Sunrunner 3100 Sports Fisher

In 2001, Sunrunner Cruisers introduced itself into the luxury sport cruiser market with the launch of its award-winning Sunrunner 3400. In six years, the range of the Gold Coast manufacturer has expanded to include six hulls, from 28 to 48 feet. Now established as one of Australia’s premier manufacturers of sports cruisers, Sunrunner’s newest model, the 3100 Sports Fisher, takes all that it knows about cruising vessels and applies it to a fishing vessel.


When drawing up designs for its newest range of sports fishers, Sunrunner turned to its successful 3100 Sports Cruiser for inspiration. The upshot: a considerable amount of space was allotted for the cockpit of the Sports Fisher 3100. Sunrunner says it went to great lengths to ensure the cockpit of its new Sports Fisher was up to the task, especially as far as space goes. Consequently, there is plenty of room for a keen crew to come to grips with a multi-hook-up, without too much chaos ensuing.

Under the shade of the hardtop, everything is close to hand: live bait wells, bait board, ice box, sink, hot/cold shower and BBQ, while the walk-around side decks are easily accessed. The addition of the moulded teak swim platform makes it obvious that this boat is designed for those boaties who don’t see fishing and partying as mutually excusive on-water pursuits.

Down below, the Sunrunner 3100 offers full headroom, large bathroom, convertible dinette, aft cabin complete with side lounge, and portholes everywhere. The galley and fully-moulded internal liners offer a fresh, clean look, increased strength and noise suppression.

According to Sunrunner, the Sports Fisher 3100 maintains the standard of quality and comfort of the Sunrunner name, while offering plenty of utility and performance to the fisho with friends.

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Back Cove 33

The Back Cove range began in 2003, when Back Cove Yachts collaborated with its sister company, Sabre Yachts, to create a vessel reminiscent of the style of the Maine lobster boat. What they came up with was a simple, but elegant power boat with a spoon bow and a gently-sloped transom.


The boat’s systems were designed to be simple and efficient to minimise the cost of ownership. A single diesel engine propulsion system and standard bow thruster were chosen for efficiency and manoeuvrability in tight spaces. These practical design features provide the template for the Back Cove 33 and, according to Back Cove, the “downeast” lobster boat has found a home Down Under.

The Back Cove 33’s vee-hull and diesel engine get her on plane at ten knots, and allow for comfortable cruising at 20 knots, while fuel consumption stays low at 45 litres per hour, according to Back Cove. The hull has downward-turning chines and long spray rails to provide additional lift and to push spray down and away from the windshield. Wide side decks, oversized hand rails and large dimension mooring cleats are some of the standard design inclusions.


Below deck, the Back Cove 33 has a large vee-berth, L-settee with pilot berth above and a head with stall shower. The helm deck is airy, with overhead hatches, opening side windows and a centre-opening windshield. A full galley stretches out on the aft section of the deck, and to port is a dinette that seats four adults. Forward of the dinette, a double mate’s seat provides a comfortable perch for the navigator. Keeping things free of complications was obviously a focus for designers, as engine access is exceptional; the helm deck, including the dinette, raises to expose the yacht’s drive system.

Practical and beautiful, says its makers, the Back Cove 33 has ample room in the cockpit and comfortable amenities below. The Back Cove 33 is available in Australia exclusively through E Marine Australia. For more information, go to:




It’s been done before – amphibious vehicles – but this Kiwi-built hybrid takes the concept to a new, and seemingly more practical level.


According to its makers, Sealegs Amphibious Marine Craft, its RIB-based craft are 95 per cent boat and five per cent vehicle. They have reportedly found favour with many boaters in their country of origin and are now being seen in increasing numbers on this side of the Tasman.

Ranging in size from 5.6 to 7 metres, Sealegs can be paired with standard 90-130hp outboards, propelling them at speeds up to 40 knots. On land, the three all-terrain wheels are driven by a small four-stroke stationary engine, which is coupled to a hydraulic pump system that can drive the wheels to speeds up to 10km/h. The hydraulic system also raises and lowers the wheels, ensuring zero drag in the water.

The key feature to the Sealegs concept, according to Sealegs Australia director, Will Burrell, is that, from start to finish, the whole transformation from shore to sea is a single-handed manoeuvre.

“It allows one person the freedom to launch a boat by himself and when finished, clear the water without having to rely on help. Launching and landing no longer means getting wet,” he said.

The concept is ideal for anyone living handy to the water and who is looking at making launching a lot less labour-intensive. The whole operation is made even easier with the use of a drive-on/drive-off trailer.

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