features Fairline’s patented retractable Gran Turismo roof, a spacious outdoor cockpit with a galley bar and extensive seating. A walk indoors reveals a luxurious deck saloon and helm position.
A particular highlight of the Targa 64 is the wide atrium-style access to the fully-equipped galley. Another is the full-beam master stateroom amidships, with an electro-chromatic partition to the en-suite shower. This hi-tech system changes the glass from opaque to transparent at the flick of a switch.
The Targa 64 has a LOA of 19.3m and is available with twin Caterpillar C18-1015 diesels (1015mhp), allowing for speeds up to 35 knots.
Enquiries: Chapman Marine Group, tel: (02) 9326 2867, or www.fairline.com.
Fjord 40 Open
The 12-metre Fjord 40 Open, the new flagship of the Fjord line, was conceived by the Allseas Design group both in France and Australia. It is a boat that has uncluttered design features and a spacious exterior.
The 40 Open has more than 10 sqm of sun beds, seating for up to 12 people around a convertible table, walk-around deck, pantry and wet bar, and accommodation for two in the cabin below.
Fjord Motor Boats has recently announced that, after extensive factory testing, its 40ft Open and Cruiser models will be offered exclusively with Volvo IPS drives. The move to Volvo’s inboard drive system will bring a number of performance advantages, including a 30 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and a 20 per cent higher top speed (from 36 to 44 knots).
Enquiries: Windcraft Australia, tel: (02) 9979 6612, or www.fjordboats.com.au.